Little Spearfish Trail

Spearfish, South Dakota

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A three- to five-hour loop hike that rambles through ponderosa pine forest and ends near a great walk-in fishing area. Beginning at Little Spearfish trailhead adjacent to Timon Campground, the trail proceeds east in the woods, paralleling FR 222 for about 0.8 mile. Cross the road twice, and at the second crossing pick up the trail again about 10 yards to the right. Soon the trail heads south, still in the woods, into a moderately steep ascent that soon becomes a gentle climb until you reach the highest elevation of 6,280 feet. The ponderosa pines here are quite tall and not crowded. The trail is well worn through this lush setting, which is perfect elk and deer habitat. About 3 miles from the start, the trail levels and swings sharply west/northwest.

Little Spearfish Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A three- to five-hour loop hike that rambles through ponderosa pine forest and ends near a great walk-in fishing area. Beginning at Little Spearfish trailhead adjacent to Timon Campground, the trail proceeds east in the woods, paralleling FR 222 for about 0.8 mile. Cross the road twice, and at the second crossing pick up the trail again about 10 yards to the right.

Soon the trail heads south, still in the woods, into a moderately steep ascent that soon becomes a gentle climb until you reach the highest elevation of 6,280 feet. The ponderosa pines here are quite tall and not crowded. The trail is well worn through this lush setting, which is perfect elk and deer habitat. About 3 miles from the start, the trail levels and swings sharply west/northwest."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Spearfish
Distance: 5.7
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center
Local Maps: Black Hills National Forest Map; Little Spearfish Trail Map No. 80 and a free Black Hills National Forest handout
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Spearfish Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/26/2009
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Good hike. Maybe not a 4 but more deserving than a 3 rating. Well marked trail after you get off of the road crossings early on. A nice gradual hike up into the canyon before exiting on a nice gradual hike out. Trailhead says 5 miles but my gps tracking was closer to 7 miles. Easy hike though and the fishing as we exited was good. Fish are easily spooked but managed to land a 12" brook trout as we approached the trailhead.



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