Iron Creek Trail Southern Hills

Distance: 2.4m round trip | Climb: 1000ft | Surface: dirt
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Iron Creek Trail is an easy route, following an old road. There are 11 water crossings as the trail meanders through a forest of ponderosa pine, oak, aspen, and birch. Just outside the southern edge of the Black Elk Wilderness, this is an excellent trail for mountain bikers.

Directions

  • From Keystone, just before Mt Rushmore, take Hwy 16A also known as Iron Mountain Rd
  • Trailhead is right across from Lakota Lake.

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6 Comments

  1. 3

    It was a scenic low level hike with a few crossings. The fact that it rained off and on a few days before made the naturally worn path a bit muddy. All in all, a pretty good small hike.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.4
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Iron Creek Trail SH

  2. 5

    Awesome trail, scenery, water crossings. Kids loved it.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.8
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Iron Creek Trail SH

  3. 4

    Very easy trail – great for young kids and newbies. Lots of water crossings.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.8
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Iron Creek Trail SH

  4. 3

    Nice very quiet trail. more than the 2.8 it says in trail book, maybe that is because you start off on the centennial trail at first, keep that in mind when you hike it from the picnic area and back it is 4 miles.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Iron Creek Trail SH

  5. 5

    Probably my favorite trail to date. Fun bridges to get over the water. One crossing is rocks but easy enough for our 5 year old. We did see a baby bull snake that didn’t want to let us pass so that added some excitement. Very pretty Trail!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.8
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Iron Creek Trail SH

  6. 4

    There was a moderate amount of traffic on this trail when I hiked it, but it was a gorgeous fall day so a lot of people were out enjoying the hills. None the less, it was still very enjoyable for me and my dog. Easy and well maintained with lots of places for him to splash around in the river while I crossed on the foot bridges. We’d intended to catch the Iron Mountain Trail just a little ways past the end of this trail off FSR 345, but we somehow managed to miss it. We ended up going all the way to the Grizzly Bear Creek trailhead, so we took that to 89A and caught Iron Mountain back from there. I’m still not sure how I missed the trailhead, but if you’re looking to make a loop it seems Iron Mountain is better marked on the 89a end.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.4
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Iron Creek Trail SH

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