Black Hills National Forest

Hiking Eagle Cliff Trails

The Eagle Cliff Trails are a self-guiding, loop trail system, signed at intersections with blazed trees marking the trail route. While Eagle Cliff Trails have long been recognized as a cross-country ski trail system, the area is also popular during the spring, summer, and fall for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Much of the trail system winds through stands of Ponderosa Pine, up shaded draws lined with Black Hills Spruce, and across meadows filled with native wildflowers.

Elevation: 5,760 to 6,520 feet
Location: Trailheads are approximately 7.4 and 8.4 miles west of Cheyenne Crossing on U.S. 85.

The Eagle Cliff Trails were started by local skiing enthusiasts in the mid 1980's. Today the trails are maintained by the Forest Service and the Northern Hills Cross Country Ski Club.

The table below rates the trails for cross-country skiing. Trail difficulty is usually one rating class less difficult for hikers, bikers and other users.

Trails Length Difficulty
Bratwurst 2.5 Miles Easy
Sunny Meadow 1.8 Miles Easy
The Loop 1.7 Miles Easy
Holey Rock 0.7 Mile Difficult
Lily Park 0.4 Mile Difficult
Lost Run 1 Mile Difficult
Hollow 0.2 Mile Difficult
Wipeout 0.4 Mile Difficult
Deep Snow 1 Mile Difficult
Hidden Basin 0.7 Mile Difficult
Intake Meadows 1 Mile Easy
What the Hell 1.7 Miles Moderate
Toni's 1 Mile Easy
Cliff Top 1.1 Miles Difficult
Eagle Cliff 1.7 Miles Moderate
Raddick Run 0.7 Mile Moderate
Raddick Gulch 0.7 Mile Difficult
Roller Coaster 2.5 Miles Moderate
Dead Ox 3.4 Miles Difficult
Rolling Ox 0.2 Mile Difficult

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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