Iron Creek Trail is one of the most unique and simple trails in Spearfish Canyon. The beginning of the trail is a few miles past Bridal Veil Falls, mile marker 22, approximately. It is 11.4 miles into Spearfish Canyon from the stoplight in Spearfish. You will see a large pullout parking area just before a bridge on the West side of the road and the trail begins as you pass between two large rocks at the western edge of the parking area.
Iron Creek Trail begins in Spearfish Canyon and ends, naturally, at Iron Creek. As seen by the sign just before the bridge at the entrance to this hike, Iron Creek flows through a good portion of this hike, hence where it got its name. If the area has been lucky enough to have had a lot of moisture, the creek will flow rapidly all year round.
The trail sits in an area that once was home to a railroad system in the Black Hills. Many aspects from the past can be seen when on this hike. Looking up you can view some pretty spectacular cliffs and looking throughout the creek you will see many boulders that have fallen from up above. The famous Iron Creek Arch lies along this trail and can only be seen when hiking east on your return trip to your vehicle. The wildlife and natural growth in the area is abundant, especially during the Spring. Moss is often seen on the rocks in the creek, adding more color to the already naturally beautiful area.
Who should hike on Iron Creek Trail?
Iron Creek Trail is perfect for hiking, biking, snow shoeing, photography, and bird watching. All ages and all levels of experienced hikers will enjoy. The natural setting and the ease of this hike are two things that always make Iron Creek Trail a go-to trail for a needed outdoor experience. Overall it is a very easy hike.