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The Best Hiking in Lead

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Top hiking spots in and near Lead

  • Lead, South Dakota

    Homestake Trail

    6.1 mi / 1076 ft gain
    Homestake Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Lead, South Dakota.
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  • Deadwood, South Dakota

    Bike the George S. Mickelson Trail

    5.0
    108.8 mi / 2300 ft gain
    Biking the George S. Mickelson Trail is a very popular activity for many people in the Black Hills, locals, visitors, and tourists all enjoy the Mickelson Trail.  Not only can you bike, but you can run, walk, or even ride horses, and you most definitely do not have to do the entire length of the ...
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  • Lead, South Dakota

    Hike to Mt. Roosevelt Tower

    0.8 mi / 160 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead for Mt. Roosevelt, you will need to travel about a mile north of Deadwood, on HWY 85, then you will see signs for it near the Lodge of Deadwood, from there you will eventually hit a gravel road and it is about 2.5 miles from the highway. The trailhead has picnic tables, an...
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  • Lead, South Dakota

    Mount Theodore Roosevelt Loop

    0.75 mi / 157 ft gain
    Mount Theodore Roosevelt Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Lead, South Dakota.
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  • Lead, South Dakota

    Camp at Hanna Campground

    0.25 mi / 0 ft gain
    The campground is located 7.5 miles south of Lead on Highway 85, then turn left on road 196, there will be a sign for Hanna CG, from there it is just over 2 miles to the campground. The campground has 13 total sites, the main area of the CG is closed during the fall winter and spring, but there a...
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  • Lead, South Dakota

    Hike to Devil's Bathtub, Black Hills National Forest

    1 mi
    Before you start this adventure, make sure you're wearing shoes that will not be ruined by crossing creeks. There are several stream crossings so wear waterproof boots or sturdy hiking sandals (I prefer my Original Universal Tevas or my KEEN Whisper Sandal).  The pull off to start the hike is abo...
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  • North Lawrence, South Dakota

    Spearfish Falls

    1.6 mi / 60 ft gain
    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 wate...
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  • Central City, South Dakota

    Spearfish Canyon Floor Nature Hiking Trail

    0.78 mi / 118 ft gain
    Spearfish Canyon Floor Nature Hiking Trail is a 0.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out-and-back trail located near Spearfish, South Dakota.
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  • Lead, South Dakota

    76 Trail

    1.24 mi / 499 ft gain
    The '76 Trail is only 3/4 of a mile long but elevates 1,000 feet, making this hike difficult for many. Plan to take a couple breaks but admire the gorgeous surroundings! The hike is not a leisurely one but the views at the top are well worth the effort.
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  • Lead, South Dakota

    Roughlock Falls Trail

    1.9 mi / 203 ft gain
    Roughlock Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Lead, South Dakota.
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  • Lead, South Dakota

    Hike the Roughlock Falls Trail

    4.0
    4.2 mi / 50 ft gain
    The trailhead to Roughlock Falls is in the town of Savoy, SD in the Black Hills. From Spearfish on I-90, head south on Route 14 for 15 miles into Savoy. There is only one road to make a right onto in town, Roughlock Falls Road. You can cheat and drive this all the way up to the falls for a quick ...
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  • Spearfish Community Caves, South Dakota

    Hike to the Community Caves

    5.0
    1 mi / 300 ft gain
    Community Caves is located in the scenic Spearfish Canyon, on Highway 14A, about 2.7 miles from Spearfish (once you turn off of Colorado Blvd).  There is a large pull-off area on the right (west) side of the road and then the trail, which is not marked at all, is on the opposite side of the pull-...
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  • Spearfish, South Dakota

    Explore the Frozen Waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon

    5.0
    There are a multitude of frozen waterfalls throughout Spearfish Canyon. Some require a short hike and others can be seen from the road. This adventure will describe how to access the three largest frozen falls.Take Spearfish Canyon Highway south out of the town of Spearfish SD. After roughly 6 mi...
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  • Spearfish, South Dakota

    Big Hill Trail

    7.75 mi / 935 ft gain
    Big Hill Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Spearfish, South Dakota.
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  • Spearfish, South Dakota

    Hike around Lookout Mountain

    4.0
    2.4 mi / 860 ft gain
    To get to the trail for Lookout Mountain there are 2 trailheads. One trailhead is just a few blocks from downtown on Nevada St., the other trailhead is on the East side of town. This post is using the Nevada St. Trailhead as the starting point. From this trailhead to the top of Lookout Mountain i...
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  • Spearfish, South Dakota

    Lookout Mountain

    3.84 mi / 814 ft gain
    Lookout Mountain is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Spearfish, South Dakota.
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