American History, Alive in Stone... Mount Rushmore National Memorial is visited by nearly three million people each year that come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and learn about the birth, growth, development and preservation of the country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share. October 1 - March 19 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. March 20 - September 30 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Very nice trail, but I would consider this a walk through the woods instead of a hike. Trail #14 (horsethief) merges with centennial trail #89 shortly into the trail trek, so there is a variety of directions for a person to explore. All in all this trail is still a beautiful place to explore with streams, rock formations and birch trees around every corner!

You hike next a stream so thats pretty cool. Hard to know where the turnaround spot is. The loop is no longer there

Short but sweet!

3 months ago

Easy walk and lots of different perspectives of the mountain. You have to see it at least once!!!

hiking
3 months ago

A nice short distant trail with some great rock formations and views. This trail had lots of traffic during the summer month of June when I visited. Beautiful area.

Great views of the presidents all along this trail. Expect lots of people whenever you visit this popular area. Nice easy trail.

Easy trail, lots of shade, lots of people, good views

Paved trail with great close-ups of the mountain. Very easy and family friendly. Kind of a must-see if you are visiting Rushmore.

For our first moderate trail, it was great. Loved the stream alongside the trail and rock formations. Challenging for both my kids and myself.

scenic driving
4 months ago

If for any other reason than to be up close, you need to take this trail. Very easy walk and like others have written, you just might see a mountain goat. I can think of no other place that I have ever seen one besides Yellowstone from afar. The enormity of the project is realized from this trail and there are some key places for pictures underneath.

Fun hike to see Mt. Rushmore close up. We saw mountain goats on our hike too.

Great trail. Took all three of my boys ages 9,4,and 2. Kids had a great time, there were a few spots that were interesting with a 2 year old, but the kids, wife, and I all had a blast. We also took our two dogs. The hike is an easy steady grade with quite a few level spots on the way to the top.

Enjoyed the walk

backpacking
5 months ago

Be prepared to crawl under and climb over a hundred trees while making slow progress.
Bringing plenty of water and bug spray will make sure that you enjoy this trail and the adjoining ones to the fullest.
Be weary of the potential for falling trees, and keep a keen eye on the trail as there are no markers except for at intersections and there are points where the path almost fades away entirely. Combine that with frequently having to maneuver around obstacles in the path makes losing the trail extremely easy.
Otherwise the Black Elk Wilderness is an amazing opportunity to get away from the more frequently accessed areas in the summer. With the exception of the frequent helicopter tours overhead, you really spend a lot of time alone.

Lots of stairs on the north side of the loop. Great for different views of the presidents.

hiking
6 months ago

What a great walk, quite a bit of stairs. Well worth the time to go around.