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Rock Maze, SD

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Rated  Favorite Wish List SD > Western
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Warning! Technical climbing skills required. Risks include serious injury to death.  Risks are not eliminated by skill.
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Climb I G Boulder
Rock Granite Good
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 4,440 feet
Elevation Gain 244 feet
Accumulated Gain 320 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.6
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug → 10 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  8:20am - 5:15pm
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Nearby Area Water
Little Elk Creek Trail
6.5 mi away
2.7 mi
632 ft
Flume Trail - Black Hills
12.6 mi away
14.0 mi
900 ft
Spring Creek Loop Trail
13.0 mi away
3.0 mi
Boulder Hill
13.4 mi away
2.0 mi
400 ft
Custer Peak
Custer Peak
13.9 mi away
4.8 mi
825 ft
Stratobowl Rim Trail
Stratobowl Rim Trail
14.5 mi away
1.7 mi
166 ft
Willow Creek Loop Trail
17.8 mi away
1.5 mi
100 ft
Deerfield Trail
18.0 mi away
18.0 mi
1,600 ft
Horsethief Lake Loop
Horsethief Lake Loop
18.4 mi away
4.3 mi
702 ft
Horsethief Trail #14
18.4 mi away
2.7 mi
740 ft
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Which Way Did He Go
by AZLOT69

The Black Hills is home to many commercial attractions all of which can put a pretty big dent in your pocket. This hike/climb can be very entertaining at the cost to drive there. There is a four dollar charge day use to park at the Steamboat Rock recreation area but you can save the four dollars by parking just east and across Nemo Road from the Steamboat entrance. This is the unmarked trail head anyhow, but there is only room for 2-3 cars.

From the trail head follow the footpath southeast, shortly you will see a rock ledge in the trees ahead of you. This granite rock ledge goes for about a quarter mile. You may want to follow the path around the right and do a loop around the rock ledge to orient yourself to your surroundings. There are several entry points to the maze and once you enter, it can be quite disorienting. Narrow passage ways abound. You easily spend several hours practicing skills involved with climbing. Stemming and chimneying, opportunities abound. Most boulders are only about ten feet high. Great place for a family outing and picnic that's sure to create lasting memories.

    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike & climb trip
    From Rapid City, follow Nemo Road NW out of town. After about 14 miles from the edge of town, Steamboat Rock recreation area is seen on the right. Alternative: From I 90 exit 32(Sturgis) take Vanocker Road south 17 Miles to Nemo Road. Turn left proceed four miles to Steamboat Rock Rec area.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Aug 17 2018 8:12 am
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