Hell Canyon Trail | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Hell Canyon Trail

Trail Difficulty: 
Easy, Moderate
Trail Length: 
5.3 miles (8.9 km), Loop Trail
Overlook Spur ~ 0.3 miles, 0.5 km

Trek along limestone cliffs with outstanding views of Hell Canyon and the surrounding area. This trail starts with a steep climb for around one-half mile and then circles the canyon.

Rocky terrain and a few creek crossings combine to make this a challenging route. The last two miles of trail follows the bottom of the Hell Canyon drainage and ends at the parking area.

NOTE: During the spring and early summer months, ticks are very common along this trail.

Hiking Time: ~ 2-4 hours
Terrain: ~ Moderate to steep inclines. Not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers.


Trail Head:
Approximately 1 mile (1.61 km) west of the visitor center entrance on Highway 16

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