Top Adventures in Rapid City

  • Hike to Falling Rock Overlook

    The beautiful hike is a tremendous spot to get out of town and enjoy the scenery and a great view of Rapid Creek down in the canyon below.  Parking is right off Falling Rock Rd. then the trail is a very well marked path through the trees, easy to ...

    0.5 miles 50 ft gain

  • Hike to the Stratobowl Rim

    The winding trail to the Stratobowl is a gradual and easy hike, which is perfect for the whole family or for a quick excursion if you don't have a lot of time. It is roughly a mile to the Rim overlook, where there is a plaque commemorating the Nov...

    2 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike Botany Canyon

    After reaching the trailhead, the first couple miles are forest service road. You'll want to follow the main FSR, do not branch off onto any of the smaller dirt roads. The turn off to go down into the canyon is very easy to miss. It will be on you...

    5 miles 807 ft gain

  • Fly Fish from the Rapid Creek Trailhead

    To get the the trailhead for Rapid Creek you must turn to the east onto Pactola Basin Road or FS road 164 when on Highway 385 crossing the Pactola Reservoir. The road down to the trailhead is steep and can be rough depending on the time of the yea...

    2 miles

  • Hike to Dakota Point at Sheridan Lake via the North Trail

    There are 2 ways to get to Dakota Point, one from the north that is more common which I will talk about (or one from the south). The trail that starts on the north side of the lake is a nice easy trail to follow, it is wide and well-worn mostly i...

    2.2 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike to the Hippie Hole

    While making your way to the parking area, you'll keep right for the most part. You'll also need a high clearance vehicle or the patience to drive very slowly. The dirt road to the trailhead is full of dips, holes, rocks, and essentially could be ...

    0.3 miles

  • Photograph Hippie Hole in the Winter

    Just like in the summer version of Hippie Hole, it is a fairly easy drive, but there can be lots of snow and drifts on the narrow road, so 4WD is a must.  The road down is scenic and there are numerous places to stop and take in the sights and eve...

    0.3 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike to Ingersoll Abandoned Mine

    Drive into Keystone, take a right on Old Hill City Road, drive for a little over two miles, you'll pass both Kemp's Kamp and the K Bar S Lodge, and look for Echo Valley Dr. on your left. As soon as you pass Echo Valley Dr, keep your eyes out for a...

    0.5 miles 4990 ft gain

  • Hike the Deerfield Lake Trail to Slate Creek Convergence

    The Deerfield Lake trail is overall 23 miles long, but this post is just about the section of the trail that starts at Silver City where Rapid Creek flows into Pactola Reservoir, and follows the creek upstream to where Slate Creek converges, about...

    5 miles 60 ft gain

  • Rock Climb at 1880 Wall

    There are 2 walls named the 1880 Wall, one is the East Wall and the other is the West Wall. To get there you will need to follow Old Hill City Road, either from Hill City or from Keystone. If coming from Keystone it is about 3.8 miles heading west...

    0.1 miles 150 ft gain

  • Stargaze at Spokane Ghost Town

    Great all year long but, especially stunning when the galactic center of the Milky Way is visible from Spring to Fall, Spokane Ghost Town is a local favorite and a hidden gem. Set up your camera, and light paint some old buildings! The ghost town ...

  • Explore the Spokane Ghost Town

    Spokane will always be one of my favorite locations in the hills. The town was founded in 1890 and features 3 intact structures from that time. The most intact structure is the manager's house which you can find up on a hill behind the other build...

    1 miles 4521 ft gain

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