After getting home from our day trip we talked about I our last update we had another night with little sleep because of blowing wind’s that just made it hard to sleep so Friday morning (6/23) with clouds in the skies and winds still blowing we gave in and decided to have a down day.
By a down day I mean doing a little housework, a run into Spearfish to hit a couple spots downtown and making a Walmart run. But basically a restful day. Just nothing blog worthy.
Saturday morning 6/24) we jumped in the truck and headed out to do what we had intended to do on Friday so we could avoid the weekend crowds but plans don’t always come together.
If you remember a couple updates back we mentioned that if we found time we wanted to go back and do a couple hikes that we missed on the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Highway while there, and we found time!!
Our first stop was to find the filming location of “Dances with Wolves”. We found our turnoff and drove back up to Roughlock Falls where we were on our last visit and then continued another mile or so up a good gravel road until we found the sign along the road.
Once we found the sign and saw a trail next to it we prepped for a hike and started in only to come to a dead end at a small pond no more than 50ft into the brush!! Whew, it must be lunch time so we headed back to the truck lol. Well that was a bit of a letdown but we were not expecting much but hey, we were there.
Then it was time to head to Iron Creek Trail. This particular trail is an easy 4.9 mile in and out that follows along a creek most of the way providing some nice scenery.
When you reach the end you come to an old fence that is very easy to get by and we were told that if you continue a few more miles beyond the fence you come to a lake but it wasn’t something we set out to do on this particular day so we just turned around and headed back to the truck. We had another hike to do anyway.
** (Don’t take our work for the going beyond the fence thing, do your own research.)** But by all means if in the area we would recommend this nice mellow stroll.
Then we off and headed towards the Devils Bathtub hike.
I think we read that this hike is only 1 mile in but because of all the twists and turns and creek crossings I would have guessed it longer. Maybe they measured as the crow flies, I don’t know but it was much more technical than the Iron Creek Trail even though nothing to be concerned about.
When we first took off we were taking advantage of the make shift bridges to get through the creek crossings without getting our feet wet but after about the 4th one we realized that was a useless thought LOL!!
We also read where someone was complaining that the trail isn’t marked very well, News Flash, it’s not marked at all!!! But even though you will happen across many forks in the trail offering different options from what we could tell they all lead to the same place. Maybe some trails are easier or harder and we did back track a couple times in order to avoid a steep bank to get to a creek crossing but that was part of the fun.
As far as creek crossing go, we started counting when we first started but soon gave up on that but we had to of crossed at least 12 times and probably more but during our visit the water was never higher than just above our ankles (even though you could find deeper if you want). But it felt good because it was warm outside.
This trail gave us the feel of being in a rain forest setting and offered a good place to get wet at the end if you so desired.
I guess if you were feeling adventurous to could push on beyond where we stopped but we felt content and headed back after seeing Devils Bathtub. These are my kinds of hikes, not overly long with little elevation gains yet provides great scenery, good exercise and cheap entertainment.
After we got back to the truck we found a small area set up with picnic tables along the stream and had a little lunch before continuing on to Bridal Falls were we made a short stop.
At that point we were pretty close to Spearfish and we had a choice, go on to Spearfish and then home or turn around and drive back through the Scenic Byway to Deadwood and home, we opted for turning around. It was the longer choice but far more scenic.
Another good day of sightseeing.
Sunday (6/25), our last day in Spearfish we planned from the start to be a kick back at home day so nothing to report on unless you are really interested in laundry and window cleaning LOL!!. Oh I guess I could talk about how much I enjoyed pancakes made on the Camp Chef griddle for breakfast or the bacon wrapped steaks a did up on the Camp Chef for dinner but I’m saving all of that for a Camp Chef dedicated update.
We really enjoyed our stay in Spearfish and sat around having coffee outside this morning talking about how we could spend a month here pretty easy. If this campground had a gym and Pickleball it would make it REAL easy for us.
That wraps it up for this area, Monday (6/26) we will lift our jacks and drive a whopping 55 miles to our next destination just outside of Rapid City South Dakota. We know we will stay there at least 4 days but might try to extend that because there is a lot of day trips we can do from there as well.
I guess you will need to come back to see what happens, well if you want to.