Flume Trail

#2 of 32 trails in black hills national forest
Flume Trail is a 3.5 mile out and back trail located near Rapid City, SD that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.5 miles 426 feet Out & Back
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Section 1 6.6 miles Loop A 2.7 miles
Section 2 0.6 miles Loop B 3.8 miles
Section 3 3.8 miles Overlook 0.9 miles

The historic Flume Trail takes you back in time to the mining boom of the 1880s. The Rockerville Flume carried water 20 miles, from Spring Creek west of present day Sheridan Lake, east to the placer diggings near Rockerville. The flume operated until 1885, and enabled miners to take over $20 million in gold. The trail follows the actual flume bed for much of its length. Along the way you'll see historic artifacts and parts of the flume itself.

Ashley Polston

29 Completed7 Reviews

Haven't hiked this trail in a LONG time, but LOVED hiking this trail as a child. So many great views/tunnels/exciting things to see. (:

Robin M.

Really fun hike with the tunnels and lake. We finally got at the end and sadly lost the trail. But the serenity and tranquil last part really made the
Day. A fun hike allow 5 hours and enjoy!

Amanda Mullen

1 Completed1 Reviews

Very pretty trail, slightly hard to navigate with many signs down, but the tunnels were really cool and the lake was beautiful. Not a very difficult hike, but many trails to spend an entire day exploring.

Jacob Mader

10 Completed7 Reviews

Nice flat trail for beginning, relaxing overnight backpacking. But can be accomplished in a day if you rush it. Dog friendly. Named after a Bon iver song(lol). Also no horses which is kind of nice. Nice and close to town too.

Matt Davalos

7 Completed2 Reviews

This trail is very flat and has very little incline. You could easily do parts of it after work, in the evenings or if you just want to get a nice sampling of what views, hiking in the black hills has to offer. This trail is dog friendly as well.

John Mcfarling

1 Completed3 Reviews

Flume Trail physical loacation does not agree with my Garmin's maps. The Flume and the history posted at the Flume are not even near where the Garmin shows it.

John Mcfarling

1 Completed3 Reviews

From Sheridan lake south, 3 miles is awesome. Though the Long Tunnel and the Short tunnel; and over the moutain at the Long Tunnel (optional route). Great little hike but did not tackle the whole trail, maybe next year with a longer vacation.