Old Baldy Trail Horseback Riding

The 9th most popular equestrian 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 horseback 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 horseback riding 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 horse trail of all 17 horseback rides in South Dakota. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Old Baldy Trail including Centential Trail, Centennial Trail, Mickelson Trail, Big Hill Trails, Eagle Cliff Trails and Deerfield TrailLittle Spearfish / Rimrock Trails.

Old Baldy Trail Horseback Riding Map



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

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Plenty Star Ranch Campground (605) 673-3012

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:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  4/1/2018

ID:  14923

Old Baldy Trail Horseback Riding Map


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