South Dakota May 14, 2018
10 Of The Best Hikes The Black Hills Has To Offer
South Dakota’s Black Hills offers some seriously amazing hiking. There are trails for hikers of every ability level, and plenty of natural beauty, no matter which one you choose. Here are 10 of our favorites, listed in no particular order.
1. Sunday Gulch Trail
With its staircases taking you down into the gulch, and back up, this trail has an elevation change of 797 feet. It's a bit challenging, but the four-mile-long trail also has some great views. You'll find it at Sylvan Lake.
2. Horse Thief Lake
You'll love this easy 2.4-mile-long loop trail in Keystone. The gorgeous lake is surrounded by fragrant pines, and it's simply enchanting.
3. Crow Peak
If you're willing to work for it, the view from Crow Peak is jaw-dropping. The 5.9 mile roundtrip hike has an elevation climb of 1,571 feet, so you'll definitely get a workout. This trail is located in Spearfish.
4. Flume Trail
Flume Trail follows an old mining flume, and you'll see mining artifacts and travel through tunnels along this 12.4-mile-log trail that takes you to Sheridan Lake. The trail starts near Rockerville.
5. Cathedral Spires
The Cathedral Spires at Custer State Park are the most distinctive, unique rock formations you'll see in this part of the state, and this trail takes you up close to them. It's just 1.6 miles out and back.
6. Lover's Leap
According to a heartbreaking legend, two star-crossed lovers jumped to their deaths here. The 4-mile round trip hike follows the top of the ridge, then descends into the canyon. It's located in Custer State Park.
7. Black Elk Peak
Black Elk Peak, a.k.a. Harney Peak, is the highest point east of the Rockies, with an elevation of a whopping 7,244 feet. This trail is tough, with an elevation climb of 1,440 feet, but it's well worth your effort.
8. Presidential Trail
A stroll down Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a must if you want some unique views of the memorial. It's a short half-mile trail that offers up plenty of photo opportunities and even some wildlife.
9. Roughlock Falls
Located in Spearfish Canyon, Roughlock Falls is one of the most picturesque places in all of South Dakota. This easy hike is just 2.1 miles long, out and back, and you'll definitely want to bring your camera along.
10. George S. Mickelson Trail
The 109-mile-long George S. Mickelson Trail stretches from Deadwood to Edgemont. With 15 trailheads to choose from, you can pick a section or two to hike, or bike along the entire trail. You'll encounter 4 tunnels and more than 100 bridges along the way.
If you’re looking for a hike that takes you to an amazing swimming hole,
you’ll want to check out this trail, too.