It will not take you a long time to hike the trail, but it will take you time to admire all the beauty the trail offers.
The Iron Creek Trailhead tends to get overlooked by many tourists due to the surrounding attractions but you will see many locals and their pets on the trail. The main draw here is the beauty of Spearfish Canyon, highlighted by the rushing creek that parallels the trail.
What Makes It Great
The creek follows almost the entire length of the trail. There are also boulders and cliffs that decorate the landscape. The trail is beautiful from the start and is lush with vegetation, including ponderosa pine, oak, birch, and aspen. Each season offers a new window into the wilderness and many hikers feel like they are on a new trail when snow falls or the summer foliage is in bloom.
The Iron Creek Trailhead is also close to many notable attractions such as Bridal Veil Falls, Rough Lock Falls, Little Spearfish Falls, and the community caves.
Who is Going to Love It
All ages will love this hike as well as your friendly dog companions. The trail is fairly easy with little elevation gain but offers an array of sights.
The trailhead is open all year round for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. In the summer, spring, and fall avid hikers, photographers, families, and bikers all enjoy the trail. In the winter, snowshoeing is popular on this trail as well.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From East Colorado Boulevard turn onto Spearfish Canyon Highway and travel approximately 11 miles. The beginning of the trailhead is past Bridal Veil Falls (which you cannot miss on the left). Be careful of tourists crossing the road here.
The trailhead is at around mile marker 22, you should see a large parking lot to the right of the road. Once park you will not miss the trailhead. It does not cost anything to hike this trial, so get your camera and hiking shoes on and enjoy.