When entering Spearfish, SD your eye cannot miss the distant hill that shadows the city. One cannot help to think what the view offers. From the top you will not be disappointed. The view offers an array of sites including Spearfish, Belle Fouche, the northern Black Hills Range, Terry Peak, Bear Butte, and the northern plains. Crow Peak offers cyclists and hikers a chance to see great views while getting in an solid workout.
Crow Peak has a strong history with the Native American culture. Crow Peak was originally named “Paha Karitukateyapi” meaning “The hill where the Crows were killed”, relating to a battle fought between the Sioux and Crow Nations where the Sioux were victorious.
What Makes It Great
The trail is lush with vegetation and offers obstacles for experienced bikers and hikers. The trek up is labeled as strenuous and the elevation gain is approximately 1,500' with a total elevation of 5,760' at the top. Be sure to bring plenty of water for you, your friends, and pets. Crow Peak is considered a local favorite so you will always be in good company with friendly South Dakotans on the trail.
This hike offers a variety of views from ponderosa pines, birch trees, and wild flowers. The spring offers an abundance of neon green shrubs and trees with South Dakota native flowers in bloom. In the fall, you will see a luscious array of colors that extend up the trail. Watch out for poison ivy as you make your way up, especially at the start.
Who is Going to Love It
Whether you are an experienced biker, hiker, or a photographer, you will love this hike. It offers a challenge for those who are willing to take it and beauty for those wanting to capture it.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Crow Peak is located just outside of Spearfish, SD. Head southwest on FSR 214 (Higgins Gulch Road) for approximately 7 miles. There is a large parking lot with the trailhead sign close by. Parking is free, so get your gear and get ready for a great bike ride or hike!