Cathedral Spires Trail

MODERATE 94 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
439 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

rails trails

rock climbing

forest

views

rocky

washed out

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular views, very steep section of trail climbing over boulders. Saw a family of 4 mountain goats near the trailhead on the way back!

1 month ago

Very pretty hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is easy to moderate, climbing up and down rocks at times. Views of needles rock outcroppings. Good variety of scenery. The Needles Highway is closed in winter.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

:)

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike, great rock formations.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a short hike that took longer than we expected because the views were so amazing. We Michiganders don't see topography like this at home. Mostly easy, some brief moderate, family friendly, lots of people -- not solitude. Take the spur to trail 4 and then to Little Devil's Tower, climb up the rocky outcropping at the top-- what a view.

4 months ago

great trail, goes by quick lots of great photo stops.

hiking
4 months ago

Real fun hike- lots of different stats on distance.
From trail head to trail end is .9 miles
So consider 2 mile max there and back.
Easy start to intermediate climb big steps and rocks in the middle to nice mellow section at the top between the cathedrals. Small stream a 3rd of the in.
Well marked trail and great for medium sized and bigger dogs.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Highly recommend!

4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes ever!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome especially when you add the Little DT final leg.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail with a few spots of steeper moderate technical features. Perfect for just enough of a light workout without being wiped out for the day. It took my husband and I about an hour (including time to take LOTS of photos). It is such a beautiful hike with enough shade to keep you cool. Our favorite hike of our trip!

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