Flume Trail

Distance: 23.2m round trip | Climb: 1715ft | Surface: dirt, gravel

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Trail Addict Rating: 4 38 ratings

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Experience

This historic trail is a walk back in history to the mining boom of the 1880s. The trail follows the Rockerville Flume route which brought water from Spring Creek to an area near Rockerville for gold miners. Along the way you’ll be able to view historic artifacts and parts of the flume itself. See the tip below.

Directions

  • From Rapid City, take Sheridan Lake Rd to Hwy 385, turn left and continue to Sheridan Lake Campground.
  • Follow signs to Flume Trailhead near the southeast shore of Sheridan Lake. The trail ends near Rockerville at the Coon Hollow Trailhead on County Road 233.

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38 Comments

  1. 4

    This is a beautiful hike in the Winter and can be done with or without snowshoes – make sure to test the ice before crossing!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  2. 4

    We have done different sections of this trail thus far this year. My favorite section is with the tunnels.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 14
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  3. 4

    Beautiful views along Sheridan Lake.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  4. 4

    Spring Creek Loop.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.2
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  5. 5

    Great weather today. Trees helped keep the heat off as well as the creek. Two of the bridges are down. But the water felt great crossing.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.25
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  6. 4

    love

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 10
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  7. 5

    Started at Coon Hollow Trail Head about 6 pm on 6/1, made it almost to Boulder Hill Trail Head but it was pretty dark so we turned around. Got back to Coon Hollow TH about 945 pm.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 10
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  8. 5

    Beautiful, easy hike. Next time we will start at other end and find the tunnels!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  9. 5

    Love the portion by Sheridan lake. Great views, great geology.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  10. 5

    Hiked from Coon Hollow to the Air Force Vista with the dog. Great day, minimum people. Intended to go further the the dog had a run in with a bee stinging her paw, so we turned around. Great trail and quite open.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.38
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  11. 4

    Coon Hollow Trailhead to Boulder Hill Loop.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6.15
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  12. 3

    Fun trail, neat history!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  13. 4

    Section 2 and Loop B are pretty basic and simple, only a small portion is very rocky & steep. Nice leisurely hike.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  14. 4

    Good trail. A little hard to follow at times because of logging and breaks in trail, but it was simple and pretty.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  15. 5

    Such a fun & pretty trail! It’s really long, so dividing it up into 3-4 sections is the most manageable! All the bridges are back up as of 11/30/17.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  16. 5

    The history, tunnels, & views are amazing – bridges make things interesting w/ small kids and/or small dogs! One of my faves!!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  17. 5

    One of the best trails in the Hills!

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

  18. 5

    Great trail!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 7
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  19. 5

    Fun trail!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 7
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  20. 5

    A very enjoyable trail, one of my favorites!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 7
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  21. 4

    Great trail, can’t wait to complete the whole thing!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5.2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  22. 4

    Great trail. We went through one tunnel today.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  23. 5

    my favorite

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.7
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  24. 5

    This is a trail that gives you different scenery throughout and if your lucky they’ll have one of the Flumes open. Another great place for some SD history.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  25. 5

    We did the Flume Loop and loved this trail.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.0
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  26. 4

    Saturday Hike was not muddy, but the Creek is high and flowing fast. All bridges are up and in great condition. Nice breeze made it a great day.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.23
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  27. 5

    Did the Spring Creek loop at the base of Sheridan Lake. Beautiful and easy!

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

  28. 3

    Did the Coon Hollow side of the Flume trail. Very rocky and wooded.

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

  29. 5

    Overcast day and not busy at all!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  30. 4

    Great trail! Kids loved it as well. We started at the Centennial trailhead and hiked to the first tunnel and back. A couple places where it was pretty narrow with steep drops to the side but my small kids still did fine with a hand held.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.25
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  31. 4

    Good day today…had a little trouble trying to figure out some of the trail for the loop but eventually found it. Nice hike through the boulder hill area.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  32. 3

    Easy and nice view of Seridan Lake.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5.4
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  33. 4

    It started to rain, so we turned back. Beautiful trail, will go back soon!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.75
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  34. 4

    Have hiked different parts of the Flume Trail, this time at the Spring Creek TH

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5.4
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  35. 4

    Started at Pot Rustle loop trail head near Sheridan Lake. This is a really nice hike and was great to take the dog on. Plenty of really nice views of the lake and Spring Creek below. The history of the flume, including the tunnels you can walk through, was very neat! Looking forward to completing the rest of it.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  36. 4

    Started off at the Coon Hollow trailhead this time. Made it to just past the Boulder Hill parking before turning back. Super views along the way. This trail is pretty great!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6.5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

  37. 4

    We hiked this trail in two sections: Out-and-back starting at Sheridan Lake, then out-and-back starting at the Rockerville trailhead and including a trip up Boulder Hill. Both sections are uniquely beautiful. My daughter liked the tunnels on the Sheridan Lake side (although one was flooded when we passed through) and of course the views overlooking the lake were beautiful. Some of the trail sections were a bit overgrown, with narrow paths on steep hills. The scenery changes a bit more from the Rockerville side, moving from thick forest to wide valley views, through grottos and up steep rocky climbs. Both sections were really enjoyable; it would definitely be a fun through-hike.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 21.6
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Flume Trail

  38. 4

    Enjoyed the hike

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 13
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Flume Trail

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