OverviewLists of John states that this summit has 310 feet prominence, and is ranked #222 in the Black Hills. The forest is part of the Black Hills National Forest.
Battle Mountain and Friendshuh Mountain to the northwest. When you hike there, you can reasonably assume you will likely have the mountain to yourself, unless you hike during a popular local hunting season.
Maverick Mountain is a ridge much like the rest of the summits in the Seven Sisters Range, that are gently sloped to the east-southeast, with the sharpest rises on the west and north sides. Brady Canyon sets the western boundary for Maverick Mountain. The Fall River flows along the northern edge of the mountain, making for some sharp drops into that canyon. Fall River Falls lies at the northeastern corner of the mountain, and then the river curves sharply to the south where it joins the Cheyenne River. On the eastern slopes, there are a number of flash flood gullies that reveal an interesting collection of rocks.
The mountain is the highpoint in the Romey Game Production Area in Fall River County. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks acquired this small 962-acre area several years ago. The area sees little use, except during state hunting seasons. A hunter from Hot Springs shot a 118-pound mountain lion on Maverick Mountain in 2011. But most of the game that is taken here is in the form of wild turkeys and deer.
You will head mostly north up the slope for a very short way before the trail will take a westerly bearing. In some places the road is quite well-defined, while other places it is very faint. A few locations have eroded quite a bit, making for a somewhat rough trail there. When you get near the summit, the road seems to pretty well fade away. But, you are then on a ridge of sorts, looking down at an old livestock pond. The ridge arcs around to the north and west of the pond area to the actual highpoint, which appears to have been taken over by a large tree. The hike to the summit is about 1 mile and you will gain about 600 feet in elevation.
Red TapeAs long as visitors abide by any current rules posted at the trailhead, there should be no problem. Overnight camping is not an option at this GPA. There is an overnight curfew for any kind of activities on the mountain. Campfires are not advisable either.
When to Climb
Maverick Mountain – Angostura Reservoir Area Weather Forecast & Conditions
Hunting seasons always warrant extra caution. Please wear plenty of bright orange if you choose to hike during one of these seasons. For more information on South Dakota hunting seasons, click on the link below:
South Dakota Hunting Seasons Information
MapsPerhaps the best maps for the area are the Black Hills South map by National Geographic and the official Black Hills National Forest map. Both are available for purchase at forest service offices and other locations in the Black Hills.
Camping & Lodging
Angostura Reservoir Campgrounds
Allen Ranch Campgrounds
Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Camping & Lodging
Cold Brook Lake Camping
The Black Hills National Forest allows back-country camping except where posted, however campfires are prohibited. You can access their camping regulations at this link:
Black Hills National Forest Back Country Camping Regulations & Information
Forest Service InformationHot Springs District Forest Service Office
1801 highway 18
Hot Springs, SD 57747