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249 mi 401 km of trail 6 Featured Hikes

Gems 6 Gems Easy Trails 22 Trails Intermediate Trails 22 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails
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gem Favorite Boxwork can be seen on the cave ceiling.

Wind Cave Guided Tours

(13) Hot Spr…, SD
gem Favorite The walk to Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore

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

Sylvan Lake

(8) Custer, SD
gem Favorite View from the top

Little Devils Tower

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

The Cathedral Spires

(5) Custer, SD
gem Favorite A bison nibbles at roadside greenery near the prairie dog town.

Blacktail Prairie Dog Town

(5) Hot Spr…, SD

Featured Hikes in Custer - 6

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

Black Elk Peak Loop

7.9 mi 12.7 km • Loop • 1,357 ft Ascent 413.68 m Ascent

(36) Custer, SD
Favorite Looking Northeast across the canyon from the Hell Canyon Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Hell Canyon Trail

5.4 mi 8.7 km • Loop • 606 ft Ascent 184.71 m Ascent

(5) Custer, SD
Favorite Mount Rushmore from The Centennial Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Horsethief Lake Loop

11.1 mi 17.9 km • Loop • 1,672 ft Ascent 509.77 m Ascent

(1) Custer, SD
Favorite It gets a little rocky and steep.
Intermediate

Sanctuary/ Centennial/ Highland Creek Loop

11.2 mi 18.0 km • Loop • 839 ft Ascent 255.58 m Ascent

(2) Hot Spr…, SD
Favorite Pronghorn at Wind Cave NP.
Easy/Intermediate

Lookout Point Loop

4.9 mi 7.8 km • Loop • 429 ft Ascent 130.91 m Ascent

(6) Hot Spr…, SD
Favorite Nearing the end of the trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Boland Ridge Trail

5.3 mi 8.6 km • Loop • 632 ft Ascent 192.52 m Ascent

(2) Hot Spr…, SD

Trails in Custer - 38

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3.0 mi 4.9 km #1Sunday Gulch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
3.0 mi 4.9 km Custer, SD 22 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #2Harney Peak #9 (South)
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
3.3 mi 5.4 km Custer, SD 17 
4.4 mi 7.1 km #3Harney Peak #9 (North)
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
4.4 mi 7.1 km Custer, SD
0.9 mi 1.4 km #4Cathedral Spires Trail
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km Custer, SD 11 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #5Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD
Easy/Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.6 km Custer, SD
3.0 mi 4.9 km #6Lover's Leap Trail
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.9 km Custer, SD 14 
0.4 mi 0.6 km #7Little Devils Tower Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
0.4 mi 0.6 km Custer, SD
6.1 mi 9.8 km #8Norbeck #3
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
6.1 mi 9.8 km Custer, SD
1.6 mi 2.6 km #9Willow Creek Rushmore Trail #5
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD
Easy/Intermediate
1.6 mi 2.6 km Custer, SD
1.0 mi 1.6 km #10Rankin Ridge Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Hot Springs, SD
Easy/Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.6 km Hot Springs, SD
2.4 mi 3.8 km #11Little Devils Tower Trail #4
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
2.4 mi 3.8 km Custer, SD
8.7 mi 14.0 km #12Highland Creek Trail
Intermediate
Hot Springs, SD
Intermediate
8.7 mi 14.0 km Hot Springs, SD
6.2 mi 10.0 km #13Grizzly #7
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
6.2 mi 10.0 km Custer, SD
6.8 mi 11.0 km #14Centennial Trail - Brush Creek TH to Dakota Point TH Access
Intermediate
Colonial Pine Hills, SD
Intermediate
6.8 mi 11.0 km Colonial Pine Hills, SD
1.5 mi 2.5 km #15Cold Brook Canyon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Hot Springs, SD
Easy/Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.5 km Hot Springs, SD
113.3 mi 182.3 km #16Mickelson Trail
Easy
Deadwood, SD
Easy
113.3 mi 182.3 km Deadwood, SD
15.0 mi 24.1 km #17Victoria Lake Loop 15
Intermediate/Difficult
Colonial Pine Hills, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
15.0 mi 24.1 km Colonial Pine Hills, SD
10.2 mi 16.4 km #18Storm Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Colonial Pine Hills, SD
Intermediate
10.2 mi 16.4 km Colonial Pine Hills, SD
3.6 mi 5.8 km #19Sanctuary Trail
Easy
Hot Springs, SD
Easy
3.6 mi 5.8 km Hot Springs, SD
2.7 mi 4.4 km #20Horsethief Lake #14
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
2.7 mi 4.4 km Custer, SD

Photos of Custer - 85

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Bisons in Black Hills National Forest
Sep 27, 2017 near Hot Spr…, SD
A large storm blows into the park over Harney Peak.
Mar 19, 2017 near Custer, SD
Gorgeous views into the Black Elk Nature Area peek through the trees along the Harney Peak Loop.
Feb 20, 2017 near Custer, SD
Some nice climbing on the rocks around Sylvan Lake.
Nov 11, 2015 near Custer, SD
Making our way around Sylvan Lake
Nov 11, 2015 near Custer, SD
Panorama of Sylvan lake. One of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. If you are near Mount Rushmore take the time to drive up here and check it out. There is a nice trail that goes around the lake.
Nov 11, 2015 near Custer, SD
One of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. About a 45 minute drive from Mount Rushmore, Lake Sylvan.
Nov 11, 2015 near Custer, SD
Sneaking up on Washington
Aug 5, 2019 near Colonia…, SD

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