With the recent snow in the Northern Black Hills, it has me thinking about snowshoeing. The area is just ideal for this type of winter hiking. It is a great way to get out and enjoy the trails you hiked or biked in the summer.
The options are basically unlimited. Where ever there is snow – you can go (just make sure it is public land).
Best Trails in the Northern Black Hills
- Iron Creek– Just 11 miles into Spearfish Canyon – don’t forget your camera, it is a beautiful hike.
- Roughlock Trail – It begins just behind the lodge at Savoy. An easy one mile hike,with little elevation gain that takes you to Roughlock Falls.
- Eagle Cliff Trails – Separate trails for snowshoers and cross-country skiers, you’ll probably want to start at Bratwurst Trailhead for snowshoeing.
- Big Hill Trails– Another multipurpose trail. Both groomed cross-country ski trails and snowshoeing trails – many miles of trails.
- Englewood Trailhead – On the Mickelson Trail, great place to get comfortable snowshoeing. Use of the trail does require a pass (purchase at the trailhead or online)
- Old Baldy – Off the beaten path, a nice 6 mile loop. Parking lot is not plowed
Bring a good map – I always carry a copy of Black Hills – Northeast, South Dakota Trails Illustrated Map #751. The trails are well marked and the map is water proof.
Water – Don’t forget water and snacks. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you won’t get thirsty. Bring more that you think you’ll need and plenty of snacks.
Layers – Dress in layers, a sunny Black Hills day can quickly change to blizzard like condition. Have plenty of cold weather gear.
Fun – Just enjoy your time out in the forest.
Where is your favorite place to snowshoe?