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    John McNamara reviewed Lookout Point - Centennial Trail Loop

    about 4 years ago

    This is an easy to moderate trail. It combines the Lookout Point trail (number 4 in the Wind Cave National Park) with the last part of South Dakota's Centennial Trail to form a loop. The trail is easy if you travel counter clockwise -- starting on the Lookout trail. A little over 2 miles in you will descend into a series of small valleys. This is a steep descent going counter clockwise, but a steep ascent going clockwise. The Lookout trail takes you across a stretch of prairie, including through a dozen or so prairie dog communities. There is also evidence of bison activity. If you hike in the early evening, you could run into elk coming down from the hills into the valleys about halfway into the hike. We did not see any elk, but we came across a resting bison and a bison carcass. Just after the Lookout and Centennial trails meet, look for the cave on the left where much of a stream ends up. Also. the trail ends on a short but steep incline. Be alert; while the trail is marked some parts have grown over and/or gotten mixed up with elk and bison trails.

    John McNamara reviewed Fairy Falls Trail

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara completed Fairy Falls Trail

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara completed Mount Washburn Spur Trail

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara reviewed Mount Washburn Spur Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Well worth the four hours or so. The trail is wide and level. The inclines are not that steep. Bring a jacket or plan on eating in the lookout tower. The winds at the top can be fierce. On our trip we were joined by three mountain goats near the top. They just climbed up from a cliff and wandered past. We also watched two red foxes hunt for squirrels and marmots.

    John McNamara reviewed Two Ocean Lake Trail

    about 4 years ago

    We completed the loop and the Grand View Point spur. The trip up to Grand View gains about 800 or 1,000 feet in 1.1 miles. The trip around the lake is very moderate at best, however we were besieged by biting flies almost the entire route. They seemed to laugh off the bug spray. This is an enjoyable change of pace trail. Go early or late in afternoon for wildlife.

    John McNamara completed Two Ocean Lake Trail

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara reviewed Cascade Canyon Trail

    about 4 years ago

    We hiked to the Forks and back in about 6 hours. This can be a tough trail, particularly the climb at the beginning and end. The views are tremendous and varied. We met the "famous" gray fox of the canyon. He just came loping down the trail, went around us and kept going. Get past Inspiration Point and do at least part of the canyon. And be patient with us slow hikers, we are taking in the scenery.

    John McNamara completed Cascade Canyon Trail

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara completed Grandfather Mountain Trail

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara completed Cone Manor to Bass Lake Trail

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara completed Chalet/Desoto/Lost Falls

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara completed Middle Prong Trail

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara completed Abrams Falls Trail

    about 4 years ago

    John McNamara completed Oscar Scherer Area Trails

    over 4 years ago