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Gems in Black Hills National Forest - 5

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gem Favorite The Five Faces of Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

(13) Custer, SD
gem Favorite The Cathedral Spires seen from the summit of Little Devils Tower

Little Devils Tower

(6) Custer, SD
gem Favorite Some nice climbing on the rocks around Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake

(11) Custer, SD
gem Favorite Spire 2 and the Khayyam Spire towering above the trail

The Cathedral Spires

(9) Custer, SD
gem Favorite A large storm blows into the park over Harney Peak.

Black Elk Peak

(3) Custer, SD

Recommended Routes in Black Hills National Forest - 7

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Favorite A large storm blows into the park over Harney Peak.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Black Elk Peak Loop

7.9 mi 12.7 km 1,357' Up 413.68 m Up 1,357' Down 413.67 m Down

Custer, SD
Explore in 3D
Favorite Scree field on the west side.
Intermediate Intermediate

Crow Peak Trail (#64)

6.3 mi 10.2 km 1,521' Up 463.73 m Up 1,521' Down 463.64 m Down

North S…, SD
Explore in 3D
Favorite The historic tower commemorating the friendship of Seth Bullock and President Theodore Roosevelt on the top of Mount Roosevelt
Intermediate Intermediate

Mount Roosevelt Trail

0.7 mi 1.2 km 156' Up 47.43 m Up 156' Down 47.43 m Down

Deadwood, SD
Explore in 3D
Favorite A large storm blows into the park over Harney Peak.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Black Elk Peak Loop

15.7 mi 25.3 km 3,476' Up 1059.4 m Up 3,527' Down 1074.92 m Down

Custer, SD
Explore in 3D
Favorite Mount Rushmore from The Centennial Trail.
Difficult Difficult

Horsethief Lake Loop

11.1 mi 17.9 km 1,672' Up 509.77 m Up 1,672' Down 509.72 m Down

Custer, SD
Explore in 3D
Favorite View from the fire lookout on Custer Peak.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Custer Peak

8.3 mi 13.3 km 1,014' Up 309.07 m Up 1,014' Down 309.15 m Down

Deadwood, SD
Explore in 3D
Favorite Groomed trail on the B loop
Intermediate Intermediate

Big Hill Trail Outer Loop

11.9 mi 19.2 km 1,471' Up 448.47 m Up 1,471' Down 448.48 m Down

North S…, SD
Explore in 3D

Black Hills National Forest Hiking

  • 227 Miles 366 Kilometers of Trail
  • 7 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 5 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 29 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 9 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Black Hills National Forest - 36

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3.0 mi 4.9 km #1Sunday Gulch Trail
Difficult Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult Difficult
Custer, SD 39 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #2Cathedral Spires Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 25 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #3Harney Peak #9 (South)
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 21 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #4Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD 19 
0.4 mi 0.6 km #5Little Devils Tower Trail
Difficult Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult Difficult
Custer, SD
4.4 mi 7.1 km #6Harney Peak #9 (North)
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
6.1 mi 9.8 km #7Norbeck #3
Intermediate Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate Intermediate
Custer, SD
1.8 mi 2.9 km #8Willow Creek Rushmore Trail #5
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
2.4 mi 3.8 km #9Little Devils Tower Trail #4
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
5.6 mi 9.1 km #10Centennial Trail - Deer Creek TH to Rapid Creek TH
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Blackhawk, SD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Blackhawk, SD

Photos of Black Hills National Forest - 93

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Gorgeous views into the Black Elk Nature Area peek through the trees along the Harney Peak Loop.
Feb 20, 2017 near Custer, SD
A large storm blows into the park over Harney Peak.
Mar 19, 2017 near Custer, SD
Heading back toward Sylvan Lake, enjoy gorgeous, quiet, moss-covered woodlands.
Mar 19, 2017 near Custer, SD
The Cathedral Spires seen from the summit of Little Devils Tower
Dec 26, 2018 near Custer, SD
Curious locals
Aug 5, 2019 near Custer, SD
Sneaking up on Washington
Aug 5, 2019 near Colonia…, SD
Stump along Black Elk Loop
Jan 20, 2021 near Custer, SD
Beautiful view from the top looking toward Harney Peak.
Jun 28, 2021 near Custer, SD
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