Crow Peak. Three and a half miles up, three and a half miles down. Approximately a 1500 foot elevation change and give yourself about four hours on foot. The end result? You are on top of the world, or the Black Hills at least. Once you turn onto Higgins Gulch Road from Spearfish, the parking lot is at your 5 mile marker on the right. Pass through the gate (and close it) and you are on your way.
The trail is obvious the entire way up and do stay on it because the leaves of 3 (aka poison ivy) are everywhere! Make a note in the journal at the top (Black Hills The Hike was here!), eat the snack you undoubtedly remembered to bring along, and perhaps send a photo of the view to all of your friends who were too lazy to tag along because, yes, you will have cell phone service at some 5600 ft+.
At the 1.5 mile marker you will see the sign for Beaver Ridge spur trail. If you have never checked this hike out, you should do so. It is only 1 mile round trip.
What is Crow Peak trail like?
The trail is mostly dirt the entire way up. For about the last quarter of a mile you will encounter loose rock. Be careful, and pay attention! It is also possible to see the damage from the fire on the hilltop back in 2012. Also, if you are really good in the geography department you may be able to spot Citadel Rock.