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fun fun fun, for little kids also safe

I would rate this more on the difficult side due to the steep ascent and decent on slippery rocks. Also, we made a wrong turn early over the water

Started the detour off the Black Elk - Hainey Peak trail. Thunder in the low dark clouds above my head made me turn back before the summit. Definitely worth the trip.

on Cathedral Spires Trail

6 days ago

So beautiful!! Even the drive to get there is worth it.

The views of the needles were stunning on this hike. Wildflowers, stream crossing and spots to climb rocks on your way up a moderate hike. Lined with wild raspberries, it made it easy to stop and take a look around you. When you get to the trail signs, you are surrounded by granite needles. Meandering is highly recommended.

Great trail and amazing views, particularly atop Little Devil.

Beautiful Scenery!

hiking
10 days ago

Very short trail. I hiked it together with Notch trail.

hiking
10 days ago

Just a study of the fossil and geologic age. Not a scenic trail. Good for kids to learn.

hiking
10 days ago

A interesting hike, although it's not for seeing badlands. It's so dry in the trail. I thought I was in another planet.

hiking
10 days ago

A nice hike there. The field in the end of the trail is great. Another thing impressed me is the ladder in the trail. It's exciting and funny.

Majestic view of the Presidents. Easy and paved with a few stairs and wooden decking. Unfortunately at time of my visit part of the loop was under renovations. August 8, 2018

This trail takes a little effort, but is not overly difficult. The views are amazing and there are plenty of opportunities for rock scrambling. Parking is somewhat limited, so the trail does not get overly busy.

hiking
13 days ago

One of my favorite views! the Badlands is my favorite place to be and this is one of those hikes with great views and though it's moderate it's well worth the hike! Make sure to have lots of water with you too, as it can get extremely warm even in the shade.

hiking
14 days ago

Great drive, love the canyon and the waterfalls in the area are well worth the small hikes to see them.

on Lake Sylvan Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Love this lake, very easy trail. When visiting Custer state park, we always stop and walk the lake

Awesome fun trail! Easy!

Loved the views!!!!!

hiking
16 days ago

Fun trail! I really like the ladder!

Trails were a little muddy which was the only trouble I seen while hiking. Would highly recommend hiking this trail some very spectacular views.

17 days ago

Short fun hike with a bit of everything that the Badlands has to offer, except prairie.

It’s a simple trail at Mt. Rushmore, more of a walking path to see different angles of the faces. Very busy but still really cool to see.

Great trail. Hiked with wife and four sons (15, 14, 11, and 8). Kids loved the rock scrambles. Views were amazing the whole way up and down. Seemed longer than 1.6. Sign there says 2.2 round trip. Would have been 5 stars but trailhead was jammed, limited parking. Hiked today, a Tuesday in July.

hiking
21 days ago

Fun trail! I had a really good time on this short hike, but it had an amazing view at the end which made it a must!

Nice trail, pretty heavily trafficked though. Great views from the top!

Beautiful scenery, not quite as crowded as Black Elk Peak. Would definitely go again.

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful Scenery. Not too crowded when we were there in late May. 5, 7, & 9 year olds did great. Our 5 year old never once asked for shoulders and would stop, look around and exclaim, "Mama, it's beautiful!" Highly recommend. And the scenic drive along the Needles Hwy to the trail head is excellent as well!

Easy walk to take in views at Rushmore.

This is a very beautiful area and the trail is fairly easy (but not suited for baby strollers). The lake, the waterfall, and the rocks make it interesting. A very cool place!

I loved this trail! Super easy, but still fun. A breeze to follow the trail markers. Older kids would like this a lot. Good views at the end.

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