Crow Peak is located in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota on land administered by Black Hills National Forest. Crow Peak is a prominent landmark in the north Black Hills west of Spearfish, and seen along Interstate 90 at the Wyoming-South Dakota state line. Crow Peak is an Eocene laccolith, like the more famous nearby Devils Tower. Ponderosa pine forest covers much of the mountain.
Crow Peak was originally known by native Americans as Paha Karitukateyapi. The translation is "the hill where the Crow were killed." It derives from a nearby battle between the Sioux and Crow Indian tribes wherein the Sioux were victorious. Today Crow Peak has a brewery named after it, and its likeness is featured on the beer label.
Crow Peak is a dayhike with a trail to the summit. From Hillsview Road in Spearfish, drive Higgins Gulch Road (gravel Forest Service Road 214) seven miles to a parking area at the trailhead (elevation 4200 ft). A 3.2 mile trail to the summit gains about 1500 feet. Allow about 4 hours round trip. Mountain biking is also popular on this trail.
Prominence: 920 feet.
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Rapid City|
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