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 moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

Length1.6 miElevation gain488 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Custer State Park charges an admission fee of $20 per vehicle that is valid for one week. Annual passes can be purchased for $36 for the first vehicle and $18 for a second vehicle. More information can be found at the park page here - https://gfp.sd.gov/parks/detail/custer-state-park/

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 18, 2021
Rock climbingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

Great hike. A bit rocky, younger kids may have trouble, but our 6 and 4 year old made the whole trail and back just fine.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 17, 2021
Hiking

To each their own but I find this trail very avg, nothing special and highly overrated. It's a tourist trap for people driving through this park that want to do a short walk in nature. Parking lot spaces are always limited here and the trail is almost always crowded...ive dine this trail multiple times. If you're an avid hiker then you'll want to add the 1 to 1.5 miles to Little Devil's Tower via trail #4 which connects to this trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 13, 2021
Hiking

awesome trail. saw a few mountain goats on the rocks at the end.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 12, 2021
Hiking

Good hike

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 11, 2021
Hiking

Amazing trail. Don’t miss it because it is so beautiful. Great close up views of the spires. We takes on a hike up to Little Devils Tower.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 10, 2021
HikingGreat!

Fun trail. A little scrambling along the way but well worth it.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 10, 2021
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Beautiful hike! It is definitely strenuous, especially for those of us from lower elevations who aren’t used to breathing with reduced oxygen. Highly recommend. Plenty of shade options throughout, and a nice breeze, which made a hot day much more comfortable.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 10, 2021
Hiking

Pro tip - combine the cathedral spires and Little Devil's Tower trails using the #4 trail connector - makes the trip worthy of 5 stars

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 9, 2021
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Very easy with a few up and down sections

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 9, 2021
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quick and pretty

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 8, 2021
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Amazing trail. Brief, but challenging. Beautiful views.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 8, 2021
Hiking

Great trail. a couple hard spots. beautiful at the end. Hard trail for 70 plus years but it can be done.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 7, 2021
HikingGreat!Rocky

This little hike is definitely great and was the easiest part of my hike. It was not too difficult so I definitely recommend it for families with little ones that don’t want something insanely difficult. Also I like how light trafficked it was, it’s nice to sometimes be in an area where there are not many people and you can just hear nature!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 6, 2021
Hiking

Great hike for the family---our two year old did most of it by himself. Our 4yo loved it. The boys (5, 7 and 10) made us stop so they could play in the stream on the way down. Bring water!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 4, 2021
Hiking

Awe inspiring scenery! Measured as 1 mile to the End of Trail sign. The trailhead has limited parking.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 3, 2021
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lots of uphill, but totally worth it for the view!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 30, 2021
HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail. I would recommend adding in little devils tower as well if you plan to do this trail. It provides a great view of the spires and black elk peak.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 24, 2021
HikingGreat!Rocky

Trail is listed as moderate but has some challenging areas. Still a great hike with magnificent views.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 22, 2021
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Busy, but so fun!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 20, 2021
HikingGreat!

Love the views. The spires remind me of Bryce but different colors. Parking at the trailhead, but can be busy. I had to pass it by and park at a scenic overlook slightly further down the road.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 20, 2021
Hiking

Beautiful hike. Lots of roots. great scenery. Finished in just about an hour.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 15, 2021
Hiking

Great trail. Some rocky parts. The journey is better then the end.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 15, 2021
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05/15/21: We hiked spires with a baby and a 2 year old. Saw mountain goats, chipmunks, buzzards, and eagles. It rained the whole time and made the trail a bit muddy but it was still lovely. Not too strenuous for any of us, although I did have to help my toddler up a few of the rocky parts. Definitely will do again. Pretty busy Trail even in early May, so go early in the day to avoid crowds and get parking on Needles.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 14, 2021
Hiking

Great trail. Amazing views. A little climbing but not too hard.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 13, 2021
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Astonishing beauty. Everywhere you look something catches your eye. Some tough but gradual clambering over rocks plus natural and man made stairs. Pick up trail 4 on to Little Devil’s Tower on the way back

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 11, 2021
Hiking

Was a little tough for my 3yr old. But he made it the whole way

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 4, 2021

Only a mile in and out but a great hike. Snowed on us at the top!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 24, 2021
Hiking

Awesome trail. Incline is a fun one. Good luck.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 28, 2021
Walking

It has become one of our favorite winter hikes. Start at Sylvan Lake on trail 4. When you get to Little Devil's Tower trailhead get on the highway to Cathedral Spires trailhead. When you leave the Spires, go up to trail 4 to return to Sylvan Lake. That makes a nice 5.5 mile loop!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 9, 2021
Hiking

Strenuous at time but worth it. Might make a good quick ovetnighter.

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