Black Elk Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail

MODERATE 208 reviews

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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4 hours ago

Amazing trail! Start early and beat the crowds to the top. Well worth the effort.

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1 day ago

DO NOT wear five fingers! You will bend your pinky toe on rocks repeatedly until it breaks in half before you reach the halfway point on the trail! So glad to have toughed it out the rest of the way, the top has amazing views as far as the eye can see and the tower is awesome as well. Can't miss this!

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2 days ago

Loved everything about this trail. Don't miss it! Left the trailhead at 0630 passed five people on the way up. The people that say the trail is to crowded just need to get out of bed before 0900 because it is a popular trail.

5 days ago

One of our favorites hikes. We hike this at least once a year.

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11 days ago

Amazing views!!! I highly recommend using Trail 4 on the way up and Trail 9 on the way down. Trail 4 has awesome views! Leave early in the morning, too, to beat the heat.

hiking
13 days ago

13 days ago

Beautiful hike! We tagged on poets table as well! Stunning!

hiking
14 days ago

It's just plain beautiful and a great exercise (especially wearing a baby)!

hiking
16 days ago

Very heavily trafficked. Like Walmart on Saturday heavy. Pretty scenery and easy trail, but too many people to actually enjoy it. Lots of kids and dogs, and people trying to get selfies at every decent view point. Helicopters flying over every 5 minutes also. Prime example of human pollution in a beautiful park.

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17 days ago

19 days ago

absolutely amazing views and variety of natural features and wildflowers. it was decently challenging near the top, but even our 3.5 year old did it unassisted!! we had done some training (2 adults and girls 8,6 and 3.5), but are not hardcore hikers. if you take enough water and snacks even a young family can do this! so worth it, esp if you swim in Sylvan lake after!! temps were toward 80, it took us 7 hours, we hydrated well beforehand and took 28oz water each and were very thirsty at the end. if it were hotter we would have needed more. enjoy!!!

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19 days ago

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19 days ago