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Black Hills Snowshoeing

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

Be prepared

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?

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and sharing them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. When he is not busy being a Pharmacist he enjoys traveling with his family.

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