Picking the best trail to hike in the Black Hills is hard, really hard. The area’s landscapes vary tremendously, making the trails quite diverse. You may find yourself walking through grasslands, crossing creeks, traversing pine forests, or even scrambling over boulders. Yet no matter where you hike, you’re sure to find jaw-dropping views and little bit of history along the way.
While the Black Hills has a whopping 450 trails ready to be explored, get started with these 10 routes you don’t want to miss.
1. Sunday Gulch Trail
The Sunday Gulch Trail is a 4-mile loop that begins behind the famed outlets near Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. At the beginning, you’ll traverse over large boulders down a valley. Towering granite spires frame views here all the way to the northern Black Hills. Don’t let the handrails and stairs fool you into thinking this trail is easy. It would be challenging to get down the valley without them.