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3 days ago

great trail with wonderful views of the tower and surrounding countryside. If you go on a warm day take lots of water.

Nice 2 hour hike with varied terrain and views, met only one group, this during Sturgis week.

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

Short lollipop loop that gives an up-close look at the Badlands' rocks and plants. Trail is somewhat steep but very popular because it starts at an interstate rest area. I would avoid this trail if it has rained recently: Badlands dirt turns into sticky goop when you add water.

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.

Loved it!

Solid three and a half stars. Definitely go counter clockwise, as others have said, makes for an easier ascent. Very few people on this trail, and easy enough for my eleven year old, and fourteen year old to do without any complaining. The red hills and trail portion was pretty neat, and we got some nice pictures of both the devil's tower, and the valley.

Easy walk to take in views at Rushmore.

Good little hike around the tower away from the crowds on the paved trail.

Nice little walk around the tower. Easy for kids and folks with mobility issues. Ive been to the tower enough that it's lost it wow factor for me, but great walk for a first timer to the tower.

Excellent trail for people of all ages. Come early in the morning, 5am-7am if you want to avoid the crowds and have a better chance of seeing undisturbed wildlife. People start rolling in about 6:30. Great trail for kids!

A quick easy walk around this incredible monument. Went as the sun was going down and finished as a night hike. Very cool.

Very easy trail to hike. There are some slopes that are steep, but if you wear the proper shoes you’ll be just fine.

1 month ago

Loved this trail, winds through pretty forest & beautiful rock formations. Not difficult & some off-shoots to add distance. Plenty of shade & nice S Dakota breezes to keep it fun!!

Easy, paved, very accessible. Partially closed when I went, so I was unable to complete it.

1 month ago

Great views. Doable with polesfor us with sore knees!

1 month ago

Great trail, amazing views. Go counter clockwise. Steep descent, less strenuous ascent.

Great site. HIke is a simple walk to the base of the monuments.

Nice short trail With big views, wildflowers and ripe raspberries

1 month ago

Excellent trail. Varied terrain, great views of tower. Hike counter clockwise.

1 month ago

Great hike doable by most. Very scenic, unique.

1 month ago

Great views

This is a nicely maintained trail. I wish I could have seen all of it.

Knocked this one out on July 1st. Walked all the way around and then climbed the rocks in front to the spot you’re allowed to. It’s dangerous and strenuous to climb up there, but an excellent view is your reward.

1 month ago

Our family really enjoyed this trail. Just so many different environments on this trail to see and enjoy as you hike through. Well marked, no scrambling and you have a good view of the tower as you make your way. We only met about 8 people on this trail. The parking lot was packed, we waited behind almost 40 cars to get into the park, but most people just walk up to the tower, take a picture a leave. This trail was very peaceful and the people we met on the trail were very friendly and seemed to be enjoying the trail as much as we were.

Nice short hike with beautiful views. The colors are spectacular at this spot.

The view is definitely worth the extra walk!

Some closure to the trail which surprised us. Not our first trip to Rushmore so we were ok missing some of it. if you are standing at the viewing area and go to the south, the trail is concrete and will take you around to the closeups of the mountain with just a few stairs at the end. If initially you go towards the sculptures museum you'll climb about 200 boardwalk stairs to make it to the viewing areas. The pines along the trail are beautiful and you are so close you always have a view of the carving. if you have kids and need to wear them out, take the stairs :) they'll love it as well.

trail running
2 months ago

Busy but amazing views. It is very accessible and suitable for all abilities.

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