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Iron Mountain Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A loop taking hikers from mountaintop to forest floor while threading over streams, into small valleys flanked by rock formations, and through park-like settings cut by beaver dams.Part of the Harney Trail system, this hike may be one of the most picturesque in the interior. It is somewhat less strenuous if followed in the direction suggested here, butthose desiring a more strenuous hike can reverse the loop. Plan to spend most of a day on this hike; you will want to stop often to absorb the views."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
This is one of my favorite areas in the Black hills. There are fantastic panoramic views of the Harney range and beautiful wooded valleys cut by small streams (Iron Creek and Grizzly creek are both within this area). Of particular interest here are a number of "severe" rock outcroppings that emerge from the ground with a sudden steepness reaching several hundred feet in height. Mountain goats are often seen on these outcroppings although binoculars or a scope are often needed to get a good view of them. I found the trail to be in good condition and mostly dry save for a few easy stream crossings. I also found a few morel mushrooms along the trail so keep your eyes peeled if your in hte area in May.
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