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Roughlock Falls Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lead, South Dakota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 242 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Its idyllic setting in a side canyon to Spearfish Canyon makes Roughlock Falls one of the Black Hills most beautiful areas and also one the area''s most-photographed spots. Created by Little Spearfish Creek, the creek flows down a spectacular chasm, then tumbles off a 50-foot limestone ledge in a series of lacy cascades.

hiking
2 days ago

Easy hike, well kept trail. Glorious reward. A must see in the Black Hills.

hiking
5 days ago

Easy out and back with waterfalls. Kids no problem.

6 days ago

most of the trail is along a road, making it kind of noisy. very pretty falls though!

hiking
snow
24 days ago

Beautiful waterfall at the end of an easy trail. Trail was snowy but there is an access road you can take on the other side of the stream that leads you to the same place.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

We went April 1st or so. There was a lot of snow, but it was heavily packed so pretty easy for the most part. Spikes I’m sure would be great here in the winter. The falls are absolutely beautiful!! Rocks pushed down some of the trail at the waterfalls including the railings, Easy to get around tho.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

So pretty! Fairly easy even though it’s snow-covered. At the top there was a rockslide that broke the railings.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Beautiful Roughlock Falls hike on this gorgeous Sunday! Snowshoes not needed if you have good hiking boots.

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail or side trail I should say. Some climb over parts and tight areas but it was a great snowshoe trail for us and the pup!

hiking
snow
5 months ago

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

5 stars for the scenery but 3 stars for the condition so 4 stars in average. The trail is generally covered by icy snow and deep unpacked snow at places. Spikes are recommended. The scenery is great though. Our dogs had a blast.

hiking
7 months ago

Short easy trail, but scenic waterfall

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely, easy trail with beautiful falls at the end.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

If you don't want to hike the trail, drive to the picnic site. There is a paved path down to the falls that is beautiful. The creek was full of trout, I wish I had my fly rod with me!

hiking
8 months ago

This was a very nice trail, it seems lots of people come here but it didn’t detract from the walk. We parked in the first parking lot you come to and had a nice hike. I think there are ways to drive further in and not hike quite as long. It was still only a few miles total. The falls are beautiful.

hiking
blowdown
8 months ago

Took our 6 and 8 year old on this. It was nice and simple, well labeled with lots of literature on what you would see on the hike. Shady. Views of the creek are sporadic. The falls at the end are accessible from a parking lot at the end of the trail. Lots of blow down was not removed, but was cleaned up an enough to be safe. Lots of dogs.

hiking
9 months ago

Was a great little hike to beautiful wAterfall. Lot of traffic but the views are great. Nice shady. Seen trout in the creek. Great scenery the whole way.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful falls and well done trail.

hiking
9 months ago

The waterfalls at the end of this out and back trail are beautiful - well worth the hike. Great views of the bluffs in Spearfish Canyon, too. This was a heavily trafficked trail - lots of people on it.

hiking
9 months ago

Totally gorgeous hike. Good trail. The scenery rocked

hiking
9 months ago

A nice easy gravel trail that offers some lovely views in the canyon

hiking
9 months ago

Combination of really popular trails. All were easy except for the 76 trail, which is a steep uphill.

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing waterfall at end of trail and beautiful green plants everywhere. Looks like the shire from the movie “The Hobbit”. This should be top 5 on things to see in the Black Hills.

hiking
9 months ago

We brought our dog and he loved it. Take a right when you first get on the trail, that takes you to Roughlock Falls. A nice easy hike with some great views. There were absolutely no bugs.

hiking
10 months ago

Shady trail for a hot mid-day hike. Beautiful views with the creek running along. Great for kids and dogs. Easy paved hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Great short loop trail with little elevation. Trail is easy to follow. I brought my dog with me because I had read somewhere before that it’s off-leash for dogs, but there was a sign that required all dogs to be on leash. The falls at the end are beautiful, and along the way there are little information/historical spots to read and look at the nature.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is beautiful. It's not very long but it's a must do. The waterfall is so worth it at the end.

11 months ago

You can drive to the top of the Falls or take an easy stroll on the trail. The Falls are pretty and the drive to get there was beautiful. If you are looking for a quiet walk and to feel like you are really hiking this is not for you.

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