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Trail

0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 426' 130 m
Descent: -10' -3 m
High: 6,644' 2,025 m
Low: 6,228' 1,898 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

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

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly While steep in sections, kids will love viewing the spires along this trail.

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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Oct 6, 2018
Jessica Callahan
2mi
Aug 7, 2018
Logan Hange
Jul 22, 2018
M S
Nice trail in the evening, golden hour light made it very special 2.1mi
May 24, 2018
Patrick Fish
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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  4.7 from 7 votes

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