Big Hill Trails Cross Country Skiing

South of Spearfish in the Black Hills National Forest, the Big Hill Trails is a network of five trails totaling 10+ miles open to cross country skiing.

The cross country ski trailhead is approximately 7 miles south of Spearfish on 134 (Tinton Road).


Maintained trails on the forest are marked with blazes and brown fiberglass posts. Blazes are in the form of | either cut in the bark of pine trees or painted on redwood signs. Brown fiberglass posts are used where there are no trees.

Loops A, A.1 and B primarily meander through mixed stands of quaking aspen, paper birch and ponderosa pine.

Loops C, D and trail C.1 cross extensive stands of ponderosa pine with small patches of quaking aspen and paper birch.

Loop A 2.1 mi. Easy

Loop A.1 0.5 mi. Easy

Loop B 2.4 mi. More Difficult

Loop C 5.5 mi. More Difficult

Loop C.1** 1.5 mi. Easy

Loop D 4.5 mi. More Difficult

Black Hills National Forest (SD/US)

Black Hills National Forest (SD/US)

Black Hills National Forest (SD/US)

Black Hills National Forest (SD/US)

Big Hill Trails Cross Country Skiing Map



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

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Jan. - Feb.

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

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Date Updated:  8/15/2016

Big Hill Trails Cross Country Skiing Map


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