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blueBlack Horsethief Lake Loop

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11.1 mile 17.9 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,672' 510 m
Descent: -1,672' -510 m
High: 5,665' 1,727 m
Low: 4,877' 1,486 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)

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Trail shared by Greg Sage

11-mile loop of varied terrain, and you get to see parts of the Black Hills that most tourists don't.

Greg Sage

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked

Overview

This is an 11-mile loop with the option to add an "out-and-back" to Mt. Rushmore via the Mt. Rushmore Spur Trail. It takes you into the heart of the Black Elk Wilderness Area, where camping opportunities abound.

Description

This is a singletrack trail and is generally in good condition, although sections of Centennial On Hell #89-HC are heavily damaged by horse traffic and wet conditions.

This trail offers amazing views of the Black Hills most people don't see, because they won't get away from the tourist traps.

This is a long hike, so bring water (and lunch) and spend the day. Or, bring a tent and spend the night.

You'll travel on the following trails:
Horsethief Lake #14
Grizzly #7
Centennial On Hell #89-HC

Trail junctions are clearly marked, but the trail is not, so having a map and being able to read it helps greatly.

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