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  • Snowshoe Hiking Along Iron Creek

Christmas came and went, we hosted family from near and far and had a great holiday weekend - mostly indoors. Sunday morning rolled around, the company took off, the weather was spectacular and my wife and I were getting stir-crazy. So, we layered up, grabbed the snowshoes and headed out into Spearfish Canyon for some exercise and fresh air.

We hit the Iron Creek parking area (located on Hwy 14A, about a mile and a half north of Savoy/Spearfish Canyon Lodge) at about 11 o'clock on Sunday morning. We were pleasantly surprised to find the parking lot empty and the trail all to ourselves. The Iron Creek trail simply follows the curves of Iron Creek and climbs gently uphill for about 3 miles until reaching Iron Creek Lake. We didn't go the whole way, but the couple of miles that we did snowshoe were fantastic!

The crisp white snow opposite the bright blue sky, separated by dark green ponderosa pines and soaring limestone cliffs. It was a great way to spend the morning. I was focused more on just enjoying the hike rather than taking stellar photos, but these few that I did end up with should give you a pretty good idea of what it was like. Enjoy.

The view just a few-hundred feet up from the trailhead, along Iron Creek.

Iron Creek trailhead is located on the west side of Hwy 14A, about 12 miles south of Spearfish and about 1.5 miles north of Savoy.

Iron Creek flows about 3 miles from Iron Creek Lake into Spearfish Creek.

All along Iron Creek, there are small pools with beautiful ice formations.

The drastic color differences of the snow, sky, shadows and vegetation along Iron Creek.

This friendly fellow greeted us as we snowshoed along Iron Creek.

About the Author

Joe is a resident of Spearfish, S.D. He grew up in the tall-corn state of Iowa, where he developed an early interest in all things outdoors. After high school he moved to Vermillion, S.D., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising.

During his college years, two things caught his attention: the beauty of western South Dakota’s Black Hills and a girl from those Black Hills. After graduating from college, Joe traveled across the country as a recruiter for the University of South Dakota. He saw the sights from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas and everywhere in between, but it was the Black Hills (and the girl) that kept drawing him back.

He and wife moved back to the Black Hills in 2008. He's an avid hiker, mountain biker and road cyclist whose future plans include trying to fit a pair of kayaks into the spare bedroom.

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