Hiking Trails in the Black Hills

Cathedral Spires – Black Hills

Cathedral Spires

Cathedral Spires – Black Hills

Cathedral Spires

Cathedral Spires

A quick two-mile round-trip hike in Custer State Park takes you to Cathedral Spires, a group of granite towers that were formed two-billion years ago. These towers were later covered by soft limestone, and then even later on eroded down to the tall granite spires that we see today. These towers stretch hundreds of feet above the ground and are often passed by as thousands of tourists race by on Highway 87. The short trail starts at the busy Cathedral Spires Trailhead and leads upwards between the shoulder of two craggy granite walls. Leaving the trailhead, the trail heads uphill briefly.

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15 Jul 2020

Roughlock Falls – Black Hills

Roughlock Falls – Black Hills

Roughlock Falls

Roughlock Falls

The most spectacular waterfall in Spearfish Canyon isn’t one that you can see from Highway 14. Bridal Veil Falls may be a fascinating stop along the busy Highway 14, but Roughlock Falls is easier to see year-round and far more impressive. If you’re in Spearfish Canyon and you’re looking for a quick excuse to stretch your legs and see an amazing waterfall, Roughlock Falls is where you should go. Although you could technically drive to a parking lot which is only 100 yards from the falls, the scenery is the best if you start this short 2-mile round-trip hike at the spacious Roughlock Falls Trailhead.

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10 Jul 2020

Little Elk Creek Trail- Black Hills

Little Elk Creek Trail- Black Hills

Little Elk Creek Trail

Conveniently located just 20 minutes from Rapid City, South Dakota, Little Elk Creek Trail offers the ability to quickly hop on a scenic trail, and start exploring the woods. This easy trail is a quick detour from I-90, and is close enough to Rapid City for a quick walk in the woods after work. Little Elk Creek Trail is 6 miles long, and gains only 500 feet in the first three miles, making it an easy trail for kids and older adults. Mountain bikers will enjoy the easy trail grade, and will especially appreciate the few boulders on the trail. If you’ve got a few hours to spare, head towards interstate exit 44, and the Black Hills.

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22 Oct 2016