The Best Hiking in Rapid City

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Top hiking spots in and near Rapid City

  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Rapid City Bike Path

    10.11 mi / 269 ft gain
    Rapid City Bike Path is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    M Hill

    1.56 mi / 381 ft gain
    M Hill is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Explore the Skyline Wilderness Area

    3 mi / 0 ft gain
    Dividing Rapid City's East and West sides, the Skyline Wilderness Area is a 150-acre park that features numerous walking, biking and hiking trails. This area can also be enjoyed as a beautiful drive that offers one of the best views of Rapid City.  The road stretches about two miles long and giv...
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Wild Irishman Gulch Trail

    3.51 mi / 512 ft gain
    Wild Irishman Gulch Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Hike to Falling Rock Overlook

    0.5 mi / 50 ft gain
    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 follow, and leads you right to the edge of limesto...
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Buzzard Loop

    2.96 mi / 646 ft gain
    Buzzard Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Blackhawk, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Hike to the Stratobowl Rim

    2 mi / 100 ft gain
    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 November 11th, 1935 balloon flight that launched 72,3...
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Stratobowl Rim Trail

    1.88 mi / 269 ft gain
    Stratobowl Rim Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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  • Black Hawk, South Dakota

    Hike Botany Canyon

    5 mi / 807 ft gain
    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 your right hand side after a small patch of trees, th...
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Flume Trail: Main Street to Sheridan Lake

    12.86 mi / 1972 ft gain
    Flume Trail: Main Street to Sheridan Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Boulder Hill

    3.29 mi / 873 ft gain
    Boulder Hill is a 3.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Flume Trail Loop

    3.77 mi / 607 ft gain
    Flume Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Fly Fish from the Rapid Creek Trailhead

    2 mi
    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 year. Once at the trailhead there is a parking area, ...
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Spring Creek to Sheridan Lake Overview

    2.7 mi / 345 ft gain
    This hike cuts the popular Spring Trail Flume Trail Loop in half, making a beeline for the overlook of Sheridan Lake. It guides you alongside and over the gorgeous clear creek waters via a series of footbridges. Crossing the creek by way of rock hopping for the more adventurous hiker makes this t...
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Centennial Trail: Spring Creek to Dakota Point

    3.79 mi / 607 ft gain
    Centennial Trail: Spring Creek to Dakota Point is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Keystone, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    McCurdy Gulch Loop

    6.5 mi / 1079 ft gain
    McCurdy Gulch Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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