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hiking
3 days ago

This hike was very enjoyable. There was a lot of varied foliage, which I found very interesting. We did the hike in late fall, which was perfect with the color changes to some of the trees. We saw a tarantula (almost stepped on it), so be careful. We also saw one of those fire moths? Can’t remember the name, but also supposedly very painful to get stung by. We saw deer all over. The trail was fairly easy to follow, be sure not to walk over the stone barriers that people have made. Devils hall was worth going all the way to the end of the canyon. I also found the wind interesting in this area. The ranger said that the winds and weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for wind.

nature trips
4 days ago

The trail to the top of the waterfall is hidden, look to your right!

This used to be called Harney Peak. We did it several times with children and my recollection is that there were many scenic vistas on the way up. Once on top, you know it. A great place to have lunch and enjoy the 360 view. The best hike in the Black Hills.

Awesome day hike. Pretty easy with amazing views. Plus my pup loved it. Can’t go wrong with this hike.

Stunning views. Love Custer....I visit as often as possible.

We hiked this trail in September w another couple and we thought it was great! Not as much water as we were expecting once we got to the actual "bathtub," but we plan on going back in the spring/summertime.

Did this hike a few months back w our 2 pups and we all loved it. Beautiful.

This was an easy trail. Most of the trail is through the woods. The end of the trails brings you to the canyon and then to the end at Shoshone Point. My husband and I thought this was a terrific beginner feeling/experience to Angel's Landing in Zion, as you make your way past the rock to the end of Shoshone Point. The views were magnificent and the trail was so quite! This is a must do!

One of favorite hikes. We took our extended family ages 9 to 63 and everyone had an amazing time.

Beautiful. We hiked it with a five year old.

hiking
14 days ago

Very pretty hike with great photo ops. We did this on 12/27 during the government shutdown; we had to park in a lot outside the visitor's center and walk up the easy (paved) .3 mile trail to the visitor's center, then to the campground to the trail head. It was VERY cold in the canyon--according to my phone, it was 10 degrees colder than by the visitor's center. I definitely could have used some extra layers.

We did this early on the morning of Thursday, January 3 to catch the sunrise. The trail is very simple, and short. The end is beyond the camping area and stretches into the canyon so you will have views of the canyon all around you.

We got there moments before the sun came over the horizon and stayed for the duration of the sunrise. It was called “The best kept secret in Grand Canyon” in this thread and I absolutely second that. We did 3 hikes on our stay and it was hands down the beat view of the canyon we got. And NO ONE was there.

Do yourself a favor and wake up a little early to get out there, it’s worth it. I also imagine it’s a great place for a sunset as well.

not a hike but a lovely, picturesque walk

Had to park outside the gate due to government shutdown. The wash was a bit snowy/icy due to storm. Be on the lookout for cairns in the wash out as it can sometimes be a bit hard to follow. It was a beautiful hike, although very windy. I did it in trailrunners with no problems on the snow/ice.

Hiked trail 9 from the Sylvan Lake parking lot New Year’s Eve night, we were the first to Summit Black Elk Peak in 2019!! Had a blast! Snow was really deep in some areas along the trail. Always love this hike and the view! Cheers to 2019!

Probably one of the most phenomenal views in the entire US.

I did this fantastic hike with my husband and two young children who were 2 and 3 at the time. We carried them with our Boba carriers the majority of the way. They were both able to hike for portions of this adventure, but they liked getting to hitch a ride as well (they napped in the carriers on the way down). The hike is a lot longer than it seems. On our way back we were asked by many people if they were close and I wouldn't tell them because I didn't want to discourage anyone, but they were only 1/4 or 1/2 way to the peak. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks, keep a steady pace, take breaks, and you will have no problem. The view at the top is spectacular! You feel like you are on top of the world and you kind of are. At 7242 feet, Black Elk Peak is the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Awesome!

We hiked this trail while on a hiking vacation trip around South Dakota. Was unaware of the All Trails App until we met a couple using the app on their way in as we were heading out to our car.
The trail was well marked and easy to follow and was truly beautiful with snow on the ground and falling as we were hiking.

Really helps us a lot to stay on the trail.

walking
23 days ago

Awesomely full falls! A couple options for viewing, Enjoy!

This was a beautiful hike. We did this hike on a Saturday in late summer. We started out early in the morning planning to take our time. We only met one other couple and a couple on horses. The overlook views were amazing and we enjoyed our lunch on a rock outcropping with a view for miles. We were also testing our overnight backpacks so our loads made the trail a little more strenuous but we made it to the top only to be met by the large numbers of people hiking up to Black Elk from the other side. The trail is well marked and easy to follow with many scenic views for photos. Some of the steps are pretty high towards the top and with my backpack load I was wishing I had done more lunges at the gym lol but the 360° view from the top was worth it all! The trip down was just as unpopulated but we could see an unforcasted storm moving in, with about an hour left to our car we were in the middle of a lighting storm. We debated about stopping to put rain gear on or staying out of the path of lightening but it was mostly a sky storm with only a few big drops here and there. Just as we were loading the car the sky unloaded. I'm not sure we will hike this trail again as we are from out of state and there are so many areas of South Dakota we want to explore but I'm glad we did this trail it only made us fall in love with The Black Hills even more.

rock climbing
1 month ago

loved it! nice scramble but ify with snow/ice and mud... would recommend another person to go with or better weather

Couldn’t finish. I had decent hiking sandals on, but they were no match for the loose terrain. I perched myself as high as I could get on the trail and took in the amazing views.

hiked it on August 3rd, 2018. Was beautiful. I recommend hiking to the fire tower then to little devil's tower trail where you can see the fire tower

1 month ago

Not a hike but a very pretty view. Great place for someone who wants to see a beautiful waterfall but has mobility concerns.

The falls area beautiful, not a lot of water flowing on the day we went. Would enjoy seeing it again when the flow is higher.

Great for sunset

Great, short hike with memorable views. The google map directions took us straight to parking lot. No bathroom at parking lot, but there is at the picnic grounds at end of trail. As mentioned, most of the hike is through a beautiful forested area. The path is fairly even and flat. If you have small or rowdy children with you, you may want to skip the end of the hike and just enjoy the view from picnic grounds. The last bit of the trail is a mini version of Angel’s Landing in Zions NP. There aren’t any chains required along the trail and no crowds to compete with for footing, but there were steep drop offs on both sides. With that being said, our 4 kids (12,9,6 &3) though a little nervous, wanted to say they’d done it.

Lovely walk through the trees on a well-worn path to stunning views of the canyon. Be sure to follow the app, as the trail isn’t listed on the maps given out at the Grand Canyon lodges. This makes it less crowded and a great find!

Ran the trail on 10/31, beautiful day about 40F, didn’t see anyone and the lake store was closed for the season. Went up #9 and down on #4. #9 is better with first scenic lookout at 1 mile mark. Don’t see much until all the way up. The view was wide open and the tower was neat. Very windy and probably 10 degree colder than the starting point. Finish in 2 hours by running, not the best for running since the path was unpathed and rocky, very easy to get ankle injury.

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