Willow Creek Trail

EASY 44 reviews

Willow Creek Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hill City, South Dakota that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
337 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

4 months ago

snow on the hilltop and several whitetail deer, very nice hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty little trail. The waterfall is unmarked, tucked away on a spur, nettle overgrown trail. Exposed most of the time, lots of horse dung, and plenty of helicopters to ruin the serenity.

7 months ago

Fun little hike. We finished it in a little over one hour with a 9 and six year old. We liked the little waterfall. There were numerous little mud puddles that we had to go around. We enjoyed our time.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a good trail to take 4 and 7 year old. Was about the perfect length and difficulty. Nice little water fall for the kids to mess around in. Just beware of what the horses left behind on the trail!

hiking
7 months ago

Good views, nice for kiddos.

8 months ago

Very nice trail. Easy to do with a toddler carrier because incline is very gradual. I rarely need bug spray in the Black Hills but would have liked it on this trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail is every bit of 2.5 miles. Trail is single lane most of the way. Definitely for hiking in a line one by one. For my dog to walk beside me he frequently had to walk in the grass as the trail wasnt wide enough for both of us. All in all we enjoyed the hike though. And it is a back door way of hiking to Harney Peak.

hiking
9 months ago

** Just a beauty of a trail. Creek is running high today.

10 months ago

Love this trail because it's a loop! Super easy trail to follow, love the stream that goes through it, there's kind of a tiny hidden waterfall, lots of big boulders, which my kids love to run up on! Great views of harney peak! Definitely recommend this trail, especially if you're looking for something that isn't too strenuous.

10 months ago

Was great, and the path was cleared of fallen trees!

walking
11 months ago

It was a nice little trail overall, just had a few fallen trees across the walkway.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

What a nice afternoon hike with the whole family.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Perfect

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nice hike with my wife and one year old son. Just a lot of downed trees which made it difficult with kid carrier. But worth it.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

so many tree's laying across the trail

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Nice short hike. Bring bug spray.

hiking
Monday, May 18, 2015

Great day on this trail!! A little wet and muddy in spots due too the 2.5' of snow the week befor! The falls was a rolling that's for sure!

hiking
Monday, May 18, 2015

My kids (5&8) and I completed this trail on May 17, 2015. This is a great trail for all ages. Trail conditions were a little bit wet, due to heavy snow falls a week prior. The creek was running full steam and the waterfalls was beautiful.. Quite a few down trees from the winter storms and Highwinds, we just call these obstacles and more of an venture.

hiking
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nice trail thru the forest and up on a ridge where you can get a view of Harney Peak. Surprise waterfall about 1/2 mile on the trail if you head to the right at the trailhead. Horsies. On the trail also so watch out for poops. Heavily logged because of darn pine beetles but clearings allow better views of the surroundings.

camping
Monday, August 06, 2012

Just did this trail stayed one day it was a great hike out it gets colder than anywhere else I've been camping if you go out about 3 miles there's another waterfall with a nice pond this was a trail ill be doing very soon!

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