BHNF Trail #32: Hell Canyon Trail | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
  • BHNF Trail #32: Hell Canyon Trail

    Hell Canyon Trail begins at the trailhead located appoximately 100 yards north of US Highway 16 along Forest Development Road number 284.2.

Hell Canyon Trail begins at the trailhead located appoximately 100 yards north of US Highway 16 along Forest Development Road number 284.2.

The first 1/2 mile of trail climbs a steep pitch with one switchback until you top out on the limestone crest. From there on grades are level to easy. This trail follows a bench below limestone cliffs and provides outstanding views of Hell Canyon and the surrounding area. The last 2.0 miles of the trail follows a two-track road along the bottom of Hell Canyon drainage.

Trail is maintained for hiker, horseback riders and mountain bikers. No motorized use is allowed.

Directions

From Custer:
Trailhead is approximately 11.0 miles west on Highway 16.

From Jewel Cave:
Trailhead is approximately 1.0 mile west of Jewel Cave National Monument enterance on Highway 16.