BHNF Trail #72: Big Hill Trails | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

BHNF Trail #72: Big Hill Trails

Trail Difficulty: 
Difficult, Easy, Moderate
Trail Length: 
Trail lengths represent the distance from trailhead around the loop and back to the trailhead. Total length of all trails is 13.6 miles.
Trail Elevation Range: 
5,000 to 5,480 feet

Big Hill was named when the early prospectors, heading to gold fields with wagons and teams of horses, could barely make it over the "Big Hill” when coming from Spearfish.

Loops A, A1 and B primarily meander through mixed stands of qaking aspen, paper birch and ponderosa pine.

Loops C and D cross extensive stands of ponderosa pine with small patches of quaking aspen and paper birch.

Spur D1 accesses a scenic overlook of Spearfish Canyon and Spearfish Mountain. During the winter season the trails are groomed from cross-country skiing in cooperation with the Black Hills Nordic Ski Club. Please help by contributing at the donation box at the trailhead.

  • Loop A 2.8 miles groomed
  • Loop A1 0.5 miles groomed
  • Loop B 3.5 miles ungroomed
  • Loop C 6.9 miles groomed
  • Loop D 7.5 miles groomed
  • Spur D1 0.2 miles ungroomed

From Spearfish take FSR 134 south approximately eight miles to the trailhead.

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