My absolute favorite hike near Rapid City!!! There's just something about this place that makes me feel like i've conquered the world. It's a pretty easy hike until you get to the boulders. The first time climbing Boulder Hill I had to carry my 4 year old, who got scared on the way up. If you don't have to carry a 4 year old, it's a pretty mild climb. This is one of those hikes that is totally and 100% worth the view.
I'm also a big fan of hammocking (my spell check is telling me that's not a word), and there are some perfect places to set up and just enjoy the endless view of the hills! As someone who dabbles in photography, I couldn't get enough of the photoshoot opportunities, luckily I had a friend with me who is an excellent model.
There are so many places here in the hills that can give you that great workout and hiking adventure as well as that awe inspiring view, but this one being so close to Rapid City puts it at the top of my list. I could leave work at 5 and be at the top of the hill for a great sunset, just can't beat that!