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Osprey Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rapid City, South Dakota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 229 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From Rapid City take Highway 44 west to the junction with Highway 385. Turn to the south and travel 2.8 miles to the junction with FSR 258 just past the Pactola Visitor Center. Travel west on FSR 258 for 1.4 miles to junction with FSR 545. Take FSR 545 for one mile to the trailhead.

5 days ago

i wasn't overwhelmed. nice hike, but the scenery was kind of blah. I was hoping for a more awesome lake.

hiking
22 days ago

Just your average hiking trail. Pretty nice

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful views.

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
2 months ago

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Good simple trail. Pretty well marked throughout. Still snowy and icy in places. Campground was closed so we had to park outside campground and walk through to get to trailhead.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Very pretty trail around the lake. The trail has a nice view of the water for the entire hike. Not much elevation gain but the trail has some nice up and downs as it strolls you around the lake. Great easy afternoon

hiking
7 months ago

Slightly overgrown in small patches but overall a beautiful short hike. Great views of the lake!

Fantastic easy trail overlooking Pactola lake. Several short hikes from parking lot. Perfect for little kids

hiking
9 months ago

The west end is a nice trail to a lake lookout. The lookout has trees kind of blocking the view.

hiking
9 months ago

Too much watching for poison ivy to enjoy the trail. It would be better if the trail was closer to the water. Pretty easy neat trail overlooking the lake.

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

Easy, single file trail. It has good views of Pectola Lake. There are 3 loops to the trail and we were a bit confused on which trail went to which loop, so it could be marked better at the trailhead. The trail was very overgrown (at least the B loop was). We were the only people on the trial, so if you want some quiet time, this is a god trail for it.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike. Would be great for families who are camping at the lake. I wouldn’t go out of my way to walk it though.

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

recorded Osprey Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike. Trail run is marked but overgrown in areas.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail that is super easy to navigate, and children and pets (we took our Lab) can easily tackle it!

hiking
11 months ago

great trail, too bad it rained on us.

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

Some blaze markers down. Some parts of the trail hard to catch due to lack of use.

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

Short stroll along the lake at a campground.. nothing spectacular or challenging.

hiking
Thu May 09 2019

fun trail dog loved it

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

Easy hike with beautiful views of Pactola. We have two small dogs and they loved it!

walking
Thu Sep 20 2018

Beautiful area. Very easy. Great place for a picnic or to just sit and enjoy the calm.

Fri Sep 14 2018

Easy, typical campground trail at a beautiful lake.

Tue Jun 12 2018

Had a great hike with my son! Easy hike! Took only one GSD with us this time... Made it easier for my son... Beautiful weather in the low 60’s... Couldn’t ask for better conditions... 2.8 miles this time... Really enjoying hiking... Wish I had started this years ago... We’re doing it now so I guess that’s what matters the most...

Sun Sep 24 2017

beautiful, peaceful, wooded hike by lake. some hills. I'd say not quite easy.

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