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Cathedral Spires Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 488 ft Route type Out & Back

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Jason Thompson
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HikingRocky

Should only be a moderate hike. Two big rocky scrambles and then an amazing plateau at the end. Worth pushing through for a cool breeze and amazing views in the end. This is a top 10 hike of under 3 miles I’ve been on.

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Torii Kapavik
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HikingRocky

I would rate this as moderate, although we are fairly regular hikers. We hiked it with our 15lb westie and 55lb labradoodle and both did just fine with no issues. It took us just under 2 hours with a few water breaks for the pups and a 20 minute rest in the middle. It was not as shady as I expected, but there were several shady spots along the way.

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Frank Becker
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Hiking

Hike was short but somewhat difficult climbing over rocks. Went when it was drizzling out so made it a little more slick but when you get to the end it is beautiful scenery.

Guillermo Salas
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HikingScramble

Gorgeous views combined with a fun and challenging enough climb. Tons of off trail opportunities to explore and climb/crawl in between the spires. Kids (11/13) enjoyed the action and views. Outstanding shortish, extremely enjoyable hikes. Ideal in my book as a quick and fun hike to start the day.

Thomas Shapira
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Hiking

Beautiful scenery, especially at the end of the trail when surrounded by spires. This is more than moderate in difficulty and is described by the park as “strenuous”. A few portions are climbing over boulders and are at least 3 points of contact. Absolutely worth the effort but will be difficult for beginner hikers.

Shaina Keseley
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Hiking

This trail yields incredible scenery both along the trail and at the summit. It is short but challenging, though my 6 and 10 year olds did great. Some rock scrambling but that makes it more fun in my book. If you explore a bit further than the “end of trail” sign, there is gorgeous views of the valley.

dain johnson
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Hiking

Incredible views of the spires. A little rocky in parts, but not overly challenging.

John Ewalt
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Hiking

Great rock formations and views along a fun trail. At times, the footing over rocks and roots required a hold onto a tree or rock.

Jennifer Shults
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Hiking

Hiked Cathedral Spires to Little Devils Tower. I really recommend taking the trail to trail 4, left before the end of the trail. This takes you up to a beautiful view point overlooking the valley of the Cathedral Spires. Pretty easy hike if you’re in moderate hiking shape. Not too long at all. Saw a few mountain goats at Little Devil’s Tower. No notice of bothersome bugs.

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Vicki Pace
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Maggie W.
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HikingRocky

Cool view of the spires! A little rocky but overall not hard!

Annie Boldt
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Hiking

Took our kids 4 and 2, dogs 3 and 4 months and this was the perfect length and difficulty for our family. We are frequent hikers so I wouldn’t recommend for families with small children who don’t hike often as there are steeper parts.

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Paul Cummings
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Hiking

I went up today (6/13). Beautiful South Dakota blue sky and fantastic views and not too buggy! The trail is a touch rocky in places and you have to climb through them but it wasn’t too bad. I wouldn’t wear flip flops, or other shoes with no sole or ankle support, as the trail is sandy and dusty, also. The trail to Black Elk or Little Devil’s Tower is toward the end of this particular trail. My biggest issue was the amount of people, while there not many on the trail, who don’t know hiking etiquette and who goes first whether ascending or descending.

Ron Winmill
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Hiking

The trail was pretty with winding paths through the forest and a close up view of the spires. I don’t recommend flip flops. Climbing over rocks and boulders requires sturdy shoes.

Mz Jean
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, more incline than I thought. My child almost stepped on a baby snake, keep a look out!

Nicholas Roy
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Hiking

A nice short hike where you walk among the numerous spires in the area. They tower like skyscrapers! I think this hike is best done as an add-on to the little Devils tower hike

Merary Lopez
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Great short trail.

AllTrails User
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Hiking

Loved this! Note: it’s 2.3 miles out and back (not 1.6). Did this on 5/25 and it was gorgeous. Only saw 2 other groups, which was nice. My dog did it without problems, but he’s big, so he could hop up and down some of the boulders.

Bruce Carroll
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Hiking

The Spires are Jaw-Dropping when going up to Devil's Tower. And mind-bending when walking amidst them. Easy to tack on with the Harney-Devil Loop hike.

James Douglas
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Hiking

Great little trail. fairly well marked. Moderate only in that it has some steep inclines otherwise was easy. Gorgeous views at the end!

Shannon Kahrig
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Hiking

Short but absolutely stunning. It's a push uphill but you feel like you're getting closer to the spires. The trail flattens out on top which is great for resting and admiring the intricate details of the spires.

Eliz Reese
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my favorite hike on my trip last week! not too crowded, gorgeous trail, excellent views throughout the entire trail (the end wasnt incredibly climactic unless you walked around the giant rocks at the end to see the viewpoint. wasnt too difficult, though it probably is for someone who is out of shape.

Dre F
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Hiking

Hiked this trail a few days ago. Beautiful landscape and formations. A nice short and beautiful hike!

julie_journeys on instagram
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Hiking

I liked this trail, but I found that the end of the trail was a teeny bit anticlimatic. The whole way there is filled with gorgeous views of the spires, but I guess I was expecting some different panoramic at the end. That being said, the journey is the destination - and it is very beautiful. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

Mackenzie Hunter
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Tara Weston
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