Three hikes from Savoy

by Justin Larson on June 26, 2012 · 1 comment

 – Guest blog provided Josh Morrison

If you are looking to get a taste of everything Spearfish Canyon has to offer, I suggest a trip to Savoy. You’ll find this former Civilian Conservation Corps Camp thirteen miles into Spearfish Canyon. It is now home to the Latchstring Inn and Spearfish Canyon Lodge.
The area is also home to three great hikes. Two of the hikes are pretty simple, while one requires some effort. Little Spearfish Falls Trail and the Roughlock Trail are great for about any skill level and take you to some beautiful waterfalls. The 76 Trail on the other hand, takes you up to the canyon rim, not a cake walk, but worth the effort.
Little Spearfish Falls Trail
The Spearfish Falls Trail is located just behind the Latchstring Inn. This is a popular loop trail, just one-half mile long and quickly takes you to the canyon floor. The feature of the hike is the 70-foot waterfall created as Little Spearfish Creek dumps into Spearfish Creek.
I love to hike this all year long. The trail is accessible to most people. If you can brave the ice and the cold – the falls are beautiful in the middle of winter.
Roughlock Trail
Located just behind the Spearfish Canyon Lodge is the Trailhead for the Roughlock Trail. This is a gentle one mile hike that follows Little Spearfish Creek to the falls. Along the the trail there are plenty of opportunities to view wildlife in the stream, spot flowers along the trail and enjoy some beautiful limestone outcroppings along the way. Once you reach Roughlock Falls, there are boardwalks to get you close to the falls, plus there are restrooms and picnic tables.
This is another I hike I enjoy in all seasons. Spring, summer and fall the plants are different and I always seem to notice something different. In the winter, snowshoeing to the falls is a lot of fun. The trail is perfect for learning how to use snowshoes and the falls are neat to see in the middle of winter.
76 Trail
This is the trail that separates your average day hikers from those who aren’t afraid to earn their panoramic view. The trail is just over one-half mile long, but ascends 600 feet to the canyon rim. Those that can make the hike arrive at Buzzards Roost and are rewarded with an amazing view of Spearfish Canyon.
Find the trailhead just across the road from the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Watch for the brown and yellow sign, it is easy to miss.
I love reaching the top of this trail, slightly out of breath, and just take in the massive size of the the canyon. On a clear day, you can see the plains of Northwestern South Dakota from the top.
Hiking in Spearfish Canyon is a treat I hope most visitors to the area get to enjoy. The diversity of the trails and terrain almost guarantee something for everyone. There always seems to be something to explore just around the next bend. From Community Caves to Bridal Veil Falls the canyon is full of natural beauty just waiting for you.

Author Bio
Josh Morrison has called South Dakota home his whole life. He grew up on a farm near Mitchell and now calls the Black Hills home. Any chance he gets, he loves to explore the beauty of the state and share his discoveries on his blogs Enjoy the Black Hills and Enjoying South Dakota.

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