Crow Peak trailhead, Spearfish, SD
Crow Peak trailhead, Spearfish, SD
The trail up Crow Peak, Spearfish, SD (2)
The trail up Crow Peak, Spearfish, SD (2)
The trail up Crow Peak Spearfish SD
The trail up Crow Peak Spearfish SD
The trail up Crow Peak, Spearfish, SD
The trail up Crow Peak, Spearfish, SD
The view from the top of Crow Peak in Spearfish, SD
The view from the top of Crow Peak in Spearfish, SD

 

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.

Crow Peak in Spearfish, SD
Crow Peak in Spearfish, SD

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.

2 thoughts on “Crow Peak

  1. Do you have more details about how to get to the hiking trail? I drove until I reached a clearing, which I suppose is the parking lot. There were no other cars so I wasn’t sure, and there was another small gravel pathway that continued. I didn’t see any signs or a ranger booth. I sort of saw a gate (?) near the clearing but there was plant overgrowth all over it so wasn’t sure, didn’t want to mess around. Drove back with nothing 🙁

    1. There is no ranger booth. It is about five miles into Higgins Gulch Road after you turn off of Hillsview Road. The parking lot is on the right hand side of the road and all you will see is a gate. A little ways into the hike you will come to the wooden signs for the trail. Good luck!

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