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

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24 days 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!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Very pretty hike!

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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1 month 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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1 month 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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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

:)

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great hike!

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2 months ago

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2 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.

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2 months ago