Hiking South Dakotaand39;s Black Hills Country  by Bert & Jane Gildart

Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country Guide Book

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)
Hiking South Dakotaand39;s Black Hills Country  by Bert & Jane Gildart
A guide to over 50 hikes in the Black Hills region of South Dakota including Custer State Park, Badlands and Wind Cave National Parks, and the Harney Range. Also included are the Bearlodge Mountains and Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. The hikes are fully detailed with maps, elevation charts, driving directions and route descriptions.

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Trails from the "Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 56.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 56.

A short loop trail that winds behind the historic cabin of Charles Badger Clark (1883 / 1957), poet laureate of South Dakota.
Custer, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
A 2-hour hike from the base to the peak of a sacred mountain. The trail winds through a pine forest; many tree branches are draped with prayer flags and ceremonial objects.
Sturgis, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.75
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Two high-mountain loop trails affording hikers and mountain bikers extraordinary views and a great diversity of vegetation and wildlife.
Hill City, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 16.1
A connecting series of trails at the summit of Big Hill, taking hikers through beautiful stands of quaking aspen, paper birch, and ponderosa pine and past sporadic views of the surrounding area. Fall is a perfect time to hike the many trails of this area as gold aspens and birches shimmer against the dark green ponderosa pines. Early in the morning, families of deer still browse and coyotes howl across the ridgetops. This is prime elk habitat, too. This is rolling country, with the trails following the gentle slopes. All trails wander through the mixed stands of trees in the woods.Atop Big Hill solitude abounds and offers hikers a chance to enjoy the peace and a variety of views.
Spearfish, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 16.5
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A one-way trek over Boland Ridge, terminating at the Park boundary fence. This loop option is a relatively flat, natural-history trail, meandering through the tallgrass prairie.Throughout, the trail offers scenic vistas of the Black Hills. The final miles pass over a forest trail. The hike begins on a tallgrass prairie plateau that offers panoramic views. As the trail proceeds counterclockwise, it parallels Rankin Ridge and is separated by about a mile from the Red Valley to the east. In places the trail is faint and markers are sometimes infrequent. Be sure your travels proceed in a southeasterly direction. Sharp-tailed grouse are abundant in the high grasslands, and more than one hiker has been unnerved by the flurry of wings that suddenly erupts as feet and bird almost collide.
Hot Springs, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
A short but steep ascent to the top of a high, rocky outcropping, offering dramatic views. Boulder Hill is one of the special features found along the Flume Trail #50 and makes another nice side trip on the Flume Trail #50 hike - or a good jaunt just for its own sake. Located south of Spring Creek Loop and the Boulder Hill Trailhead, this short, steep spur-hike is well worth the effort. Upon the reaching the 5,331-foot summit, it is a photographers dream.
Hill City, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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Woods and canyon trails designed for four-season use, offering solitude in the Wyoming Black Hills. The Carson Draw Trails primarily have been used by cross-country skiers in the past, but these trails offer backwoods treks of great beauty and solitude year-round. Hikers and bikers can make a loop hike within the 6-mile trail system or go on a series of one-way hikes.You may also link up to the Sundance Trail System. Be alert for the presence of horse riders, who also use these nonmotorized trails. The system’s main trail departs from the campground and heads southwest before swinging northwest.
Sundance, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
A prairie hike flanking the beautiful formations along the Badlands Wall.
Rapid City, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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This moderately strenuous spur trail is a great natural history trek that connects with Sylvan Lake Trail to Harney Peak.
Custer, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
An interpretive trail along an ancient cliff shelf that collapsed long ago from the imposing cliffs above.
Rapid City, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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A scenic meander through a tallgrass prairie valley that simultaneously explores a canyon in southwest Wind Cave National Park.
Hot Springs, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
A level lakeshore hike and a longer, moderately difficult path for those interested in natural history. The Cook Lake Trail is self-explanatory, following a level route around the shore of Cook Lake.The lake is stocked with brown and rainbow trout; anglers will need a Wyoming fishing license. The Cliff Swallow Trail is intended for recreational hikers with an interest in natural history. If hikers take the loop hike going counterclockwise, the trail begins by paralleling Beaver Creek. Bur oak, aspen, and birch line the trail, while bluffs filled with cliff-swallow nesting holes rise on the east side of the stream.
Sundance, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
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Crow Peak Trail is a popular hike.The trail winds up to the mountaintop, providing sweeping vistas at the summit. Crow Peak is so named because of a battle once fought here between the Crow and Sioux Indians. A full-day hike winding upwards through pine forests to fantastic panoramas at the summit, and back. The trail begins in Higgins Gulch amidst ponderosa-pine woods and much new growth of native bushes and bur oak.
Spearfish, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
A winding loop trail that begins in a prairie and meanders through ponderosa pine forests as it circles Deerfield Lake.
Hill City, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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Suitable for both hikers and mountain bikers, the Deerfield Trail slices through segments of the nation's history and some of the Black Hills' more pristine country.
Hill City, SD - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 18
An extensive series of twenty loop and one-way trails, originally designed for cross-country skiers but also used by hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.
Spearfish, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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A prairie hike where wildlife is at times abundant.
Hot Springs, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
A fun, informative loop hike suitable for the entire family.
Hot Springs, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
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A fascinating trek through one of the historic gold-mining areas in the Black Hills. The trail follows, in part, an old flume bed.
Hill City, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 14
A short, barrier-free loop to an exhibit of area fossils.
Rapid City, SD - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.25
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