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The clear mountain waters are inviting, and the open ranges are waiting to be discovered. Bring your family to Custer State Park, and let yourself run wild. Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Within the park, you'll discover a world of adventure!

We were lucky with the weather and it was a tremendous hike. A friendly goat greeted us at the top when we had lunch!

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

We have done several times but stopped doing the full loop,not that it isn’t an amazing loop, we love the waterfalls and the rock climb portion. So we just hike down into the gulch and then turn around and climb back out. But an amazing hike, highly recommend!!

rock climbing
3 days ago

A great hike with some interesting opportunities for scrambling and access to great adventure climbing.

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

Ok, this is an incredible trail that you need to be prepared for. If you come at this trail from the Sylvan Lake Visitors center (west side of the lake) you can enter the trail and most of the it will be downhill until you get to the last portion of the trail. After hiking 3 miles you'll be looking up a about 200 ft of scramble that is rail assisted. If you take the trail around the east side of the lake you'll come to the entrance of the gulch and go straight down through the rails with plenty of scrambling. Their are pros and cons for each. Just be prepared for the rail/scramble section, it's a blast if you are prepared for it. Loop trails that is well marked with blue arrows. If you have small children make sure you have plenty of snacks for them, they'll need it.

Hiked with a 10 year old, 13 and 14 year old. Perfect hike! The last 1/4 mike was climbing rocks and a little scary but our kids had no fear at all! I am so glad we went and the views on the top are breathtaking! Took about two hours in total. Definitely take this hike!


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!

9 days ago

Beautiful trail!! With Tons of little Waterfalls and streams , this trail is a must!

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.

15 days ago

So many trails in one! Great views, dense foliage, rock clambering, elevation changes, and an incredible water section that deserves a spoiler alert before describing - you just have to see and experience it to understand.

Make sure to wear clothes and bring supplies that help you avoid poison ivy though. It's avoidable but would be easy to brush against if you're not careful. Still, so worth it!

We started at the Trail Head on 87. The trail is 1.5 miles in and 1.5 miles back out We took our entire family including a 7 year old boy & 8 year old girl. The hike was slightly strenuous for them but they loved the rock climbing towards the end. Most of the work was in the constant incline of the trail itself, not the rock climb. At one point there was an unmarked Fork in the trail. To the right is the off shoot trail to Cathedral Spires and to the left is the actual trail. You can get some great views and photos of the back of Cathedral spires a little further up the main trail. It's not much further from there. Once at the top, the views are amazing. If you have a drone you can take some great photos from the other side and understand better why it's called Little Devils Tower. (photo's uploaded) We're not fit but not out of shape. Based on my families experience I would say this is an easy to moderate, and worth the hike

16 days 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.

17 days ago

If you are a #TRAILGLIDER and are in this area and DON’T glide this path, you are missing out. Not a 5 star ONLY because of the fact that literally anyone active can do this hike. Amazing journey to the top. We named every “milestone” and feature toward the peak. May was the perfect month to see this area due to the constant change in scenery, pace, and weather conditions. A light mist and multiple various cloud appearances made this an Epic day.

very good Hike with great views all the way. after finishing the trail I easily hiked back on trail #4 to hit the Little Devils Tower Trail.

18 days ago

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

Hiked over from the Cathedral Spires trail. it was only a little hike from where the spires trail and trail #4 cross. great views all the way then amazing views at the top!

Loved it a great walk with some terrific views

can connect to trail 4 to get to SDs highest peak

The entrance crew gives out little maps, but don’t rely on them! The signs compared with the maps were very misleading. Otherwise a beautiful little hike. The top is definitely a rocky scramble. The dog didn’t want to go. Most of the trail is exposed. Not much shade. Bring plenty of water.

Great views, even saw some mountain goats! We used this as an alternate route to get to Black Elk Peak (Trail 4) but still did all of this trail. Would do again!

Went up for sunset on 5/26. Left the Sylvan Lake trailhead at 7:20. Made to top by 8pm. Sunset was 8:22pm. Used our headlamps the last 1/3 of the trail down. Only ones at the top. Saw only a few other people coming down when we were going up. Beautiful views!

Awesome trail! We took our Shorthair mix and he did well going down the rock but if you’re taking your dog on this trail, I suggest going the same direction. If you hike the opposite direction, you may have to carry them back up the rock. It has water rushing through in some spots.

20 days 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!

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