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52 mi 83 km of trail 2 Recommended Routes

Gems 4 Gems Easy Trails 2 Trails Intermediate Trails 12 Trails Hard Trails 4 Trails

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Gems in Black Elk Wilderness - 4

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gem Favorite The walk to Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore

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

Little Devils Tower

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

Sylvan Lake

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

The Cathedral Spires

(7) Custer, SD

Recommended Routes in Black Elk Wilderness - 2

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Favorite A large storm blows into the park over Harney Peak.
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
Favorite Mount Rushmore from The Centennial Trail.
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

Trails in Black Elk Wilderness - 16

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3.0 mi 4.9 km #1Sunday Gulch Trail
Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult
Custer, SD 28 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #2Harney Peak #9 (South)
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 19 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #3Cathedral Spires Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 15 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #4Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD 10 
4.4 mi 7.1 km #5Harney Peak #9 (North)
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
6.1 mi 9.8 km #6Norbeck #3
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
Custer, SD
1.6 mi 2.6 km #7Willow Creek Rushmore Trail #5
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
Custer, SD
0.4 mi 0.6 km #8Little Devils Tower Trail
Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult
Custer, SD
2.4 mi 3.8 km #9Little Devils Tower Trail #4
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
6.2 mi 10.0 km #10Grizzly #7
Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult
Custer, SD
2.7 mi 4.4 km #11Horsethief Lake #14
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
10.3 mi 16.6 km #12Centennial On Hell #89-HC
Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult
Custer, SD
0.9 mi 1.4 km #13Mt. Rushmore Spur Trail
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
Custer, SD
1.9 mi 3.1 km #14Centennial Bypass #89B
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
Custer, SD
2.6 mi 4.2 km #15Willow Creek Trail #8
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD
3.8 mi 6.2 km #16Lost Cabin #2
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
Custer, SD

Photos of Black Elk Wilderness - 54

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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
Curious locals
Aug 5, 2019 near Custer, SD
The Cathedral Spires seen from the summit of Little Devils Tower
Dec 26, 2018 near Custer, SD
Heading back toward Sylvan Lake, enjoy gorgeous, quiet, moss-covered woodlands.
Mar 19, 2017 near Custer, SD
Some nice climbing on the rocks 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