Cathedral Spires Trail

MODERATE 92 reviews
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Cathedral Spires Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
534 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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rock climbing

forest

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rocky

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2 days ago

Very pretty hike!

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6 days ago

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17 days ago

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18 days ago

Fun and adventurous out and back. Good amount of climbing and absolutely breathtaking views of amazing rock formations. Would hike this a million times over.

Semi dog friendly. The climbs and descent are dog friendly for bigger dogs only. We have a Sheprador and she made it fine.

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23 days ago

As a 64 yr old this is a perfect hike for me. Not too hard but not easy either. Last 1/2 mile is definitely more challenging than the rest of the way up. Done this hike twice. Both times was a lot colder & windier at the top. Be prepared for that.

One of the prettiest trails we have taken. We hiked all the way up to Black Elk mountain (formerly Harney Peak). 5.8 miles round trip. It connects to trail #4 and then trail #9 to the top.

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30 days ago

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1 month ago

great views and definitely take the trailhead 4 to little devil's tower peak. The views are amazing

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1 month ago

:)

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1 month ago

Great hike!

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1 month ago

This was a wonderful hike. Pretty busy but spectacular rock formations and views. Take the spur to Trail 4 and over to Little Devil's Tower, scramble up the bare rock outcroppings at the end and survey the area.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great hike on a great day. This is a really nice hike especially if you slow down and enjoy it. Great rock formations, some beautiful views, possibility of a mountain goat sighting and we saw a really nice size hornets nest. Mostly moderate but an occasional strenuous portion because of the elevation change and some big steps from rock to rock. With some patience and water it is doable for most and well worth it.

1 month ago

The combination of Cathedral Spires trail and a portion of the Black Elk trail was spectacular. Pine trees, a few aspen, Little Devil's Tower, the ascent to the top of Black Elk Mountain (highest elevation point east of Rockies), beautiful views along the entire trail and a good exercise. Plenty places to stop for a snack and enjoy amazing views. One of the best trails I have experienced.