Spring Creek Loop Trail

Hill City, South Dakota

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A flat loop trail through woods on a ridge above Spring Creek, which can be included as an addition to the Flume Trail or simply hiked on its own. The Flume Trail is filled with the history of gold mining in the area and is, in addition, a wonderful nature walk. One of two National Recreation Trails in Black Hills National Forest, the path follows much of an old flume bed. Old parts of the wooden flume can still be seen along this route, as can other historic artifacts. Many photo opportunities exist on this trail, including canyons, forests, tunnels, and prairie fields alive with wildflowers in summer. Hikers can’t help but imagine the gold miners who built the flume with picks, hammers, and shovels. Visitors can hike this trail in one day or make it a comfortable two-day hike.

Spring Creek Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A flat loop trail through woods on a ridge above Spring Creek, which can be included as an addition to the Flume Trail or simply hiked on its own. The Flume Trail is filled with the history of gold mining in the area and is, in addition, a wonderful nature walk. One of two National Recreation Trails in Black Hills National Forest, the path follows much of an old flume bed.

Old parts of the wooden flume can still be seen along this route, as can other historic artifacts. Many photo opportunities exist on this trail, including canyons, forests, tunnels, and prairie fields alive with wildflowers in summer. Hikers can’t help but imagine the gold miners who built the flume with picks, hammers, and shovels. Visitors can hike this trail in one day or make it a comfortable two-day hike."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hill City
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center
Local Maps: Black Hills National Forest Map; USDA Forest Service Map No. 50 (Flume Trail)
Driving Directions: Directions to Spring Creek Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/17/2011
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it was a very nice hike!! Lots of things to see and it hugs the creek. Fly fishing would be a great adventure here


1/1/2001
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Hill City is a great town from which to explore the Black Hills . It's away from the Gimmicks of touristy Keystone (at the base of Mount Rushmore) and it's centrally located in the hills. The Spring Creek Loop is a nice easy trail to stretch your legs on and enjoy views of the Harney Range and surrounding hills. The trail is well marked and quite flat for an area so completely surrounded by hills. Spring Creek sets below the trail and offers a nice addition to the pleasing landscape. Although this trail sees a moderate amount of use it is quite easy to find peace and quite here and take in the beauty of the Black Hills. Hiking the Flume trail as an add on hike to turn this into a decent day’s Jaunt.



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