Explore the most popular views 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.

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.

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.

18 days ago

Couldn’t figure out the trail head, it was ill maintained through the thick. Will try again later and update the review.

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!

Loved the trail; however we were unprepared to cross 4 bridges over rushing water. Good thing we could sit and scoot across! Also easy to get lost due to no signage to guide you. Hard to know which way to go!

hiking
20 days ago

Me and my wife took this trail last weekend and the view is spectacular. Any age/fitness level will be able to complete this hike as there are different difficulties on it.

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!!

camping
28 days ago

Trailhead is easily assessable and is just a few minutes outside of Rapid City. But don’t be fooled, you’ll experience an enjoyable hike and feel like you’ve been plunked down in the middle of enchanted land. I took advantage of a beautiful day and night. Decided to throw up the hammock and spend the night! Go do this!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to get to. Follows an old road so it’s plenty wide if you have a large group. Great views. Never very busy. Is close to Rapid City if you need a quick outing and want to get out of town.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect easy trail! Beautiful ending!

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

Easy trail for small children, but not much of parking area can only fit about 7 vehicles max. The view makes it worth it.

1 month ago

Quick hike with a great view

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

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. partial shade, well marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike for the 4th. The portion of the hike highlighted on the map was through a nice wooded area, very scenic......unfortunately that doesn’t actually take you all the way to boulder hill. If you want to get there starting at the trailhead shown here, continue following the road around to complete a “J”. The view from the summit is nothing short of spectacular! The only portion of the hike I would call “hard” would be the very end as you do have to do a bit of moderate climbing over large rocks to make your way to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great easy and has a great view at the end.

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

So. Much. Fun!

hiking
2 months ago

Simple, wide, gravel dirt road like trail. Easy hike for an amazing fire at the end. Perfect if you’re crunched for time.

Urban hike that is part 300+ acre trail system with many offshoot trails from the trail shown here. Nice views of the Black Hills/Black Elk Peak in one direction, prairie in the other and Rapid City below. Inside city limits so you have traffic noise you won’t find on our other Black Hills trail, but is super convenient for locals and visitors spending a day in RC. A good deal of mountain bike traffic but I have always found these bikers courteous to hikers sharing the trail system.

2 months ago

Great hike, easy to follow and awesome view at top

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

Had a great hike with my son! Easy hike! Took only one GSD with us this time... Made it easier for my son... Beautiful weather in the low 60’s... Couldn’t ask for better conditions... 2.8 miles this time... Really enjoying hiking... Wish I had started this years ago... We’re doing it now so I guess that’s what matters the most...

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

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