Little Spearfish Trailhead (Trail #80)


  • Overview

    A placeholder image

    The Little Spearfish Trail is a 6 mile loop that meanders through stands of ponderosa pine, quaking aspen, and paper birch. The nearby Spearfish Creek offers a year round home to the American Dipper. Dippers are small songbirds uniquely adapted to feeding underwater. The common name "dipper" comes from this bird's habit of bending its legs so its entire body moves up and down in a dipping motion Dippers can dive and propel themselves under the water with swimming motions of their wings. In shallow water, they walk along the bottom of streams by grasping stones with their elongated toes. Dippers feed almost exclusively under water on larval forms of aquatic insects including caddisfly, mayfly and stonefly nymphs.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

To access the Little Spearfish Trail from Spearfish, travel south on Highway 14A to Savoy, then west on FSR 222 for approximately 4.7 miles to the trailhead. The Little Spearfish Trail is maintained for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and, in winter, for cross-country skiing. No motorized use is allowed.  Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate.

Day Hiking

To access the Little Spearfish Trail from Spearfish, travel south on Highway 14A to Savoy, then west on FSR 222 for approximately 4.7 miles to the trailhead. The Little Spearfish Trail is maintained for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and, in winter, for cross-country skiing. No motorized use is allowed.  Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate.

Horse Riding

To access the Little Spearfish Trail from Spearfish, travel south on Highway 14A to Savoy, then west on FSR 222 for approximately 4.7 miles to the trailhead. The Little Spearfish Trail is maintained for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and, in winter, for cross-country skiing. No motorized use is allowed.  Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Featured Events

Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.3285126277

  Longitude : 
-103.989458082