Getting ThereTo get to Chadron State Park, travel south of Chadron on Highway 385 about 8 miles, to Chadron State Park. It would probably help if you stopped at the state park headquarters and asked for a park trail map (free), plus any other questions you might have about trails, camping, or other facilities.
The trail will follow the course of a dry creek bed, which will become a walled canyon as you go upstream. You will pass a trail crossing as you go up the canyon. The trail on the left comes in from the other trailhead, located near the Pine Cone Butte Shelter. The trail on the right is the return portion of the loop you will be going on.
Continue up the canyon and enjoy the cool air and solitude. Eventually, you will come to a trail branch that will take you up the left side of the canyon wall. That trail will soon come out to an area that sometimes confuses hikers because the pathway spreads out and is lost in a meadow. But, by continuing on a south-southwest direction, you will come to a dirt road that will require you to walk north-northwest about 1.3 miles to the Black Hills Overlook point. There, you will pick up the narrow trail along the ridge top for about a mile. When you get to the junction of the Outrider Trail, go right back into the state park. The trail will take you back down into the canyon and eventually to the parking area.
Essential GearUnless you go during the winter, when your selection of gear would be dictated by how much snow was on the ground and how cold it was, you will need only what you would normally take on a 2 to 3 hour hike.
Suggestions would include water, appropriate shoes or boots, hat, hiking pole, sunscreen, tick repellent in the spring and early summer, compass, map, rain gear if the forecast is questionable, and a camera.
Resource LinksFor more information, check out Chadron State Park's website at:
Chadron State Park
You may reach the park headquarters at: (308) 432-6167
You can download a state park map from the Chadron Wellness website at: