Dalton Lake Trailhead, South Dakota Hiking Trails Info, Map & More

Dalton Lake Trailhead, South Dakota Hiking Trail Information

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Dalton Lake Trailhead

Dalton Lake Trailhead is a motorized and non-motorized trailhead for the Centennial Trail, a National Recreation Trail. The Centennial Trail is non-motorized trail north of the Dalton Lake Trailhead and both non-motorized and motorized for OHV use south of the trailhead. The Centennial Trail meanders 12.8 miles north to the Elk Creek Trailhead through Ponderosa Pine forests, across small seasonal streams, and up to vistas along the trail. As one travels south on the Centennial Trail, the trail climbs quickly yielding views of the surrounding forest valleys. It then wanders for approximately 6.1 miles to South Boxelder Trailhead, spending much of that time weaving along the rim rocks overlooking the Vanocker Canyon. Toilets are available at the Dalton Lake Campground.


Access the Dalton Lake Trailhead from Sturgis from Interstate 90 Exit 32. Turn south on Junction Avenue / Vanocker Canyon Road. After 0.5 miles the road becomes Vanocker Canyon Road / Meade County Highway 3C, continue south. Travel for 12.7 miles to the Dalton Lake Road. At the Dalton Lake Road turn east (left) for 4.1 miles past the Dalton Lake Campground, to the Dalton Lake Trailhead. Pass Dalton Lake and its campground. The trailhead is on the north (left) side of the road.. Follow the signs at the trailhead for either motorized or non-motorized use.

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