Another hiking day……………………

Our first foray went so well that we headed out on Wednesday towards the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway (Spearfish, SD). The canyon has so many trails it would take us years to explore all of them but there’s one that we hiked a bit last fall and wanted to return to and go a bit further. This trail still had the effects of the record setting snowfall that occurred last October (dumping 4’+ of heavy wet white stuff on a very green leafed out landscape resulting in tree devastation that made our hiking a bit of a mountain goat experience). The Mickelson Trail had been cleared, this one had not.Black Hills 001

Many of the pines were found to be in the above configuration and the birch, and other deciduous varieties, were totally snapped off.Black Hills 002

The week prior to our arriving, the area had experienced a significant snow that remained in the higher elevations of the hills. And, yes, we were there!Black Hills 005Black Hills 006 Black Hills 007 Black Hills 009

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Yes, I did find some wild pussy-willows amidst the winter leftovers…….the hope of spring!!!

We managed about 4&1/2 miles on that trail. Not too shabby. Again, the weather was just what was needed: like the previous hike, overcast, lower 50’s, drizzly.

Lest I forget, along the pathway we left a couple of “cairns” to mark our passing. Wha-a-a-at!? Yes, “cairns”. These are small rock towers, carefully constructed/balanced, that will be left along the trail, joining others left by previous hikers. Wikepedia offers a very in-depth explanation.Black Hills 014

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Before starting this hike, we had consumed another incredible breakfast at Cheyenne Crossing (some miles further up the canyon). My post, here, details an earlier visit and the photos would have been identical!!!!!! Yum! Hot Indian fry-bread with melty cream cheese frosting!

Next we headed to another overlook that provided a breathtaking panorama of the hills.Black Hills 017

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Looking down…………………………………………Black Hills 023

And looking out and around……………………………….Black Hills 021Black Hills 020Black Hills 022

It seems that this monument became a financial burden and was gifted to the National Park system, which has done little to maintain it.

We’re eagerly anticipating a Fall return to the area and exploring the Black Hills’ trail system further.

‘Click’ on any of the photos to enlarge.


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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16 Responses to Another hiking day……………………

  1. Sartenada says:

    Excellent hiking report with lovely photos. I love it. Well, bowed birches are due to heavy snow load. It is my guess, because it is the reason in Finland.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Ahhhhh……so trees in Finland are the same! Normally the problem isn’t as major. The snows came in October of last year when all the trees were fully leafed out and the amount of snow was 3 to 4 FEET in a very short period of time. Thousands of head of cattle died. Very sad. So glad you could visit!!! Hugs……………..

  2. Thread crazy says:

    Another hike and beautiful pics; I would hope as the spring progresses, most of those pines and birches that haven’t snapped, will somehow bend upright again. Mother nature has a wonderful way sometimes to heal herself! Loved that tower; yes, I do remember the Indian fry-bread. Yummy!

  3. witchylin says:

    What a lovely area. It is such a pity the heavy snowfall damaged the trees. Nature can be cruel, even to herself. The views from the Roosevelt tower are lovely. Snow pictures in June!!!!!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Yes, all! Snowballs at this time certainly isn’t normally on my ‘radar’!!! But not really unusual at the elevations we were at. There were many hilltops that were white!

  4. Jackie says:

    Looks like another lovely hike, the weather sound perfect, and the snow….oh I would have loved that!!!

  5. Beautiful, except for the snow and bent trees.

    The artist in you just couldn’t resist leaving her mark…

  6. Rosemary B says:

    Rosemary B here
    WOW this looks like a beautiful and speckle-tacular adventure!
    Love the photos you shared.
    Making the Cairns is very cool.
    Thank you for sharing your great walking adventure with me 🙂

  7. Makes me want to go… Thanks for sharing your trip.

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