Roughlock Falls

Distance: 1.9m round trip | Climb: 170ft | Surface: dirt

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Trail Addict Rating: 4 35 ratings

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Roughlock Falls is one of the most visited areas in South Dakota.  This is a handicap accessible trail that winds through birch & ponderosa trees.  An easy trail which showcases plenty of breathtaking views, wildlife, trout fishing and one of the few places in the Black Hills to observe the rare American Dipper, a bird that can both walk and swim under water.

Directions

  • From Spearfish, take Hwy Spearfish Canyon Rd, Hwy 14A to Spearfish Canyon Lodge (13.2 miles from Colorado Blvd)  The trail is accessible from the Lodge parking lot.

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35 Comments

  1. 5

    Beautiful! It’s super easy especially if you have young kids and the waterfalls are stunning!!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 0.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  2. 4

    Falls and canyon was beautiful this Spring.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.9
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  3. 5

    ?

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  4. 3

    Easy hike with beautiful falls at the end!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.9
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  5. 5

    Beautiful falls. Amazing drive to get to the trail head.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  6. 5

    Went this winter (January,) and was not disappointed in the absolute beauty of the trail. Even with snow on the trail it was fairly easy.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  7. 4

    Great trail for beginners. Usually a lot of people on the trail sometimes making it difficult to navigate around.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  8. 5

    Nice and easy trail any time of year.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  9. 5

    Easy trail with great views!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.9
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  10. 5

    So beautiful ! Perfect photography this locations and the beautiful colorful fall ! ?

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.59
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  11. 3

    Nice trail

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.9
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  12. 5

    One of our favorites to hike with our kids!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.9
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  13. 5

    The waterfall is always so breathtaking. The trail is an easy hike. Every time we come out to Spearfish canyon we always end up there.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  14. 4

    Very easy, very pretty!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.25
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  15. 4

    No matter your hiking level, this is a great little spot! Beautiful any time of year and very, very easy.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.25
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  16. 3

    Fun Quick trail to stretch the kid’s legs.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  17. 5

    Both are easy, but wonderful in winter.

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  18. 3

    Fun easy hike!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  19. 4

    Nice short trail.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  20. 3

    Very pretty trail. Good for kids or an easy hike! Very rewarding when you get to see Roughloch Falls at the end!

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.2
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  21. 4

    Cool easy hike for family with great views of the falls!

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.3
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  22. 5

    scenic and very easy trail to the falls. lots of people walking when I was there yesterday.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  23. 5

    Nice hike on a hot day….

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  24. 5

    Beautiful to watch the falling water….

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  25. 3

    ok

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  26. 4

    Nice easy trail. Falls at the top are beautiful.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  27. 4

    Have done this trail many times, it never gets boring. This is one of those places to visit during all the seasons, it looks like a totally different place.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  28. 5

    We went in the late summer of last year and it was gorgeous! Green Canyon, blue skies, cool air, and finally the waterfall. It’s not strenuous for anyone who might be concerned. It’s a pleasant hike with friends and family.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.9
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  29. 5

    Roughlock Falls Trail and the spur off of it plus Spearfish Falls Trail.

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  30. 5

    lot of people hike this, it is short, easy and very beautiful. make sure you do this one.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.2
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  31. 4

    Very nice, easy hike leading to the falls. If taking this trail during the summer, expect it to be crowded.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1.9
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  32. 5

    The roughlock falls were very pretty! Easy and fun hike.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.0
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  33. 5

    Did this as a hike the first time. Ran the trail this time because it was so flat and easy

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Trail Running
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  34. 5

    Great short trail. Awesome waterfalls.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

  35. 4

    Nice, easy stroll with some truly stunning scenery. Well maintained, well traveled, easy for kids. It’s a shorty, but easy to combine with other trails in the area to make a hike that’s really worth the drive.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Roughlock Falls Trail

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