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hiking
8 hours ago

Oct visit

Great hike! Went up #9 and down #4 in about 3 hours, including a LOT of stopping for pics and following tracks. #4 was pretty wet with the recent melt. If you are only doing one hike in the area, this would be it. If you don't want the full loop, go up #4, Cathedral Spires are a sight.

Took #9 up and #4 down. Went up two days ago. Beautiful hike just after a light snow and trail is well kept. Took my time exploring the little devils tower and cathedral spires on the way down, took about 4 hours in total. Saw a mountain lion 15 ft away about 3/4 of the way up #9, seemed like a nice guy though

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is probably amazing, but inaccessible after heavy rain! Fell a few times due to mud, so just be aware that if it is super muddy, you probably won't be able to hike it :( Will go back to see it when it is not muddy! :)

Did this Oct 9. 2-3" of snow. Was a nice hike but of course fogged in at the top. We followed tracks in the snow for more than a mile before we came upon a cougar near the trail split at the top. Was cool to see for the few seconds we saw it. Despite no view it was a very awesome hike. Snowed on us on the way back down.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy stroll around the base of Devil's Tower.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful views of the Tower and nearby valley. Pretty easy hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful views of the Tower. Very easy hike on a paved trail.

nature trips
15 days ago

Was snowing and the trail was muddy. Slogged through some running water in places.

Did this and Red Beds back-to-back. Highly recommend doing both for the incredibly different views of the tower and valley.

hiking
15 days ago

Really cool, but vastly different views of the tower and valley than the Tower Trail. If you have the time and energy, I highly recommend doing both trails.

This was a nice trail at the foothills of Mt Rushmore. Too bad half of the trail was closed for reno (closed until spring 2019). Grateful to have a ranger Dot take us on a quick guided tour of the trail to point out numerous facts about the mountain.

We hiked out on trail 4 and took the Spur out to the little devils tower. It was a great lookout Over the valley and over to the fire station. It was also a fun scramble to get up to it. The view from the fire station is spectacular except it was very windy. We hiked back to our car on trail nine. It gave a great perspective of how high up we were on the little devils tower. It was also nice to get a different view coming back to our car. Excellent hike.

Great experience! Lots of color at sunset

on Notch Trail

21 days ago

The view was beautiful. This national park just doesn’t rock my world so probably wouldn’t do it again.

hiking
21 days ago

My favorite hike in the Badlands. Great view from the top and a challenging ascent.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful. My second favorite hike in Badlands behind saddle pass. Be sure to hike to both vistas. Towards the end the trail forks and both are worth exploring.

hiking
21 days ago

Great views, fun terrain to hike.

Favorite hike I’ve done in the Black Hills, hands down.

23 days ago

Very unique trail. We went out after a rain and it was extremely slick. But once we got back to the start it was dry. Rain makes for a very different trail experience. The trail crossed in front of big horned sheep that were grazing on a cliff . We did the medicine loop out and the castle trail back. This clocked in at 11.1 miles. Definitely do this early as there is very little shade and you are in full sun and wind exposure. Other than the slipperyness because of the rain it’s not hard or technical - the only hard part about it is 11 miles round-trip.

This is a paved trail that goes around Devils Tower. It is very easy if you are in decent shape.

24 days ago

This was a fun, easy trail. The most surprising part was the amount of incline and decline on it. Nice views of Devils Tower but also of the surrounding area which is a very very nice as well. We tied this in with doing the devils tower trail and you can also tie this in with doing the trail that goes around the prairie dog area. I really liked the wild lavender that grows along the trail. This took about an hour to complete.

Great trail. We went up #9 and came down #3 to #4. We parked at Sylvan Lake which is part of Custer State Park. You must pay an entrance fee to park at Sylvan Lake as part of Custer State Park and the entrance fee is good for a week. The trails actually then leave Custer State Park and go into the Black Hills national forest where are you sign an entrance document on the trail. The trail is well maintained, dirt and rocks and not technical. The hardest part was probably going up the incline and the stairs at the end to reach the fire tower. The fire tower at the end was a lot of fun to explore - lots a little nooks and crannies. This clocked in at 7.6 miles and took us 3 1/2 hours. The scenery and views throughout were amazing. If you are in decent shape you will be fine on this

the top half was real grasslandy and windy and the bottom half was extremely badlandy

excellent contrast

loved the heck outta this trail, though it was chilly and rainy when i did it

walking
27 days ago

Devils Tower is GORGEOUS! Nice paved walk around the base. Decent amount of hills so be aware.

beautiful

27 days ago

Very cool we loved it! A bit crowded because it's so popular but a must in the area I think.

Easy trail with beautiful views, especially in the evening.

Nice level hike on the prairie (once the ascent up Saddle Pass is completed) with great views of the Badlands

hiking
28 days ago

Short but challenging trail, especially when muddy, as it had rained the day before. Great view at the top and good way to access Medicine Root Trail.

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