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1.6 miles

Elevation Gain

60 ft

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This is a super short and very easy hike that has an incredible payoff. It is an out-and-back trail that is accessible for all skill levels. The trail slowly descends along a path that varies between paved sections and very well-groomed gravel leading to an observation deck of a super scenic waterfall. 

Plummeting 47 feet into Spearfish Creek, Spearfish Falls is definitely one of the prettiest waterfalls in the state. Being that it is so easily accessible, this is a great adventure for the whole family or a perfect quick-hit spot for the passing through explorer. 

The trailhead is located directly behind the Latchstring Restaurant. There is lush vegetation and a lot of shade along the trail as well as benches to rest on if needed. 

A plethora of amenities can be found across the street from the trailhead at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. There is a hotel, a restaurant, and an activity center where visitors can rent mountain bikes, fly fishing gear, and UTVs. 

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