Black Elk Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail

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Black Elk Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1630 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

rocky

This granite 7,242 ft mountain lies in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. There is a historic stone firetower at the top that is no longer in use but is open to the public to check out. The trail in to the peak takes you past amazing granite towers rising out of the hills. It is a very unique geological area.

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Prepare for varying weather. I've never hiked it without getting into a thunderstorm. Usually they're short-lived but once came down the mountain in a 1 1/2 hour hail storm. View from the top is great!

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16 days ago

Highly recommend for the black hills area!

17 days ago

Super nice hike with a lot of shade, we made it to the summit within an hour and saw some cool mountain goats. Took no.7up and 4 down, it's perfect and no.4 has so many wild raspberries. Super yummy.
Very rewarding hike!

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19 days ago

The last .5 miles are a steep one, but the view from the top is worth it!

20 days ago

Great hike. Went up Trail 9, down Trail 4. Took just about 5 hrs with lots of stops for rest (the 8 year old) and photos. That 5 hrs also includes maybe 30 min at the peak, having snacks and looking around. Gorgeous!

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