One of the most wonderful things about being in Rapid City is the easy access our city offers to excellent hiking experiences. Here are some of my favorite hikes within approximately 30 minutes of Rapid City.
1. Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park Trails
2. Little Elk Creek Trail
Almost exactly 20 minutes from Rapid City, Little Elk Creek Trail follows Little Elk Creek for three miles, almost to Dalton Lake near Nemo. The trail meanders up a gravel road, and then becomes single-track as it follows the flow of the creek. This trail is beautiful year round, but it shines when the leaves are changing in the fall. It’s a well-kept trail, with swimming holes and small waterfalls to splash in.
3. Stratobowl Rim Trail
4. Storm Mountain Trails
Just fifteen minutes from Rapid City, this trail starts at the trailhead of the popular Flume Trail section called Coon Hollow and connects to the Storm Mountain Loop. The trail is single track with some steep technical sections but offers beautiful views of the surrounding Black Hills.