Cathedral Spires Trail

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Cathedral Spires Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, SD that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and rock climbing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.6 miles 557 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

rock climbing

views

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Not too difficult. Some rocky areas to get over. Nice views!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views, I bit of a climb but I'd do it again! Some rocks and steep parts but doable. Amazing panoramic views of the spires once you get to the valley on top. ❤️

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

Great hike, mostly uphill going out. Great pictures when you reach the middle of the spires. Connects to little devils tower. I would consider this a moderate hike difficulty.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful trail in a beautiful state park, which also happens to be a bird-watcher's paradise. Trail is easy to follow. Parts are a bit steep but well-placed stones make a rough staircase that aids the climb. The scenery along the way and at the top is spectacular.

rock climbing
4 months ago

Fun hike with the kids. Short but lots of fun climbing. Absolutely breathtaking formations.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful short trail with close parking, a must do

hiking
6 months ago

I very much enjoyed the hike. A lot of great spots for photography, for those of you Gurus. Would recommend for Beginners, or people who are getting back into hiking.

Must Do!

hiking
6 months ago

one of the best hikes in the black hills. must do!

1 year ago

Absolutely beautiful. We hiked it with 6 kids all under 10 years old and it was still awesome. The spires are just awesome.

1 year ago

Very fun. Lots of climbing.

geocaching
1 year ago

Perfect day!

1 year ago

One of my very favorite trails!! Often just go up to have lunch among the rocks. Grandkids love it for the rock scrambling and climbing and its short enough to keep them going. Up close views if magnificent rocks.

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked this with my 14 yr old daughter & older husband and found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable hike for all of us. There were parts where we felt winded, but being from Florida the air is a bit thin to us. Great hike for vacationing.

2 years ago

Parience will get you to the top and among awesome rocks. Loved it.

hiking
3 years ago

We hiked the Cathedral Spires Trail (Trail #4) on the return trip from Harney Peak after reaching the peak via Trail #9. Trail #4 is slightly longer than Trail #9, but the difficulty of the two trails is about the same.

At first we thought that the trail was going to be a bust in terms of scenery, but we were soon pleasantly surprised. The trail provides views of Cathedral Spires. Trail #4A, which branches off of Trail #4, provides closer views of the spires, and there is another side trail with views of Little Devil's Tower. The scenery along Trail #4 is just as nice as it is along Trail #9, so it's definitely worth taking one trail to the peak and the other down from the peak if you have never been in the Harney Peak area before.

A number of the Ponderosa Pines along Trail #4 have been cut down due to Pine Bark Beetle infestation, so some areas of the trail are completely exposed to the sun. If you are hiking this trail in the summer, be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. Also, Trail #4 is a popular route to the summit, so start early to avoid crowds.

hiking
3 years ago

Very anticlimactic.

hiking
4 years ago

The is a good place to get out and stretch your legs when exploring The Needles Hwy. Very pretty!