Along the trail, a wooden bridge crosses Spearfish Creek...
Yellow leaves among the green... Need I say more?
Spearfish Falls at last; nice! The path leads fairly close to the falls...we could feel the spray thanks to the breeze. The other two falls in the canyon are Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls.
The trail to the falls is a loop; we crossed over the creek a 2nd time at this metal bridge on the way back to the car.
Further up the canyon road, we saw a couple people taking photos of something between the road and Spearfish Creek. Then I saw the hawk perched on a small, short sign. Holy cow! I told hubby to pull over, and jumped out of the car, all the while kicking myself for not having brought the 300mm lens, ARG! ARG! ARG! (Didn't need it for the Deadwood plan...but still I knew I should bring it "in case"...but did not)...I was able to get within 20-25 ft of the hawk to take photos, but the pics still came out unfocused, as I knew they would. Gotta have the 300 mm! I think this is a red-tailed hawk. Photo doesn't do it justice, he was gorgeous!