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11th Hour Gulch

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11th Hour Gulch is another great natural feature in Spearfish Canyon.  It is about 20 feet wide and it is just right off of Highway 14A (the small white area at the end of the gulch in the picture above is the highway).  If you don’t know where it is, you’ll drive right past it – as I have been doing for the last several years.

Where is 11th Hour Gulch?

It is located in Spearfish Canyon near mile marker 20.  This just across the road from kissing rocks.  Just a few hundred feet north of kissing rocks is a pullout.  Park there, cross the road and walk back in the same direction as the kissing rocks.  You’ll see the gulch before you get to the rocks.


What is it like?

The 11th Hour Gulch is so named because the walls are so tall it is said to only get one hour of sunlight per day.  There are lots of boulders to climb on and there are some ladders to help you climb up some of the bigger rocks.

Watch my video to see more pictures of the gulch and photos of nearby Community Caves.

Spearfish Canyon is just loaded with natural beauty.  Be sure to check out some of the other sites and hikes in the area:

What is your favorite thing to do in Spearfish Canyon?

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs.  Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

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  • Lee Schoenbeck July 11, 2013, 4:47 pm

    my wife and I love you site and are hiking a couple of these tomorrow – I write stories about thes for South Dakota magazine on-line we love to hike in the northern hills

    • Josh July 11, 2013, 9:05 pm

      Thanks Lee,
      I love to share my hiking experiences and there are some many great places to hike in the Black Hills.

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