Looking for hiking in Spearfish Canyon?  You have probably heard of Roughlock Falls, Devil’s Bathtub, and Community Cave, but have you ever heard of or hiked Little Spearfish Trail?

Little Spearfish Trail Trailhead
Little Spearfish Trail Trailhead

How do you find Little Spearfish Trail?

The trailhead to Little Spearfish Trail is found on FSR222, approximately 5 miles after you turn on to the forest service road from Savoy.  Both Timon and Rod and Gun Campgrounds are located on FSR222 and the trailhead to Little Spearfish Trail can easily be spotted next to the entrance to Timon Campground.  Rimrock Trail and Little Spearfish Trail basically intersect at this trailhead.

Little Spearfish Creek
Little Spearfish Creek

Little Spearfish trail is a looped trail that is approximately 6 miles long.  The trail difficulty throughout the hike is easy to moderate.  A unique aspect of this hike is that it follows Little Spearfish Creek for a good stretch of the hike.  It is also a very good trail to take young children on as long as they can handle the distance.

Little Spearfish Trail Trailmarker
Little Spearfish Trail Trailmarker

Ranger Draw is a section of the trail that lies on the east edge of the loop.  You have a bit of a climb before you hit the draw.  An abandoned root cellar and the foundation of an old ranger station can be seen in this part of the loop, though I have never personally been able to locate them.

Little Spearfish Trail
Little Spearfish Trail

The atmosphere on the trail is very similar to other trails in Spearfish Canyon.  One unique quality to this trail is the location of a campground at it’s trailhead.  If you have never camped in the Timon Campground, it is highly recommended.  Easy access to this trail makes it a perfect daytime activity during your stay at the campground.

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