Spring Creek Loop Trail

Hill City, South Dakota 57745

Spring Creek Loop Trail

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."

More Spring Creek Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The trail winds through woods on a ridge above Spring Creek and can be hiked on its own or as part of the Flume Trail.

Part of the Flume Creek Recreation Trail, Spring Creek Loop is marked by the distinctive red, white, and blue NRT markers on posts for the first 2 miles. The path is marked for foot travel only. From the trailhead parking lot, we hiked counterclockwise, following the sign for Spring Creek Loop to the north. The trail immediately parallels an old road that is obviously intended to be returned to a natural condition. A comfortable path, the trail meanders along a cliff edge and through stands of ponderosa pine."

Spring Creek Loop Trail Reviews

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7/16/2018
One of my favorite trails in the Black Hills National Forest - it is pretty easy, great for kids and dogs. Although this trail is popular and gets a fair amount of use it is easy to find peace here, all the while enjoying the beauty of the Black Hills.
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6/17/2011
it was a very nice hike!! Lots of things to see and it hugs the creek. Fly fishing would be a great adventure here
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1/1/2001
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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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Oct 2018