China Gulch Road

4.5/5 (5 reviews)
Hill City, South Dakota (Pennington County)
Last Updated: 05/16/2023

Trail Information


The beauty of the Black Hills National Forest is on display as you travel along China Gulch Road. The road begins in the China Gulch and ends as it proceeds through the more rugged and popular Nugget Gulch. This easy forested road displays an abundance of wildflowers and mature pine trees. Creek crossings are always a favorite feature for an off-pavement adventure and several can be found near the north end of this road.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (5)
Official Crew
Visited: 05/15/2023

The trail is open for the season!
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fairy easy trail. If you're in the area and in a high clearance vehicle the road is passable. It's a nice scenic bypass from Custer on the way to Sturgis
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/15/2021

Its time for this trail's seasonal closure. Please look forward to this trail as part of your adventure in 2022.
Visited: 10/03/2021

Loved taking the Subaru our today. Aspens were bright yellow and beautiful.
Official Crew
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/18/2020

Very hot conditions (near 100 degrees) made the trail dry and dusty. The only other vehicles we saw on the trail were a few side-by-sides. The north edge of the trail, as it goes through Nugget Gulch was the most enjoyable part of the trail. There were fields of wild flowers in full bloom from start to finish, very colorful.

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