Black Elk Peak and Little Devil's Tower Loop

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Black Elk Peak and Little Devil's Tower Loop is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and horses and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,699 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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13 days ago

Awesome trail...Went up trail #4, then up to Black Elk Peak and came back to Sylvan Lake on trail #9. Great views. Travelled with my 9 and 7 year old girls and they also had a blast.

Best hike of my trip to the Black Hills. Went up Trail 9 to Black Elk Peak (get there early), then used a connector (Trail 3) to take me to Trail 4 to complete a loop. If you're planning to do the Cathedral Spires Trail, there's a convenient connector to that as well. There's a sign for it roughly halfway down (or up) Trail 4 and from there it's a very short side trip into the heart of the Cathedral Spires. The recording I did covers everything from the Sylvan Lake Trailhead for Trail 9, down the Cathedral Spires Trail, up to the Little Devil's Tower, and back down to Sylvan Lake via Trail 9. It was 10.5 miles total doing all of that, but the scenery was unbelievable. The spur that takes you up to the Little Devil's Tower is the most challenging part of this hike. Near the top it's more of a climb up and through boulders than a hike.

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29 days ago

This was a fantastic trail!! I had a lot of fun hiking it! I would not deem this trail as “hard.” I would say it’s pretty moderate. The trail itself is pretty well-kept up. The trail offers a plethora of spectacular views. I’m a pretty adventurous person, so I appreciated all the opportunities I had to go off-trail and scramble some boulders/cliffs! I think this trail is very versatile and allows for hikers of all levels to enjoy it!

1 month ago

This is a great loop with incredible scenery. A short, easy side trip also offers a visit to the cathedral spires and, if you look for the, you can frequently spit mountain goats from the trail.

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5 months ago

Amazing hike. Also amazing views of the spires atop little devils tower.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

This is by far, my favorite hike yet... This loop hike utilizes multiple named trails to go from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak, and back to Sylvan Lake, Black Elk Peak previously known as "Harney Peak." This is a great day-trip from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak (formerly "Harney Peak"). The loop takes you up past Little Devils Tower along the Little Devils Tower Trail #4, joining with the Cathedral Spires Trail #4A, and continuing on to meet up with the Norbeck #3 trail to finally reach the summit of Black Elk Peak (7,244'). The return brings you down a different path using the Harney Peak #9 (South) trail. This will allow you to see different views on the way back. Because this is a multi-use trail, (Horses) you will need to have your dog leashed for this hike. There is Kayaking and swimming at Sylvan Lake. Because this is a South Dakota State Park, you will need to have a park pass for access

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