Eagle Cliff Trails (Trail number 68) is a unique trail system in the Black Hills that contains over 27 miles of trail.  There are a total of 21 loops and one way trails that can be taken in any combination to create your own length of trail to meet your hiking needs.  The elevation of these trails sits between 5,700 and 6,600 feet, depending on the trail that you take.  Also, the trails range from easy to difficult, so there will be a trail for everyone looking for hiking in the Black Hills.

Eagle Cliff Trails Trailhead
Eagle Cliff Trails Trailhead

This trail system was initially developed by skiers back in the 1980s.  Winter skiers will love this set of trails, as well as, hikers, bikers, and snowshoers.  There are no motorized vehicles allowed in this trail system.  Also, prior to venturing out on a specific portion of this trail, be sure to do a bit of research as parts of this trail become closed for logging.

The trails within the Eagle Cliff Trails include:  Bratwurst, Eagle Cliff, Intake Meadows, Sunny Meadow, The Loop, The Loop Spur, Toni’s, Dead Ox, Raddick Run, Roller Coaster, What the Hell, Cliff Top, Deep Snow, Hidden Basin, Holey Rock, Hollow, Lily Park, Lost Run, Raddick Gulch, Rolling Ox, and Wipeout.  The longest individual trail is 3.7 miles (Dead Ox), and the shortest is 0.2 miles (Rolling Ox).

Where do you find Eagle Cliff Trails?

To get to the Eagle Cliff Trails from Spearfish, take Hwy. 14A through Spearfish Canyon, heading south, until you reach Cheyenne Crossing.  At Cheyenne Crossing, take a right onto Hwy. 85 and head southwest to reach the trailheads.  You will find a trailhead at 3.7, 7.3, 8.1, and 9.1 miles from turning onto Hwy. 85.

Spring Robin at Eagle Cliff Trails
Spring Robin at Eagle Cliff Trails

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  1. The Dead ox trail head is for winter use only. Unfortunately, like many other trails that are suppose to be for non-motorized travel, be prepared that there may be ATV’s on the trails. Also, it is part of open range and there are cattle in the area.

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