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The Best Hikes in Black Hills National Forest

65 Triplog Reviews in the Black Hills National Forest
Most recent of 3 deeper Triplog Reviews
2.8 mi • 1,860 ft aeg
I disagree with the hike description -- this hike is not better than the Harney Peak hike, but it's a good one. I did the loop clockwise, starting on the south side. It was a fun hike, especially at the waterfalls and streams on the north end. From either side of the loop, you hike down into the gulch and then back out. Not many people on the trail; I encountered maybe four other groups the entire time.
6 mi • 1,550 ft aeg
Traveled to western South Dakota for a business meeting, so I decided to get a hike in. Started at the trailhead at Sylvan lake at 6:45 -- no other cars there. Much of the hike is through wooded areas, but there are plenty of nice views of interesting rock formations in the Black Hills. About a third of the way to the summit is a bench along a ridge which offers a view of the lookout tower on Harney Peak in the distance -- very cool view. The hike isn't that strenuous but there are plenty of stairs to get to the top of the lookout tower. The views from the tower are very nice. I had the trail to myself the entire way up, but passed a number of hikers on the way down.
I did notice a lot of fallen trees in the Black Hills, due to the mountain pine beetle. Kind of sad, but I guess that's nature running its course.
I definitely recommend this hike if you find yourself in the Black Hills.
1.3 mi • 0 ft aeg
As a major tourist attraction in the Black Hills the falls have observation platforms built below and above for all ages an abilities.
You can drive directly to the falls from highway 14A OR walk the trail. Of course we would walk.
Roughloch Falls trail is an easy 1.3 mile walk (one way) along the creek on the opposite bank from the road to the falls. Trail-head parking is available at no charge.
Naturally the scenery is better walking over driving.

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