Iron Mountain Loop Trail

Hill City, South Dakota 57745

Iron Mountain Loop Trail

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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."

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Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"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, but those 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."

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5/12/2001
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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Trail Information

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

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