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

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One of my favorite little hikes to get some fresh air and take in the views!

hiking
3 days ago

Decently hard trail. Most of it is straight up hill and there is a lot of trees blocking some views but still pretty amazing scenery.

hiking
3 days ago

We tried to go up for a sunrise hike yesterday (April 21, 2018) but we didn’t expect it to take so long to get up there. It is 3.29 miles from car to Peak, according to my Apple Watch. If you are in good shape this is still a relatively hard hike. It is straight uphill hike. It has beautiful views and the trail is well established. We are in really good shape and it took us about an hour and half non-stop to get to the top.

Also please remember to keep your dogs on leashes. If your dog is well behaved some people are still scared of dogs. And you do not know how other dogs react to your dog.

Awesome bike trails. Continued improvements.

We just hiked trail #9 from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak. The trail was snow-covered and muddy, in parts, which made it more difficult than expected. The views at the top were amazing! My husband found a perfect spot to camp for the night, about a half mile down from the peak. Overall, a great hike, but fairly difficult with our 25 lb packs.

trail running
5 days ago

Minimal snow/ice patches at the bottom with obvious trails. Towards the top there were a few areas with more snow but overall a great hike with amazing views!

snowshoeing
10 days ago

Snow depth was amazing. NOAA stated 40"-50", I would say closer to 30"! Still a beautiful and moderately strenuous snowshoe adventure. My nephew tagged along, but doesn't own snowshoes and struggled the entire time. Plenty of great looping/crossing trails that are reasonably marked but as a first time visitor to the area, they come up a bit short. Found myself relying heavily on GPS. I suspect these trails to be much more easy to navigate without snow cover but then we wouldn't be snowshoeing. Due to the low number of reviews/photos, I did not have a high expectation for the area. However, it exceeded my expectations in accessibility and beauty. I would definitely snowshoe or hike this area again.

12 days ago

Short but fun. Log ladder is more memorable than the view at the top.

Easy, flat. You get a good look at some of the formations and Saddle Pass is a great point to stop for some pictures. Trail itself was pretty muddy in spots but nothing treacherous.

Epic views at the top. Tough hike when there is snow on the ground but well worth it. Dog friendly.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful hike and not overly difficult. A little work involved but the value of the scenery well outweighs the work to get there.

Difficult trail especially toward the top, but very worth it. I did it twice in a month because the views from the top are so incredible. Would love to do this one again someday.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail that will challenge you a little. Can get a little steep in places but rails make it relatively easy to handle. Coming back up from the gulch is a bit of climb and will get the pulse rate up if you take it fast. Take your time though, the scenery is beautiful and worth some picture stops.

hiking
19 days ago

This is a five star trail simply for the scenery. Sylvan Lake is absolutely gorgeous. Very simple walk/hike. Anyone in relatively decent health can complete this trail.

Beautiful views along the entire trail from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak then onto Little Devil's Tower. The trail is relatively difficult, but most people could complete it with plenty of water and time for breaks. Definitely my favorite trail in South Dakota.

hiking
23 days ago

Cool hike! Short and steep! Awesome overlook of the canyon at the top.

Easy and pleasant. Busy on the weekends. Great view of Rapid Creek at the summit.

Easily one of our favor hikes so far in SD. Not an easy hike by any means. Multiple stream crossings and narrow ledges. Took our 3 and 2 year olds. 3 years old walked the whole way, but had to be heavily helped over rocks and ledges. Took a dip at the end. Lovely.

26 days ago

One of my favorites.

Pretty nice trail along a creek, then climbing up to a beautiful lookout.

snowshoeing
29 days ago

Great trail for snowshoeing. We took the trail all the way to the top and then took the road to (frozen) Dalton Lake. It was worth the little extra to go up there. There was fresh snow the day we went and it couldn’t have been better! Beautiful trail along the creek. Beautiful canyon scenery.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Nice easy trail. Very well packed and heavy traffic. There are a couple of spots you can get off the trail with snowshoes but they aren’t necessary if it hasn’t just snowed. There are a couple off shoots of the trail that looked interesting and other trails near by.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Very cool! Multiple trails that loop together. Very well marked and maps at most major intersections. Excellent snowshoe and cross country trails in winter.

Very cool trail. Towards the end you do have climb a t little. Keep an eye on the weather, bring something to stay warm.

Great trail with great views. Some areas require using your hands to climb up rocky areas.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with incredible views. This is definitely the path less traveled. We made the mistake of taking after the tourists who just hiked around Sylvan lake. We did not wear our snow boots, ice spikes, or bring hiking poles. Big mistake if there is snow! The stairs coming out of the canyon were completely covered in 2-3 feet of ice! It was a challenge, luckily there are railings most of the way.

This is an awesome hike!

Love hiking in this area

mountain biking
1 month ago

Enjoyable year round for all ages. Great for hiking and mountain biking. There is multiple trails with different levels of difficulty and they sometimes change or add new ones every year! A great escape from the city (even though it’s smack dab in the heart of it!)

on Legion Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Nice quick hike in CSP. The trail was snow covered in most parts but was able to follow it easily using the blue markers.

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