Hiking The Old Baldy Trail

The 9th most popular hiking trail in South Dakota.

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Near Lead in the Black Hills National Forest, the Old Baldy Trail is a 5.7 mile hiking loop with a 0.7 mile spur trail to the summit. The Old Baldy Trail loop meanders through stands of quaking aspen, paper birch, and ponderosa pine. From the loop, the spur trail continues up to the summit of Old Baldy Mountain. The view from the top of Old Baldy Mountain includes Crow Peak to the north, Ragged Top and Terry Peak to the east, and Cement Ridge Lookout to the west. Wild turkey, white tail deer, elk, and a variety of non-game bird species are commonly sighted along this trail.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Spearfish, take FSR 134 for approximately 13 miles to the trailhead or from Savoy take FSR 222 for 6 miles to the intersection with FSR 134. Travel north on FSR 134 for approximately 1.1 miles to the trailhead.

Overall, Old Baldy Trail is the 9th most popular hiking trail of all 10 hikes in South Dakota. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Old Baldy Trail including Centennial Trail, Sundance Trail System, Norbeck - Grizzly Creek Loop, Mickelson Trail, Deerfield Trail and Little Spearfish / Rimrock TrailsEagle Cliff Trails.

Old Baldy Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Black Hills National Forest (605) 642-4622; SD Tourism (800) 732-5682.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking The Black Hills" from Bert Gildart

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Sylvan Lake Cabins (605) 255-4515; Cottonwood Lodge (605) 642-2234

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills

GPS:  44.3426, -104.0033

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  4/1/2018

ID:  14921

Old Baldy Trail Hiking Map


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