Rimrock Trail

Spearfish, South Dakota 57783

Rimrock Trail

Rimrock Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Two loops or a combined circuit hike through large stands of ponderosa, aspen, and birch, with views of limestone cliffs.

To hike the Upper Loop, depart from the Little Spearfish trailhead (adjacent to Timon Campground) and make an initial climb to the north for about 100 yards. The ascent is quite steep and strenuous at first, then levels off to a gradual climb as the trail angles through the woods.

After 0.75 mile the junction for Old Baldy Trail to the west is encountered near the site of an old rock quarry.You’ve reached the maximum elevation now of 6,040 feet, and here the Rimrock Trail levels out, heading north and east."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"A loop hike through large stands of ponderosa, aspen, and birch, with a gradual descent into Little Spearfish Canyon. Deer tracks abound, and flickers dart among the tree branches. The variation and abundance of plant life in this area are amazing and include juniper, sage, varied wildflowers, buck brush, and kinnikinnick, a favorite grouse dish. The remainder of the trail gradually descends into the depths of Little Spearfish Canyon, where the rock walls and formations stand in mute testimony to the forces of nature."

Rimrock Trail Trip Reports

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6/11/2018
Beautiful falls, Roughrock falls, Spearfish Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls all visited, all easily acessible with wheelchairs, etc. picnic tables at Roughrock. If you see the resstaurant at Savoy, you are there!
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8/25/2009
Nice little hike. Starting out at the Timon CG is the way to go here. A short steep uphill hike from there and the rest is fairly flat or downhill. Appears to be a very low use trail. Didn't see another person on the entire hike around and the trail is nearly overgrown in areas. Trail is poorly marked at the former ranger station location but great views of the cliffs and wildflowers. Happened across a whitetail along the way as well. Fishing access was difficult along the little spearfish creek.
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6/4/2006
Lower Loop - I have hiked this loop a couple times. I started at the far end of Rod & Gun Campground and returned on the entrace side of the campground. The hike is interesting in the fact that you will encounter high cliffed canyons and gently rolling slopes. This is a short hike but a bit steep in the beginning.
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Trail Information

Spearfish
Nearby City
6.5
Distance
1,170 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Half day to full day
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
5,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,040 feet
Top Elevation
Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center
Local Contacts
Black Hills National Forest Map; Rimrock Trail No. 79 Map; Black Hills National Forest handout
Local Maps

Trail Log