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Spearfish Area Trails

Iron Creek Trail

Iron Creek Trail off of Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

About five miles past Bridal Veil Falls, or about mile marker 22 coming from Spearfish, you'll come to a large pull-out/parking area. There is also a sign identifying Iron Creek. This is a very easy trail that follows an old railroad bed along Iron Creek. The creek cascades into pools surrounded by hanging gardens. The canyon is narrow with steep cliff walls that eventually open up the farther you go up the trail. After a couple of miles the canyon ends and you'll be met by a gravel road where you'll probably want to turn around and go back to your car. This trail is suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing.

 

Iron Creek Trail, Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

 

Crow Peak Trail

Crow Peak is a major landmark in the Northern Black Hills area. It got its name from the Sioux Indians who called it "Paha Karitukateyapi" which translates to "the hill where crows were killed." t received this name from a battle between the Sioux and Crow Indians.

 

From Spearfish take FSR 214 (Higgin's Gulch Road) and follow it for about 7 miles southwest of Spearfish. On the right-hand side of the road you'll notice a big pull off area. This is the trailhead. The trail goes from and elevation of 4,200 feet to 5,670 feet and s 3.2 miles in length. It is a moderately difficult trail because of the elevation gain. Crow Peak trail is suitable for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

 

From the summit of Crow Peak you can see all the surrounding area peaks. They are Lookout Mountain with the town of  Spearfish at its base, Bear Butte, Crook Mountain, Polo Peak, Spearfish Mountain, Little Crow Peak, Terry Peak, Deer Mountain and Citadel Rock.

  

Little Spearfish Trail

To get to Little Spearfish Trail take Highway 14A, or Spearfish Canyon Road, to Savoy. Turn on FSR 222, a small gravel road, and follow it for about 4.7 miles to the trailhead.

 

Little Spearfish Trail is an easy to moderate six mile loop which goes in elevation from 4,805 feet to 6,280 feet.  It follows Little Spearfish Creek with spectacular views of limestone cliffs until it comes to a narrow section of canyon where it climbs gradually. The trail loops around through pine, aspen, and birch forests to Ranger Draw. It  then follows this draw back down to the trailhead on FSR 222. Little Spearfish trail is suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing.

 

Rim Rock Trail

Rim Rock Trail begins at the same trailhead as Little Spearfish Trail, except it is on the opposite side of the road. It is made up of two loops which can be combined to make one longer loop. You will access the upper 4.7 mile loop first, and then have the option of doing the 3.2 mile lower loop. If you do both loops, it will be a 6.3 mile trail because you'll eliminate a connecting section in the middle. This trail is rated as moderately difficult. The elevation goes from 5,320 feet to 6,040 feet. The Rim Rock Trail can also be reached via Old Baldy Trail (see below.) Rim Rock Trail is suitable for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

 

Old Baldy Trail

Old Baldy Trails wanders through stands of aspen, birch and pine. It is a 5.7 mile loop trail which goes in elevation from 5,800 feet to 6,096 feet. From this trail you can also choose to do a spur which takes you to the summit of Old Baldy Mountain. From here you can see Crow Peak to the north, Ragged Top and Terry Peak to the east and Cement Ridge Fire Lookout to the west. There is an elevation gain of about 234 feet on this spur trail. Old Baldy Trail is suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing.

 

From Spearfish take Spearfish Canyon road to Savoy. Then turn down the gravel FSR 222 for six miles to the intersection with FSR 134. Go north about 1.1 miles down FSR 134 to the trailhead.

 

Spearfish Falls Trail

Along the Spearfish Falls Trail, Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

 

This is a 3/4 mile trail that leads from the parking lot at the Latchstring Restaurant to Spearfish Falls. It descends about 80 feet to the bottom of Spearfish Canyon and takes you through a very lush area with aspen, birch, spruce, pine, ferns, berry bushes, and wildflowers. There are many birds and often you can spot a deer grazing on the lush grasses. This trail is suitable for hiking only.

 

Spearfish Falls, Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

 

Roughlock Falls Trail

Picnic area, Roughlock Falls, Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills

 

This is a one mile handicapped accessible trail that takes you from the picnic area just about a mile from Savoy on Forest Service Road 222 to Roughlock Falls. The trail winds through very lush undergrowth and and along the creek. Even on a hot day, this is a refreshingly cool walk. Near the end of the trail you'll come to a bridge where you can get some great photos of the Roughlock Falls. This trail is suitable for hiking only.

 

Roughlock Falls, Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

 

Botanical Gardens Trail

Botanical Gardens Trail, Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

 

This is a beautiful 1/2 mile, handicapped accessible, interpretive trail with resting benches along the way. Many varieties of native plants have been transplanted to this area, to teach about  the vegetation in the Black Hills.

 

Interpretive sign on Botanical Garden Trail, Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

 

There are eleven different areas such as Native Grasses, Berries, Cliff Vegetation, Sunny Wildflower, Shady Wildflower, Sunny Stream, Shady Stream, etc. Each area has interpretive signs telling the names and giving information about the plants.

 

Along Botanical Trail, Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

 

The Botanical Gardens Trail goes from the Latchstring Inn at Savoy in Spearfish Canyon to the picnic area at Roughlock Falls (see above). This trail is suitable for hiking.