Buzzard’s Roost

Distance: Varies on Trail | Climb: 400-1000ft | Surface: dirt, rocks

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Trail Addict Rating: 4 38 ratings

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Experience

This trail system can range from a casual walk in the hills, to heart racing climb depending upon the route you travel. The trails are clearly marked to ensure you get the level that you desire. At the top, Buzzards Roost’s provides an amazing lookout area with clear views of the beautiful Black Hills including Black Elk (Harney Peak), Boulder Hill, Thrall Mountain, Mount Wheaton and Scruton Mountain, just to name a few. The view also provides a picturesque look at the limestone walls lining Dark Canyon of Rapid Creek.

Directions

  • Take HWY 44 West of Rapid City.
  • In appx. 4 miles between Falling Rock Rd & Hisega turn into the parking area on the left.

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38 Comments

  1. 4

    Great, easy trail. Perfect for family outing.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  2. 4

    This trail is close to home and very easy to find. Depending on the route you take, it can be a great cardio workout to the top. The lookout is amazing! It’s worth going a couple of different times to check out the different paths.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  3. 3

    Very enjoyable. Nice views. Ready to go again but follow a different path.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.8
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  4. 4

    We got confused as the trails merge and cross. As a first time hiker here we got lost and completed the more difficult trail. Had a lot of fun though

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  5. 4

    My wife and daughter went with me on this trial, what was called the advanced one. There were trail guides for different difficulties. Lots of rocks on our path, so the way up was mainly watching your feet, but there is a fantastic overview looking out at the end. Completely worth it. There are many different paths you can go on there.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  6. 4

    Fun trail! Lots of different choices based on difficulty. Will definitely do again! Close to town.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  7. 5

    Lots of good trails. Even my four year old enjoyed it.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  8. 4

    Great views.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  9. 4

    Wonderful sunrise if you get there early.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  10. 5

    Great trail for the family. Enough of a climb to get the heart pumping, but nothing to strenuous. Awesome view from the roost.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  11. 4

    Great views close to Rapid

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  12. 5

    Nice quick hike with a hell of a view

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.16
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  13. 5

    Awesome day. Clear sky offering a great view at the top.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.99
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  14. 5

    Did extremely difficult trail. Was a great workout! Got lost on the way down, but a great adventure!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  15. 4

    Took the path marked easy.. not exactly the easiest route up. Took a different route down that was much easier. But the views from the top totally worth it!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  16. 5

    16ish miles of trails to choose from ranging from easy to difficult. View is spectacular from the top

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  17. 4

    A bit chilly with cold wind the higher you got. Stormed was coming so ended up cutting short the hike. Arrived back at the trailhead just as the sprinkling started.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.84
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  18. 2

    Nice trail

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 0.5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  19. 4

    Great trail. Wonderful views

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  20. 4

    Perfect weather— sunny sky, slight breeze in the high 60s. Took the Stumpy trail up then crossed over to Jeremy down. Said difficult to extreme but on foot it was very easy.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.75
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  21. 3

    Easy trail, nice views!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.87
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  22. 5

    Spectacular view at the top!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  23. 5

    Love all the different options for this trail. The view never gets old!

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  24. 3

    We followed the easy trail and it was a great quick hike for our family. Can’t wait to go back and take the other trails!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  25. 4

    Beautiful view and caught a glimpse of the back end of a mountain lion disappearing into the baby ponderosas on the way down!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Trail Running
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  26. 4

    Took the easiest trail with my 3 month old! Beautiful!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  27. 4

    Beautiful overlook at the top!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  28. 3

    Nice trail for all levels.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 0
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  29. 5

    Nice sunny day after all the rain this week. No muddy trails which was a plus. found the top near the lookout full of flowers.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.68
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  30. 4

    Always a scenic close to town option for a quick Saturday morning hike.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.4
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  31. 5

    Got a great sweat trekking straight up the hill, then a great breeze and view while exploring side trails!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  32. 5

    This has been my go to trail for years. The views from the top of Buzzards Roost are stunning and the perfect place to recharge the mind, body and soul.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  33. 3

    Enjoyable hike but highway noise very prevalent during the whole hike.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  34. 5

    Grew up down the road from these trails, used to climb the hill before a majority of the trails existed. Great little hiking and biking trails for all.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 9.98
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  35. 4

    There are 4 differant trails you can take, I like to start on the main one keep to the left at the fork go up the steep part and the view is one I can look at for hours.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 8
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  36. 4

    Someone suggested I hike Buzzard’s Roost and I didn’t look up any information before I left. There is not any information posted on the trail head about the length of the trail. If this is a loop, the loop right now seemed to be closed for trail maintenance.. But maybe I missed it. There were a few trail maintenance signs. I took my time and took photos on the way up and it took me about 40 minutes to get to the top.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  37. 4

    Buzzard’s Roost is another trail that’s great because it’s easy to access for a quick hike. There are so many different trails and loops, ranging from easy to challenging, that it’s easy to make this hike enjoyable no matter your skill level. It’s one of my go-to trails when I want to get my heart pumping without driving too far.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 18.8
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

  38. 4

    Great short hike

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Buzzard’s Roost

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