Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Custer State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

beautiful trail but the map shown on AllTrails is NOT ACCURATE. do not try to do this counterclockwise, just go to the trailhead (across the street from the natue education center, which is where the map above says it starts, but it actually doesnt).

Absolutely gorgeous! The views at the top are amazing and walking by the creek was refreshing after doing so many inclines.

There are many river crossings, all had bridges as of July 2018.

There is a ton of poison ivy down by the creek and you can't avoid it, so wear pants and boots if possible.

Well marked, peaceful

hiking
11 days ago

Too short and crowded but it’s beautiful and I saw a yellow-bellied marmot! I wouldn’t make this a destination hike but if you’re in the area and want to get in a quick hike, its worth it

No complaints here (bring wipes to wipe your legs down with if you’re wearing shorts/capris)! The hail storm at the end was an added bonus. I think it was a little harder than moderate only due to the fact that I’ve had a joint replaced in my foot recently so it took me longer than planned and I stopped for pictures. Well worth it! If you want the harder stuff first go left.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike, some spots were strenuous. Lots of poison ivy by the creek. Not very crowded. We didn’t count, but there are lots of creek crossings. Enjoyed the view at the top.

hiking
21 days ago

Did this hike & really enjoyed it. Longest 2.1 miles we have ever done. I think it's closer to 3. We hike a lot.

hiking
25 days ago

lots and lots of poison ivy, sumac and oak on a narrow trail around the river. It is everywhere a long the trail and didn't know until we were there. Hiked it in shorts with kids in shorts and we were very careful not to touch anything. Beautiful view, dont miss the small scramble to summit and see the view. It was an easy hike.

Fun trail crossing the creek on beams many times. Great with the family.

Good break-in trail to get used to the altitude. Hiking stick is advised

Great time! Had four 32oz jugs of water for 3 people and it wasn’t enough! Bring lots of water! Reminder to self again: Even with wife can only take one GSD! Apparently she can’t handle either one on more than a 2 mile hike!

Love it. Very easy beautiful walk.

Trail was hard to follow.

great eye 2 eye with tantanka on trail. buffalo ribs r great over fire pit.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful lake views, fun rocks to climb. Easy hike for all ages.

This is great way for me to get to work from the employee housing.

Level, easy. Nice river crossings. Great for fishing.

hiking
1 month ago

great little cool down trail after tackling the cathedral Spires and little devils tower. great views of the lake all the way around

Loved it a great walk with some terrific views

hiking
1 month ago

great little hike. took a little over an hour to complete the loop. it was a little over 2 miles. great scenario. encountered deer and could see the bison across the ravine!

walking
1 month ago

Love this hike! So pretty and relaxing! Very dog friendly!

Very fun hike to do! The water crossings are a little intimidating with a toddler in structured carrier, but is definitely doable. There are many beautiful spots to stop and lots of wildlife! We were not able to finish as the crossing towards the end (logs included) were just too much to do.

I love this trail. It is an easy, but beautiful trail with many stream crossings. My dog loves it as well.

Sylvan is my favorite part of the hills. This hike is great to take with kids and get a great view of all the scenery. If you go during a hot day, you can finish the hike with a dip in the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a five star trail simply for the scenery. Sylvan Lake is absolutely gorgeous. Very simple walk/hike. Anyone in relatively decent health can complete this trail.

Pretty nice trail along a creek, then climbing up to a beautiful lookout.

on Legion Lake Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Nice quick hike in CSP. The trail was snow covered in most parts but was able to follow it easily using the blue markers.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

First outing on snowshoes. Custer received 6"- 8" of fresh snow overnight. Decided to take advantage of the untouched powder. First time for me to hike this trail, had a bit of snag trying to locate the trailhead. However, once on the trail, markers are very easy to see and follow. The Legion Lake fire burned through this area; but did so pretty quick, so most of the damage was just ground cover and some charring on the base of the trees. The blanket of snow knocked down some of the charred smell but was still noticeable. A couple bridges were in-accessible due to downed trees (could not tell if fire contributed to downed trees with the fresh blanket) but not a big deal to cross the creek. Televators on the gear came in handy as some steep areas to climb. Very rocky even under decent snow, so several areas required the removal of the gear to avoid chewing up the spikes.

hiking
8 months ago

went counter clockwise. most of the trail is in woods, crossing creeks and only one outlook. pretty but kind of ho hum after awhile. good workout

An easy walk, great for kids. Brought our 2 dogs and they loved it too!

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