Explore the most popular hiking trails near Rapid City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

As stated by most others, trail is not well marked. I saw trees with orange paint on them and metal diamonds with “50” posted on tree trunks along the actual trail... trail also coincides with spur trail, easily confused the two. Had to use AllTrails multiple times to find and stay on trail. Trail is variable in elevation and development, lots of time in dirt/grass/road. Once to Boulder Hill, moderate rock scaling to get to top. Not hard but pay attention, especially if it’s windy. Enjoyed it!

So beautifull!

Pretty much a dirt road leading towards lake.

1 month ago

Trail head is to the right of the gate. I totally missed it. Not very well marked. Good trail. Discarded furniture and trash and graffiti at the base of the scramble to the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

we hiked this trail during a beautiful snow storm October 15th 2018, there were some of the most breathtaking views of the snow covered trees and the peaks and rocks along the way. the trail was pretty easy to hike up until we came to the fork where you can follow the slate creek or continue on following the rapid creek, we choose to go the slate creek way and found several creek crossings that were narrow boards and that portion of the trail was moderately strenuous in my opinion, alot of inclines and the snow was making the rocks rather slick. we had decided to turn around because of the slick conditions from the snow and not wanting to
take the risk of an injury.
we will probably through hike this trail in the summer sometime when the conditions are a little better for back packing and probably start at Deerfield lake this next time. so overall I say this is definitely an awesome trail and well worth the time!!

walking
1 month ago

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

trail running
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Been hitting it hard last few days. Haven’t been up with my dog since coyote sightings. Beautiful this morning. All fog covered when you hit BR

whole trail is about 140 miles running from Deadwood to Atchison. Formerly a rail line, so no steep grades. bicycle and stroller-friendly anywhere along the very well-maintained trail. I think the "day-fee" is still $3 unless you get a pass.

Easy, typical campground trail at a beautiful lake.

very enjoyable. lots of shade, challenges and scenery.

Beautiful view. don't let your children run loose here.

this is four trails, with varying levels of difficulty, that originate and end at Buzzard's Roost. Beautiful view at the end.

this bike path is actually about 10 miles long and runs between the off-leash dog park on the West end, all the way to. the area behind Taco Johns at Campbell and East st Charles street on the East side. pretty nice path, but there is some riff-raff on the trail most of the time, especially at night on the eastern half.

this trail is actually a portion of the HLMP park. there are lots more trails here than this one. this is an excellent trail system for hiking and mountain biking right in the middle of Rapid City with several trail heads on any side of these hills.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail just outside of Rapid City. Great payoff at the end with expansive views. I have done this trail many times and have always had it to myself. If you can catch it on the right days you will be able to watch hot air balloons take off.

on Buzzards Roost

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with lots of trail options for different difficulty levels. We were on a new trail that they were still working on and it was fantastic. View from the top is spectacular!

2 months ago

Combined this trail with the b loop on the flume trail. Very nice scenery with great views from the summit.

This loop is fairly simple, it’s on the easy side of moderate and all ages will be able to do it. It goes off to the left on the main easy trail and makes a loop back to it.

2 months ago

This hike is a moderate to difficult hike depending on your adventure level. It would be a full five stars if there wasn’t trash and graffiti that ruins the natural setting. The view is spectacular! I went early morning to watch the sun rise.

Beautiful. Quickly became a favorite.

Beautiful view. Trash and graffiti are a disappointment.

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

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!

hiking
2 months ago

nice trail, gradual elevation

hiking
2 months ago

This trail has amazing scenery, from around the lake, up on the ridge, and down in the valley. Only problem was we kept finding ourselves losing the trail due to all the switchbacks and poorly marked trails. It ended up being a 16 mile hike in approx 7-8 hours. We started out in coon hollow going towards the flume trail head.

Would be better if marked better

Absolutely the best trail system in the world.

Gorgeous scenery!

Great hike. Nice views at the top. A little longer than expected due to other trails with Buzzard Trail.

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