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A short loop with views of the Black Hills from the Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower.


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0.7

Miles

1.2

KM

Lollipop

5,682' 1,732 m

High

5,527' 1,684 m

Low

156' 47 m

Up

156' 47 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

This gradually sloping trail leads to the stone tower on top of Mount Roosevelt. It is located just outside of Deadwood, SD—a perfect stop for any trip to this part of the Black Hills.

Description

The drive is well-signed once you exit U.S. 85 at the turnoff for The Lodge at Deadwood. Access the trail from the unpaved but well-graded Mt. Roosevelt Road. Parking is free, and there is a pit toilet and picnic area.

The trail forms a lollipop loop that you can hike in either direction. On two parts of the loop, there are treeless rocky expanses that provide decent views of the Black Hills with signs pointing out the names of geologic features.

At the top of the mountain, you'll find the historic Friendship Tower, a monument built for President Theodore Roosevelt that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to a restoration project in 2010, you can climb to the top of this tower for views above the trees. It's a quick and easy hike that provides something else to do when visiting Deadwood.

History & Background

Seth Bullock, Deadwood's first sheriff, constructed a stone tower as a monument in honor of his friend President Theodore Roosevelt. The Society of Black Hills Pioneers provided funding for the tower, which was dedicated on July 4, 1919. Interpretive signs at the trailhead explain this history in better detail.

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Ricky Holzer

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The historic tower commemorating the friendship of Seth Bullock and President Theodore Roosevelt on the top of Mount Roosevelt
Dec 26, 2018 near Deadwood, SD

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Nov 9, 2023
Marie Scott
Great little hike, first part is a steep climb but the views are worth it! 0.8mi — 0h 33m
Apr 27, 2022
Matthew Nienow
Some remaining snow, but should be gone soon
Aug 5, 2020
Cindy and Ralph Treece
Great views on a clear day! 1mi — 0h 30m
Sep 19, 2018
Ricky Holzer
Fog ruined the views, but the tower and history was cool 1mi — 0h 30m
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