Spring Creek Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Rapid City, South Dakota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles
429 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery and fun to move fast on. Try doing a couple of laps.

1 month ago

Beautiful. Quickly became a favorite.

1 month ago

great hike, 95° hiked along creek, a cross the dam and then to the loop back to trailhead off Sheridan Lake Rd, long tunnel is ankle deep in water but fun, hiked to short tunnel also then back to trailhead

1 month ago

We hike this trail often. Love it!! Today was by far the most memorable time tho as we were hailed on twice and lightening struck within two football fields of us. Pretty crazy!

2 months ago

Gorgeous scenery!

2 months ago

The trail was well maintained and not too busy. Make sure you read the signs when you get off the main road and it’s easy to find. Go off the beaten path and follow the crest of the mountain for some spectacular views.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Water was rushing and high due to recent rain. Bridges were a bit intimidating for us old folks so we scooted across....where there’s a will there’s a way!

2 months ago

My husband, 8 year old son and our 4 month old Great Dane hiked this today and it was amazing!!!! The light rain made everything more fun! A definite must on any Black Hills hike!!

3 months ago

scenery was amazing - creek is very full and running fast
we just did the easy hike to dam and back and enjoyed it thoroughly

3 months ago

gorgeous hike! ran into a herd of cattle crossing the river, which was fun to watch.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. partial shade, well marked.

3 months ago

great trail a bit washed out due to rain.. would consider more moderate than easy

4 months ago

All foot bridges are repaired very cool hike young kids can fair the trail well!

4 months ago

Awesome time... Had our GSD’s with us... I think they had more fun than we did! :)

6 months ago

This is an awesome hike!

7 months ago

love this trail! one of my favorites. FYI Bridges are back!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

This is a cool trail. Just FYI it's very easy to get turned around when you go underneath the tunnel, we didn't even pass the exit again on the way back, so thank goodness for gps! Also the 2 bridges are out on the trail, but if you are semi coordinated, you can get across on rocks and branches that have been thrown in the water, just barely getting your shoes wet.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great trail. The bridges are still out - so you have to wade across Spring Creek. Very busy on weekend!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Only saw a little bit of the trail. Two bridges are out (June 21, 2017). No signs they're getting ready to repair. National forest and state park staff highly recommended it though so will try another year. What we saw was great.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Spring Creek is beautiful and fun to cross.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pretty cool, doable for all age, you walk in the trees, then up on rock ridges, then beside a river bottom that the trail crosses a few times that you may have to do barefoot if you don't want wet shoes.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Very easy with a beautiful view. No peak but wonderful if you have a dog and young ones.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Nice loop. trailhead near Sheridan Lake. crossed the creek four times but two foot bridges are in bad state of repair. extremely warped. dangerous. great morning hike!

Friday, August 26, 2016

I was rather disappointed with this trail. We followed the exact trail listed here and we didn't see any lake at all. The trail was extremely easy to follow with great views and great for kids. It says there's 3 bridges to cross but we only saw one small dried up creek that was easy to cross, that was the only water we saw on this entire hike.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The map outlined above didn't have any springs/creeks unless I completely missed them, which was a bummer because I had my 3 dogs with me and I picked this trail so that they could play in the water. Pretty bummed in that regard unless there's a different "spring creek loop". Otherwise a nice little hike.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Had fun but the trails were hard to follow.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

This is a very easy hike for the family. Not many ups and downs. We took 3.5 hours to complete the loop but could've been done much quicker if it wasn't for a tired 3 year old (she was able to navigate the trail by herself the whole way though). There are a couple of spots that open up and have great views but not as much as other hikes in the area. The three star rating is based on a bored mom and dad (not a lot to look at) but perfect terrain for the kids to be able to go it on there own.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Wonderful hike!! My husband, son (7yrs), myself and the in-laws did this hike today. Definitely one that anyone can do if you want to. Can't wait to do it again and take the branch off to Harney Peak.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Awesome hike, very family friendly. About an hour each way, give or take, and our 2 1/2 year old can walk/climb most of the way.

This trail is littered with tons of bolted and non bolted rock climbing routes. We even saw a couple of guys slack lining between two of the spires, several hundred feet above the ground!!! Breathtaking little spot, very fun, done this several times. The minimal parking keeps the traffic on the trail lower than it would be, but will still have you crossing paths with others occasionally.

Take water for your 4 legged companions!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Scenery! Starting with Sylvan Lake, great shots of the Hills on the way up, and a spectacular view from the top. The hike up takes around 2-3 hours, depending on your speed, but only an hour and a half back down. Seriously.

Dog friendly, but if the parking lot is full, might keep your dog on a leash. Restrooms at the parking lot, easy to get to, close enough to Rapid City or the other southern hills towns to make it a day trip.

A great hike for enthusiasts, a bit strenuous towards the top and a bit long if you don't hike often, but believe me when I say that the hike down is MUCH easier and faster, so don't fret!

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