Thursday, August 13, 2009

Black Hills National Forest: Spearfish Canyon

Well Noelle and I had such a good time in Spearfish over our last weekend that we decided to head back. We awoke early this morning to take my car to the Honda dealer in Rapid City where I got some routine maintenance done. After that we headed over to Spearfish. We drove up Spearfish Canyon again where there were many fewer motorcyclists. We stopped at the Bridal Veil Falls Overlook and then up canyon and into Little Spearfish Canyon.
downcanyon view
There we hiked the very pleasant trail up to Roughlock Falls.
roughlock below
While we have been to Roughlock Falls before, this was the first time we had hiked the mile long trail there.
noelle roughlock sign
As a matter of fact, I believe that the trail is new and that the falls are now managed by the State of South Dakota instead of the Forest Service. The scenery along the trail was great and the air cool along the water.

After hiking to Roughlock Falls we found another trail nearby that we’d never hiked before. The trail was a ¾ mile long loop hike to Spearfish Falls and back. How we’ve failed to hike this trail for so long boggles me, but the waterfall was impressive.
After that it was on to lunch at Culver’s in Spearfish before a trip to the historic D.C. Booth Fish hatchery.
The fish hatchery was fairly interesting and once again we found it hard to believe that we’ve spent as much time in the Black Hills as we have without visiting this attraction. From the hatchery we drove to Black Hills State University to play a round of disc golf at their course. Finally, we returned to Crow Peak Brewing Company for some delicious beer. I had the IPA again and Noelle had the Porter. We also tried a new beer on tap, called Thor’s Hammer which was great; a bit like Fat Tire. 

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