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Hill City, South Dakota Map

Started from Willow Creek trailhead in horse camp vice the recommended start here. Note that the transition from trail 8 to Lost Cabin (trail 2?) is not marked, there is only a slight foot path that will lead you to a turnaround, and from there you turn left and jump on the trail. I had a good time on this hike, but I bumped it down to a 3 due to trail condition. Parts of Lost Cabin were so heavily grown over that it felt like bushwacking. Same with 9 north, though not nearly as bad. Hiked up and ran down as able in 6 hours. Start early to avoid the worst of the heat. No water sources except streams where you need to treat. Go upcreek to avoid the worst of the horse contamination. Have fun out there.

Great walk and beautiful scenery. Several muddy areas and lots of horse poop. Only partially shaded so got a little hot, but not awful.

It’s an awesome hike, very good exercise. It is just trick to find the trail in some points. I had to use the map several times. I uploaded some pics of the tricky parts you should look for, just pay atention to them and enjoy this cool hike. :)

Only hiked about 3 miles out from Gold Run trail head. Good trail needs a little more markings. We will be taking our horses on this soon!!!

Nice hike with my son again! You can start two ways... We picked to the left which was uphill. Was a good choice I feel. At least for me. Lol Almost all uphill with some level spots but nothing hard for 1.1 miles. Then it was all down hill from there basically for 1.4 miles! At a point going down however when you get near the water and the thick forest the mosquitoes ate my son alive!!! Bring bug spray is all I can advise! Outside that had a great time!

2 months ago

No meandering on this hike, it’s basically straight up and down. Hiking poles very helpful. Following the trail it was about a 3 mile round trip hike up and down to and from the peak. Great view at the top. Lots of down trees. Trailhead not clearly marked- need to unhitch the barbed wire gate.

As a side, out of respect and general safety, if you have an aggressive dog or not sure how your dog will do when approaching others, please keep your dog leashed on trails. We ran into an unleashed aggressive dog on this trail. When the owner caught up, the dog went into defend and attack mode-which made for an unpleasant experience. Luckily no-one ended up at the hospital. But the result could have been much different.

3 months ago

Great, fairly easy hike. The water is nice.

A nice short hike with views of Harney Peak (Black Elk Peak). We decided to hike up the steps of the left side 1st which has some incredible boulders just off the trail. We were starting to think we may have somehow missed the waterfall, with less than 1/2 mile left & then there it was. It was kind of marshy & lots of limbs to maneuver under/around to get a better view but worth it. We ended up walking 3.16 mi in all. Not my favorite hike in the hills but still pretty.

Amazing views at the top. definitely tough to keep on the "trail" most the way up.
I really enjoyed it.....

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

Great hike. Straight up!! Lost the trail about 300 yds from the trailhead, found it again just after the first "fire road" crossing. Made it to the summit in an hour.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Perfect trail for a long run with plenty of pleasant scenery and wildlife along the way. Will definitely do again

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Good views, nice for kiddos.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great day for a loop around the lake.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Set out on a little adventure with my 2 boys, ages 10 & 13. Didn't realize it was rated hard. We all made it with relative ease. And the view from the top is well worth the hike. Remember to stop and look around as you go, some amazing views along the way.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Was an amazing trail, with no one else on it with us how could we complain. the trail starts at the gate, just have to move the barbed wire out of the way. Make sure you bring water and a snack(sandwich and beer would suffice) the view at the top is totally worth it. The trail is perfect for a dog as well. Have fun I know we did.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Amazing view oh Harney Peak. Worth the trek up!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

We started at Palmer Creek TH and when we got to the Lost Cabin Trail # 2 we took a right. We hiked the Lost Cabin Trail # 2 to the Harney Peak ( Black Elk Peak ) Trail # 9. We did not go up to the Lookout because we have been there many times. We stayed on Trail # 9 until we got to Willow Creek Trail # 8 then took a left !! We hiked that trail until we came to a path that went to Willow Creek Horse Camp just before you get to a bridge. We followed that trail and the Lost Cabin trail is to the left of a new turn around road they are building !! The sign was leaning against a tree. This was an awesome hike !! We did 13.25 miles and there were some beautiful views on the trail and I would highly recommend this loop !! Hike on !!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A bit longer than 10 miles, trail is nice by the lake side, not marked as well as I would have hoped for the rest.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


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