Lookout Point / Beaver Creek Loop Trail

Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747

Lookout Point / Beaver Creek Loop Trail

Lookout Point / Beaver Creek Loop Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A loop hike that offers a chance to examine both prairie and riparian habitats. This trail is mildly strenuous and well marked. From the northern end the trail proceeds southeast along Wind Cave Canyon Trail for 0.75 mile following an old road that winds through the canyon and offers a cool respite from the summer’s prairie heat. Wind Cave Canyon Trail then intersects with East Bison Flats Trail.

Take East Bison Flats, which climbs a short distance to the ridge then proceeds south. Here hikers are offered views to the north of Rankin Fire Tower. Trail markers have been abundant to this point, but as you proceed through the
grasslands, some are obscured by tall grasses or have been knocked down by bison. Appropriately, the park has named the prairie through which the trail proceeds Bison Flats."

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The Lookout Point trail can be accessed from Highway 87 or hiked as an add-on trail from the Centennial trail or the Highland Creek trail. This is yet another great Trail in Wind Cave National Park to biew praire wildlife such as bison, antelope, elk and praire dogs. The views here seem to go on forever and the whole park has an essence that seems to take you back a few hundred years. Plenty of praire land and the surrounding BHNF is visible from here. This area of the park sees a moderate amount of use but it is not difficult to find solitude here. This trail is easy to follow and is not too challenging for childern to hike. As always bring along plenty of your own water for hikes in WCNP (or most anywhere in the Black Hills for that matter). Elevations here are mostly above 4,000 ft so be prepared for sudden weather changes, especially in the Fall and Spring!

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Trail Information

Hot Springs
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
3 to 5 hours
Best spring through fall
Wind Cave National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated topo map No. 238
Local Maps

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