The Rimrock Trail (Trail #79) in Spearfish Canyon is great day hike for those people wanting to spend some time in the forest. The trail is actually two loop trails – one loop is about 4.5 miles and the other is just over 3 miles. If you hike it in a figure eight pattern like I did, you will hike just under 8 miles. There is an elevation changed of about 700 feet when you travel from the creek side to the top.
There are several access points for the hike and a portion of the trail is shared with the Little Spearfish Trail. Plus, there is a spur from the Old Baldy Trail that connects to the Rimrock Trail. Other than the Old Baldy Spur, you will find the access points all along Forest Service Road 222 (Roughlock Falls Road).
Lower Loop Trailhead – The first place you’ll find on Forest Service Road 222 when traveling west is the this small pullout. There is a gate and small sign showing you the trail.
Dances with Wolves Film Site – This area is on the lower loop portion of the trail
1997 Holiday Tree – This is the site where the 1997 White House Christmas tree was cut. It also appears to be the site of an old homestead, there is an old root cellar. This part of the upper loop
Ranger Draw – Part of the Upper Loop and shared with the Little Spearfish Trail
Timon Campground – No official trailhead here, however the trail goes right along the edge of the campground.
Little Spearfish Trail Trailhead – From here you can hike the Upper Loop of the Rimrock Trail or the 6 mile Little Spearfish Trail.
What you’ll see
This is a nice trail to take in all that Spearfish Canyon has to offer. The lush riparian vegetation along Little Spearfish Creek gives way to meadows and stands of Ponderosa, quaking aspen and paper birch. This is a great place to enjoy the Black Hills National Forest.
Know what you need when hiking in the Spearfish Canyon area. Always have plenty of water and snacks. Weather can change quickly, dress accordingly. Have a good map, like the Black Hills National Forest Map Pack: Topographic Trail Maps. These maps have the trails and trailheads clearly marked, they are my favorite.