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Madelyn Van Zante
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Absolutely amazing and totally worth it!! We started at Palmers Creek and took a right once we reached the trail. Was nice and secluded and peaceful! Once we got to the Black Elk Peak trail it was REALLY busy until the turn off by the Harneys Peak Lookout. Then it was nice and secluded again. Parts of the trail have little to no shade so definitely plan ahead for the weather. We never saw any water fill stations either tho there were a few streams for our pup to utilize so we were able to drink the water we packed for her. Going the direction we did - we would have had an easy ending had it not rained on us (our bad!) The last portion of the trail was tall grassland with a very narrow mud path. Even with the rain - it was amazing and highly recommend as the views the whole way were incredible!! I killed my phone taking so many pictures! Oh - and don't forget to download the map ahead of time as there's no reception at the start of the trail

Doug Folkerth
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HikingRocky

It was Hard, but the trail is listed as "Hard". Weather was cool and sunny. The trail has LOTS of water bars, many are washed out causing a very big step. Next time I'll do it in a clockwise fashion. Wear really good supportive shoes, not a good place for running shoes. View from the top is wonderful and worth the effort. Completed the loop in 7hrs, Total time

Oscar Antillon
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Hiking

Great trail. Very well marked. Was able to finish it with my 10&11 year old

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Mitchell Prevett
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Hiking

Great night camping by the lake!

Denis Castanet
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Hiking

Great long trail, did it in 6hours excluding stops, nice views, in good condition. Very busy on the portion to Black Elk Peak.

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Cait M.
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HikingFeeNo shadeRockyScramble

So gorgeous. Went counter-clockwise and continued on to Black Elk after LDT. The trail goes through a nice, easy forested section after the split. About a mile before the ascent, the trail becomes rocky with switchbacks - not hard in itself, but exposed. The climb to and view from the tower were extraordinary. The views are worth it (even if you’re a little fearful of heights)!

Tyler Madison
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Hiking

We took this trail with four kids aged all the way down to 6. It was a long walk, but even the 6 year old knocked it out. There were a bunch of families doing the same thing. The key is to arrive early to avoid the huge crowds. The view at the top was definitely worth it.

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Jason Barnes
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Hiking

Brilliant trail with gorgeous views! Occasional shade, and trail in good condition. Minor downsides are crowds and poor signage.

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Manny De Zarraga
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Hiking

Check out the poets table on the way ;)

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Neil Feeney
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HikingBugs
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Rebecca Ugalde
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Hiking

We took the opportunity to also see cathedral trail to the end as is connects right around the devil tower area too.

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Jeff Bowling
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Hiking

Very nice trail. Was very green this time of year.

Lisa Werdal
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Hiking

Short, easy trail. If you're coming from Plot knob, take the spur marked "W" to get back the the Deer Creek trailhead.

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Adrian Kryszak
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Hiking

Great hike. Amazing views. I did it counterclockwise. I went to the Little Devil’s Tower first and then to the Black Elk Peak. Bring water and come early if you hike it during a weekend.

Magdiel Sanchez-Diaz
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HikingRocky
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Kim Irons
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Hiking

Awesome hike all around. I did the loop clockwise, heading up black elk peak first. I’m SO glad I did the loop and included little devils tower. The rock scrambling was fun. Know what your kids and dogs can handle (re: little devils tower). I saw lot of people going up and wasn’t sure how their kids or dogs would manage but I don’t have either so I’m not one to guess what they can do :) Have both bug spray and sunscreen! And snacks and water. Start early. I got a great parking spot early but it was packed by the time I finished. Also added on cathedral spires and ended up at 9 miles total. But I think you can get a good enough view of the spires from far away and would say that part can be skipped.

scott w
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Hiking

This was an amazing hike. The only part of this home that was hard would've been the part that went to Little Devil's Peak and that's an in and out section so you could turn around whenever you wanted and continue the loop. I recommend this hike to anyone hiking to Black Elk peak. The loop is moderate and gives you a different view on the way back than you had on the way.

Casey Abernathey
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Bring water. Lots of people. I suggest you go first thing in the morning if you want parking. We did the entire trail with our dog. Most follow the leash rules. Great views. AI highly encourage doing this loop if you are in the area.

Joshua Riggleman
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Hiking

I would recommend taking 9 up to Black Elk Peak and taking 4 back down to catch Little Devils tower.

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Chris Ondrovich
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Hiking

We hiked from the catch and release parking area to silver city rd. The trail was well marked and not alot of people on trail in June. We stayed overnight in Hammocks. Great time of the year to hammock. Campfires are not permitted. We only saw a couple large birds. There are a few great views from the upper elevations. We did hike down to the Marina to filter water. There aren’t many sources of water. We had to conserve a little water until we found a refreshing brook on the way to Silver City rd. The brook couldnt have been 2ft wide but the water was ice cold and once we filtered it, it was better than the smart water we hiked in. We enjoyed the hike, great makers to identify the trail and the trail was well kept.

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P M
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Hiking

Nice easy trail. Several horse riders from Palmer Gulch riding stables sharing the trail.

Chris Geiger
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BugsMuddy

Easy. Lots of bugs, flies, and horse poop. Nice hike but I would rate it average.

Xylina Brooke
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Walking

Very nice walk

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Mz Jean
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Hiking

Beautiful hike around pactola!

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Sean Downey
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HikingBugs

Relatively easy and enjoyable hike, but lots of horse droppings give the trail an aura of a petting zoo throughout.

Domenic Luppino
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HikingRockyScramble

Hiked 6/8/2020. Started hike about 1515 and finished appx 1915. Spent plenty of time at Black Elk Peak enjoying the view and fooling around on the rocks. Very much recommend this hike.Saw all age groups on the trail and at the peak. Only difference was the speed at which you hiked. Peak featured 5-75 year olds. Was not incredibly crowded but that might have been because it looked potentially very ominous, never did rain though.

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