Deerfield Trail

Distance: 23m one way | Climb: 1618ft | Surface: dirt, rock

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Experience

The Deerfield Trail runs from Centennial Trail near Pactola Lake to Deerfield Lake. The trail winds through the deep canyons along Slate Creek and Rapid Creek. A fun trail which crosses over 30 bridges. This trail provides plenty of scenery including mines, tunnels, and a log flume. At the end of the trail is a loop trail around Deerfield Lake.

Directions

  • From Rapid City take Highway 44 to Highway 385.
  • Turn north and travel 1.4 miles to county road 299. (Silver City Road)
  • Take 299 for 0.2 miles to a short road to the trailhead. This trailhead also serves the Centennial Trail.

Reminder: To use this map on your route, make sure to download this gpx file into your favorite mapping app. in case you lose cellular connection.

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9 Comments

  1. 3

    We had a little trouble finding the start of the trail and actually hiked for a few miles on the centennial trail before turning back and finding the broken sign pointing us to Deerfield trail. It was fun, we want to go back and finish it.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Deerfield Trail

  2. 5

    What a fun trail! Love all the bridges and great creek access, our dogs loved this hike!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 12
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Deerfield Trail

  3. 4

    Challenging hike to start. Beautiful views!! Lots of neat old mining history!!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 10.8
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Deerfield Trail

  4. 4

    Challenging trail!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Mountain Biking
    Miles completed: 4
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Deerfield Trail

  5. 4

    First 3 miles is very, very easy – perfect for beginners. Dogs and kids love the bridges and water!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Deerfield Trail

  6. 1

    Absolutely garbage trail. It is not maintained in any way. The path was barely visible for most of the trek. Trees down, overgrowth, unmarked trail spurs, bridges washed out (and there’s something like three dozen of them to cross). Got off track several times due to unmarked spurs, which required me to turn around. After awhile of wasting time trying to find ways to cross over the creek where bridges were out, I just began walking across the creek — shoes and all — because it was faster given the number of bridges. Avoid at all costs. It would be enjoyable if it was fixed. Otherwise, it’s just a nightmare. It’s a shame.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 30
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Deerfield Trail

  7. 4

    Easy trail with refreshing water views. It just keeps going! Would be fun to do on a mountain bike.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 8
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Deerfield Trail

  8. 4

    Very long, easy trail. Good spots for skipping stones.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 7
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Deerfield Trail

  9. 5

    This is one of the best hikes I’ve taken in the Black Hills. We started in Silver City and hiked along the creek for a little over 5 miles. It was pretty icy/snowy in the shady spots, which meant it was extra muddy on the return trip. The trade off for a little slipping & sliding was a stunning gem of a trail. We loved all the creek crossings, and it looks like most of the foot bridges have been recently improved. The trail is wide at the beginning but narrows down to a single-track after a couple miles, but in spite of some mud bogs and overgrown spots it was still easy to follow. There are a few decent little climbs to get your heart pumping, but nothing overwhelming. The lower section of the trail was definitely higher traffic; we saw a few dozen people along the 1.5 miles of the trail closest to Silver City, but only saw 3 other people on the entire rest of the hike. I will definitely be doing it again – in fact, I’m doing another portion of this trail tomorrow!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 10.2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Deerfield Trail

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