Cathedral Spires Trail

 3 votes

0.9 Miles 1.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

426' 130 m

Ascent

-10' -3 m

Descent

6,644' 2,025 m

High

6,228' 1,898 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

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This trail tours the huge granite towers of the Cathedral Spires.

Russell Hobart

Overview

Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: While steep in sections, kids will love viewing the spires along this trail.
Dogs: Leashed

Description

From the parking lot, follow the obvious trail that heads north toward the Cathedral Spires. The first third of a mile gently heads uphill until you close in on the rock formations. Fight steep switchbacks for the next third until the trail turns east where you'll get a good look at the back of the spires.

A multitude of climber's trails weave their way in and out of the many spires and provide a great look at the strange geometry of the area and hours of discovery. The trail peters out at a series of connected spires called the Picket Fence.

Flora & Fauna

Some of the birds you might see here are the pinyon jay, gray jay, three-toed woodpecker, black-backed woodpecker, American dipper, and ruffed grouse. Introduced mountain goats can be found along with white-tail and mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk, and cougars.

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Aug 10, 2017
Renée Belisky
Jun 7, 2016
Chris McCloud
Beautiful evening hike.
Jun 7, 2016
Chris McCloud
Done while working at Wind Cave NP in southern Hills

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