Community Caves

Distance: 0.7m round trip | Climb: 226ft | Surface: dirt, rocks

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Trail Addict Rating: 5 13 ratings

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Experience

Don’t let the short distance fool you! This is a challenging hike. You start out needing to cross the creek and depending on time of year this can be difficult without getting wet. Then you start a steep climb that gets more treacherous as you get closer to the top. Much of the hike is loose rocks/gravel that forced us to bear crawl up and slide on our bottoms on the way down! Once at the top, the caves were cool, but I was still worried that one of my kids was going to slip and go tumbling down the hill. Had I known what this hike was like, I would not have taken 3 year olds. This hike is a lot of fun for older kids/adults, but not recommended for little ones.

Directions

  • From the mouth of Spearfish Canyon, travel approximately 2.7 miles on Hwy 14A just past mile marker 13. You will see a pull off on your right. Park here and cross the road. The trail isn’t marked, but you will need to find a way to cross the creek. Once across you will see a bunch of rocks and a small stream coming off the hill (from the waterfall). Follow this water up the hill to the caves.

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13 Comments

  1. 4

    Steep and rocky but enjoyed it almost as much as my 9 year old. He found a geocache and took us above the caves to see some great views too.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 0.7
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Community Caves

  2. 4

    Very slick in the winter with the ice formations. We hiked around it too. Definitely recommend at least yaktracs and poles during the winter. Even with those I biffed it again this year. The ice formations are beautiful.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Community Caves

  3. 3

    Difficult hike up and back, but worth it!!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 0.7
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Community Caves

  4. 5

    Wow , tough to climb up and down . Several caves

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.98
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Community Caves

  5. 5

    So so beautiful caves and walk other side . Love it !

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.42
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Community Caves

  6. 5

    Love this hike, been there several times, but only once in the winter. This is more of a bear climb and less of a hike. You are going straight up what appears to be a river bed so there are lots of loose rocks. The top is a very cool waterfall, caves, and beautiful views. It is very short, so the climb isn’t very long. If going in the winter I highly highly recommend using spikes. When we went, we didn’t bring ours and it was very sketchy and dangerous. We were unable to walk up without holding on to trees and other objects. When it was time to go down, we went on our butts but you have no control for stopping, and speed and lots of obstacles. I personally would not want to take small children on this, even if they are on your back.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 0.7
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Community Caves

  7. 5

    Very challenging hike, but the caves were amazing.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 0.7
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Community Caves

  8. 5

    One of my favorite quick hikes. I love the canyon!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.89
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Community Caves

  9. 5

    I went in winter with poor-quality spikes and trekking poles, and ended up sliding down 50+ feet, including being launched up and over a massive log that the snow and ice had built up over. I would suggest investing in high-quality crampons along with poles to make it in the winter months when the whole trail is just thick, slick ice. After my visit with poor spikes, I bought some heavy-duty ones as soon as I got home. I got them from Amazon and they cost me HALF as much as the crappy ones I bought at Walmart. Go figure. . I enjoyed it. I’m glad I went. I plan on seeing it again in other seasons.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Community Caves

  10. 4

    Beautiful and steep!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Community Caves

  11. 5

    Great trail! Cross the creek and veer left. You will see the trail there. Follow it up a steep narrow canyon to the top. You will see water coming down the trail and when you get to the top you can spot the caves and the waterfall. Awesome hike!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 0.7
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Community Caves

  12. 5

    Very cool!!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 0.7
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Community Caves

  13. 4

    Awesome trail as always.

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.1
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Community Caves

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