Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Difficult trail especially toward the top, but very worth it. I did it twice in a month because the views from the top are so incredible. Would love to do this one again someday.

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

Very cool trail. Towards the end you do have climb a t little. Keep an eye on the weather, bring something to stay warm.

on Legion Lake Trail

hiking
2 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
3 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
6 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

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful! A steep but unchallenging ascent then some gorgeous views on the ridge line, before a gentle descent and amble along the stream bed. Great for dogs, took less than two hours at a moderate pace. Ideal for a late fall day - light snowfall did not diminish our enjoyment, nor obscure the well-marked path.

on Prairie Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail. Alternates between open grassland and pine or oak wooded areas with a couple of stream crossings. Gorgeous views. Encountered a herd of bison about half way but was able to skirt around them at a safe distance. Note: the park rates this as a moderate trail and I would agree since the inclines are fairly steep and long - just didn’t feel like an ‘easy’ trail.

What a beautiful hike to Little Devils Tower and back 3.8 miles. Temp was about 64 and pure blue skies and sun. It was so awesome when we got to the top to see the 360 degree views. You’ll be climbing and scrambling on large boulders. Breathtaking.

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Fall colors, babbling brooks, incredible vistas. My kids loved the rock sculptures as well. Highly recommended and we will be back:)

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail, not difficult at all. A lot of poison ivy along the trail by the creek, so pants are suggested for that portion anyway.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike, we only did to the peak and back so cannot speak for the loop, but there aren't many views other than that off of the actual lover's leap rocks. The view from the rocks is beautiful and we thought well worth the 1.5ish miles. Go left at the T in the beginning of the trail if you just want to do the out and back to the peak.

We didn't come up from the lake, wish we had had time to do that part too, came over from cathedral spires via Trail4 and went up on the rock, about the last quarter or so of the trail. Worth the view!

This is one of the best hikes I ever did!!!! Beautiful views and lots of wildlife.

Great trail in Custer

Great views, trail well laid out.

Dry, hot trail, views aren't much until you get to the rock formation "lovers leap" which has spectacular views, 1 end of the trail (forks right) has a lot of poison ivy so caution!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Not exactly what we hoped for. Lots of road noise and incredibly basic. Ends at a clump of houses. If you're looking for a good hike, skip this one.

9 months ago

Wasnt a bad trail...just not a lot to see. There are interpretive signs along the way..but not that informative. Go when it isnt hot..there is not a lot of shade.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Steep in spots, but well worth the effort!

Great hike with rewarding views!

hiking
9 months ago

4.4 mile trail, some steepish terrain but well worth it. great ponderosa pines in this hike, the smell is incredible.

Exposed, this route is mainly uphill, and the rock scramble at the end was the closest thing I have done to rock climbing on a hike. I would not consider it moderate except for the length. Beautiful though!

did what many do, connect from cathedral spires. can't beat it.

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely agree that this is more than a 3 mile trail. 4.4 sounds about right. Think of this as rather 2 different trails: one hike goes up a granite mountain and provides beautiful views of probably the entire park (this may be a reason to choose this one as your first hike in Custer). The other hike is along the creek bottom and back along the hillside.

hiking
10 months ago

It was hard but good. The board at the beginning says it's 3 miles, but don't believe that! This app says 4 and my phone said something like 4.4. I would do it again though.

Amazing view from top while not too strenuous of a hike!

Another beautiful view! We connected to this trail from cathedral spires, and the views from up high are so worth it! More exposed trail with no much shade (at least from the connection at the spires) so go early and bring lots of water!

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