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6 days ago

Short but fun. Log ladder is more memorable than the view at the top.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike and not overly difficult. A little work involved but the value of the scenery well outweighs the work to get there.

Difficult trail especially toward the top, but very worth it. I did it twice in a month because the views from the top are so incredible. Would love to do this one again someday.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail that will challenge you a little. Can get a little steep in places but rails make it relatively easy to handle. Coming back up from the gulch is a bit of climb and will get the pulse rate up if you take it fast. Take your time though, the scenery is beautiful and worth some picture stops.

Pretty nice trail along a creek, then climbing up to a beautiful lookout.

Very cool trail. Towards the end you do have climb a t little. Keep an eye on the weather, bring something to stay warm.

Great trail with great views. Some areas require using your hands to climb up rocky areas.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail with incredible views. This is definitely the path less traveled. We made the mistake of taking after the tourists who just hiked around Sylvan lake. We did not wear our snow boots, ice spikes, or bring hiking poles. Big mistake if there is snow! The stairs coming out of the canyon were completely covered in 2-3 feet of ice! It was a challenge, luckily there are railings most of the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Always a peaceful beautiful trail. Beaver Dam is getting ginormous

snowshoeing
2 months ago

First outing on snowshoes. Custer received 6"- 8" of fresh snow overnight. Decided to take advantage of the untouched powder. First time for me to hike this trail, had a bit of snag trying to locate the trailhead. However, once on the trail, markers are very easy to see and follow. The Legion Lake fire burned through this area; but did so pretty quick, so most of the damage was just ground cover and some charring on the base of the trees. The blanket of snow knocked down some of the charred smell but was still noticeable. A couple bridges were in-accessible due to downed trees (could not tell if fire contributed to downed trees with the fresh blanket) but not a big deal to cross the creek. Televators on the gear came in handy as some steep areas to climb. Very rocky even under decent snow, so several areas required the removal of the gear to avoid chewing up the spikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Took my son on this hike yesterday. Fun winter hike. Even with the single digit temps, blustery winds, and snow, the trail was nice. Ridge line was a little tenuous in spots due to the snow, but very manageable.

hiking
3 months ago

Best to do early in the day before it's too hot or crowded. Ladder is interesting (coming down is more difficult than going up). Views are gorgeous.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing trail. Did it get n November so a little slick in spots, but overall top notch

We hiked in Nov and there was very little snow. The trail was often rocky with elevation gain but it was enjoyable. The views of the Needles, Stockade Lake and Crazy Horse were cool. There had been lots of tree cutting and down timber, so the trail didn’t follow the map. Could use some maintenance.

hiking
5 months ago

went counter clockwise. most of the trail is in woods, crossing creeks and only one outlook. pretty but kind of ho hum after awhile. good workout

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! A steep but unchallenging ascent then some gorgeous views on the ridge line, before a gentle descent and amble along the stream bed. Great for dogs, took less than two hours at a moderate pace. Ideal for a late fall day - light snowfall did not diminish our enjoyment, nor obscure the well-marked path.

hiking
5 months ago

Lovely trail - views, forest, streams and took us under two hours walking in light snow. Wasn’t great for the dog however - lots of difficult, slippery rock-hopping, aided by (much-needed) handrails.

hiking
5 months ago

I'll try this again. I actually got lost couldn't find the marking. When I did I tried to climb up but realized it's pretty steep and the gravel wasn't too good. I'll try again in the future

hiking
5 months ago

Probably one of my favorite trails in Badlands. It's not too difficult except the beginning. For those who are terrified of heights, be warned! There is a wooden ladder you have to go up on to finish this trail. Not too far from the beginning of the trail. It's worth it and overall a great view of rocks, wildlife, and structure. Great overlook as well

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is short and simple. Anyone can do it. Wouldn't really do it again because nothing too impressive compared to the other trails

hiking
5 months ago

Spectacular views, very steep section of trail climbing over boulders. Saw a family of 4 mountain goats near the trailhead on the way back!

Easy, road-width trail. Good for all ages and abilities. Slight hills to get to the lookout. The scenery at the lookout is amazing. The information about the first balloon flights is fenced in but quite interesting to read.

on Prairie Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Alternates between open grassland and pine or oak wooded areas with a couple of stream crossings. Gorgeous views. Encountered a herd of bison about half way but was able to skirt around them at a safe distance. Note: the park rates this as a moderate trail and I would agree since the inclines are fairly steep and long - just didn’t feel like an ‘easy’ trail.

What a beautiful hike to Little Devils Tower and back 3.8 miles. Temp was about 64 and pure blue skies and sun. It was so awesome when we got to the top to see the 360 degree views. You’ll be climbing and scrambling on large boulders. Breathtaking.

Very pretty hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Numerous beautiful terrains. It was a great hike to take in the scenery. It'll work your legs, so be prepared!

hiking
6 months ago

We took our two dogs clockwise on the trail, moderate difficulty as described was accurately so....until we approached the base of the staircase. It was HARD. We physically had to lift/ assist our 50 and 60 lb dogs across the rough boulders, ice, and freezing water that lay at our feet. If it was just us- no problem- but you WILL have to carry your dog at some point, also- felt more like 8 miles. One of the more technical trails to traverse with a dog.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy walk on a road no longer used. Great view at the end. I remember years age being able to drive back there on that road. make sure you read about the history on the pillars in the fenced area. view at the end is spectacular.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is easy to moderate, climbing up and down rocks at times. Views of needles rock outcroppings. Good variety of scenery. The Needles Highway is closed in winter.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike - my nephew who was 5 at the time loved it for 3/4s of the hike and then said it got a little long toward end. I would say that parts of the trail could be considered hard, and allow more time for the trail than you would think.

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