Sunday, July 17, 2011

Boulder Hill

A view from the top looking toward Harney Peak and the Needles
 Boulder Hill is a 5331 foot peak west of Rockerville between Highway 16 and Sheridan Lake Rd.

The trail is two miles round trip and will take between 20 and 30 minutes (not including time to take in the views!) to hike and is strenuous. The trail to Boulder Hill is rough and rocky and ascends 400 vertical feet until you get to the top of the peak where there is a foundation for an old fire watch tower. Once at the top, the peak offers 360° views of the Black Hills and Badlands.

To get to the trail head, drive west of Rapid City on either Highway 16 or Sheridan Lake Rd. From Highway 16, turn on Silver Mountain Rd and then turn onto Boulder Hill Rd and drive roughly a mile and a half to the trail head. From Sheridan Lake Rd, turn directly on Boulder Hill Rd and drive about three miles. The trail isn't marked very well but it looks like a rocky, dirt four wheeling trail that goes uphill to the east of Boulder Hill Rd. I have included a location link on Google Maps below…

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't much into hiking at the time I did this trail, but it was so worth it. The views are breathtaking, and it is pretty fun climbing over the rocks : ).