Black Elk Peak Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Black Elk Peak Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near East Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
4 days ago

We went up 9, got to the top as a thunderstorm hit! We made it down in record time, 1:12! It was a beautiful hike on the way up, and the view from the top is breathtaking.

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13 days ago

Did this with kids aged 10, 8, and 4. Had to help the 4 year old, but the other two did it on their own. Great view from the old tower at the top. Took about 4 hours round trip. Only downside was the amount of mud at some parts of the trail. A few places were tricky to get around.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiking up #9 was great, however I would not advise to take #7 down without a map. I was told to take that trail down, which was very muddy and got me lost. Unless you have a map and it is an extremely sunny day, I’d advise you to stick to #9!

1 month ago

fantastic hike! great scenery and the reward of the views and the old fire watch tower at the top made the incline well worth it! pack water and take snacks and enjoy some time exploring at the tower before heading back down.

hiking
7 months ago

one of my favorite hikes in the hills. good afternoon hike with wonderful views and a great workout. i do it several times a year. takes about 3.5 hours

9 months ago

This is a great trail. Moderately challenging with stunning views. Nice length if you want a good half day workout.

11 months ago

Not super difficult, awesome 360 degree views at the peak and tons of space to walk around at the top

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