Hell Canyon Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Hell Canyon Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.6 miles
1030 feet

dog friendly




wild flowers




washed out

from Custer, Sd go west to Jewel Cave Nat'l Mon. continue west few miles to sign along Hwy 16

10 days ago

19 days ago

25 days ago

A little strenuous if you start at the trail head gate heading up the steep incline to the spur. I recommend going backwards, unless you'd rather hike up and ease your way down. I'm not in the best of shape and was able to hike to the spur and back in exactly 1.5 hours, though the trip back down was harsh on the knees. So very worth the effort.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Solid trail. Took it backwards with my dogs, and ended up going out to the outlook (totally worth it) going backward all the hard work is front loaded so most of the hike is quite leisurely.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Visited the cave and decided to go for a hike. Pretty trail with a variety of things to see. Some some wildlife along the trail. You have to pay attention where you are going or you could miss your turns. Needs to be marked better in areas.

10 months ago

Monday, June 06, 2016

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I did the full trail. In 2hrs! I hiked up 1st then hiked down into the canyon. It was a great day for a hike. The beginning of the trail up is steep.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

I worked clockwise and hiked the rim first. It was an amazing view after a decent snowfall. I wish I would've gone through the canyon first and saved the rim for last. Also just be mindful of the mountain lions. I saw some pretty big tracks in the fresh snow.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Awesome trail. But if you go through the canyon first, be careful not to miss the sharp turn uphill at the farthest point in the trail.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

It was fun. Me and my family finished this trail around 3 hours. We did it backwards starting in the canyon. I prefer this route so you can save the mountain top for the end. There is a cave down in the canyon which was a beautiful site. The best part was hiking the backside of the mountain. Lots of beautiful scenes. Towards the top we could really see where the fire hit.

Friday, May 29, 2015

This place does "desolate scenery" very well. That fire will always be remembered by Hells Canyon and all its inhabitants. The upper rim is very worth the hike so start at the bottom and save the best for last. The girlfriend and I had a total of 22 ticks on us throughout the hike, so check your dogs if you go during tick season.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beautiful scenery, this is a 6 mile loop that I did counter clockwise. The first half was a great trail up on the ridge looking down into the canyon. The second half once you drop into the canyon was very tall grass and the trail was very grown over. I ended up with 2 ticks. This area was burned in 2000 and no trees have grown back since.