11th hour gulch is another one of those places in Spearfish Canyon that I just love to visit all the time. It seems like a different experience each time. I posted about it before here and here (I’ve even posted about 11th hour IPA).
It is just a few steps off the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. This is such a neat place to explore. If you don’t mind doing a bit of climbing (nothing too scary) you can climb above the gulch for a great view of the area.
In the winter, it is just a few steps off the road. However, the path turns into a sheet of ice. I always carry my Kahtoola MICROspikes Pocket Traction System with me, they make me feel like a mountain goat on the ice. Solid footing.
Last fall I climbed to the top and the only dangerous part was avoiding the pine cones the squirrels were throwing at us.
Below is a short video of the gulch I shot March 10th 2012.