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Rimrock Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
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.
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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