This trail will give you views of Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) and the spires of Elkhorn Mountain, and a hike through some of the Black Hills’ largest ponderosas. PLUS you get to see (and play in if you're up for it) a beautiful waterfall at the creek crossing!

The trailhead is located at the Willow Creek Horse Camp. This trail doesn't allow motorized vehicles but you may share it with some horses depending on when you venture onto the trail.

The trail itself is pretty easy, it will take about 1.5-2 hours depending on your pace and is shaded for about half of the hike. 

You'll get to Willow Creek about a third of the way through the hike where you can take a break, stick your feet in the creek, and enjoy the views of the stream fed waterfall.

After enjoying the icy water, the trail will lead you to a valley with an amazing view of Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak).

Continue on the loop and you'll end up back at the horse camp. After the hike take Hwy 224 back into Keystone to take in some views of Mount Rushmore! 

Pack List

  • H2O for dogs and yourself, the last half of the loop doesn't have a water source and depending on the temp that day, your dogs will get thirsty.
  • Sturdy hiking boots or hiking sandals if you want to splash in the creek!
  • Camera/phone
  • Sunscreen
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RT Distance 2.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 5200 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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