Crow Peak Trail

Spearfish, South Dakota 57799

Crow Peak Trail

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"Crow Peak Trail is a popular hike.The trail winds up to the mountaintop, providing sweeping vistas at the summit. Crow Peak is so named because of a battle once fought here between the Crow and Sioux Indians.

A full-day hike winding upwards through pine forests to fantastic panoramas at the summit, and back. The trail begins in Higgins Gulch amidst ponderosa-pine woods and much new growth of native bushes and bur oak."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"We’ve selected this one because it provides excellent panoramic views, and because we talked to several families with children who said that because of the sweeping views, the trail rated high with them. Crow Peak Trail is a popular hike. The trail winds up to the mountain’s top, providing sweeping vistas at the summit. Crow Peak is so named because of a battle once fought here between the Crow and Sioux Indians. Appropriately, the mountain in Sioux tongue, Paha Karitukateyapi, translates to “the place where the Sioux killed the Crow.” Crow Peak is an igneous intrusion and was formed in the same manner as Bear Butte and several other peaks in the area."

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This is my all-time favorite hike and have done it many times! It is a good workout and the trail is not over crowded with hikers. Well at least not yet. It is worth the effort once you reach the top. The view is awesome. I have only happened upon two rattle snakes and they were in the rocks on top.
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Trail Information

Spearfish
Nearby City
7
Distance
1,560 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
A full day
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
4,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,760 feet
Top Elevation
Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center
Local Contacts
Black Hills National Forest Map; USDA Crow Peak Trail Map No. 64 and Black Hills National Forest handout of Spearfish Trails
Local Maps

Trail Log