Iron Mountain Loop Trail

Hill City, South Dakota

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A loop hike 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. The Iron Mountain Trail is a hike providing glimpses of many facets of the Black Hills. You'll see fascinating rock formations within the first mile. You'll cross Iron Creek several times as the trail meanders through the mountains. You'll be treated to more rock formations and small wildlife. We caught a glimpse of an elusive mink. If you’re hiking in the fall, the leaf colors intermingle with the dark green of the ponderosa pines, lending even more drama to the igneous rock. The hike is easy to moderate, taking up to four hours, and provides a peaceful, beautiful trek.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

A loop hike 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. The Iron Mountain Trail is a hike providing glimpses of many facets of the Black Hills.

You'll see fascinating rock formations within the first mile. You'll cross Iron Creek several times as the trail meanders through the mountains. You'll be treated to more rock formations and small wildlife. We caught a glimpse of an elusive mink. If you’re hiking in the fall, the leaf colors intermingle with the dark green of the ponderosa pines, lending even more drama to the igneous rock. The hike is easy to moderate, taking up to four hours, and provides a peaceful, beautiful trek.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hill City
Distance: 5.1
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best May through October
Local Contacts: Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Topo Map No. 238; Black Hills National Forest Map; USGS Hill City and Custer quads.
Driving Directions: Directions to Iron Mountain Loop Trail

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May 2018