My personal opinion, Hippie Hole is one of the most amazing hikes in the Black Hills! You can approach the waterfall from two directions, a short hike down Battle Creek from the small parking area found off of South Rockerville Road or from an extremely strenuous hike off of Hwy. 40.
If hiking down to Hippie Hole off of Hwy. 40, take water because you will be dripping in sweat, guaranteed. There is poison ivy and it is straight down hill. Only advanced hikers should even attempt this climb.
The hike from the parking lot off of South Rockerville Road is not nearly as extreme. Stay right, for the most part, on the gravel roads after you’ve found the road to turn on just past the cattle guard on South Rockerville Road. A dirt trail leads you from the parking lot. continue down until you’ve reached Battle Creek. At the creek hang a left (South) and after about fifteen minutes you will come to the top of the waterfall. Make note of where you turned south on the creek as, speaking from experience, finding your way back to the parking lot can get confusing.
Once you reach the water from either direction, it is all worth it. You can jump from the waterfall, float in the pool, or just sunbathe on the rocks. As with any hiking experience in the Black Hills, please pack out what you’ve packed in. Clean up your trash people! Also, be wary of the rocks and the many dangers of jumping where you aren’t familiar.
The billion dollar question, how do you get to Hippie Hole?
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