Hiking The Sundance Trail System

The 3rd most popular hiking trail in South Dakota.

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Near Rapid City in the Black Hills National Forest, the Sundance Trail System is a partly non-motorized 50.3 miles trail system weaves through the network of densely-forested canyons and winding open ridges that form the Bearlodge Mountains. You pass through pine, aspen, and oak woodlands. From some ridge tops you can see such sites as the Route of the Custer Expedition, Devils Tower, and the Twin Missouri Buttes. Elk, deer and turkey abound and an occasional mountain lion may be glimpsed.

The Sundance Trail system is well-recognized for excellent and challenging hiking opportunities because of the rough topography. The route has 1600 feet of vertical.

It is located 3.5 miles north of US 14 and Sundance on Government Valley Road.

Overall, Sundance Trail System is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 10 hikes in South Dakota. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Sundance Trail System including Centennial Trail, Norbeck - Grizzly Creek Loop, Mickelson Trail, Deerfield Trail, Little Spearfish / Rimrock Trails and Old Baldy TrailEagle Cliff Trails.


Local Contact(s):  Black Hills National Forest (605) 673-2251; SD Tourism (800) 732-5682.

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

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Sundance Trail CG

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

Breakfast Restaurant:  Sylvan Lake Lodge

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  7001


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