Legion Lake Trail

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Legion Lake Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
344 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


21 days ago

I did this Hike With My 5Year old..

2 months ago

There are 2 Legion Lake Trails. One, the one I believe listed here, starts at the Legion Lake Campground travels straight up for 1/2 mile and then loops back down for 1/2 mile. There is no view at the top. The trees are tall and all you can see is trees, no lake. Kind of disappointing. 5 year old did not like this hike! 7 & 9 tolerated it because they are old enough to know that one foot in front of the other is the best way through it. Also it's not always easy to see the trail but the markers are easy to follow. That was a good lesson for the kids. Sometimes you have to look up to see the trail! The Legion Lake trail around Legion lake is a nice little stroll. When we'd head to the swim beach we'd go right from the entrance, around the lake, over the little dam and then to the swim beach. This is easy and pretty and gives a variety of views of the lake.

4 months ago

Good break-in trail to get used to the altitude. Hiking stick is advised

6 months ago

Nice quick hike in CSP. The trail was snow covered in most parts but was able to follow it easily using the blue markers.

Friday, June 30, 2017

If you are a hiker, which I'm not, you might like the quick hike on rough ground. This is noted as kid friendly, but I think that it depends on the age. I think 10 and up should be fine. We also used walking sticks to help. I would suggest them. Do not confuse this with the trail that loops around the lake. This trail is located its the end of the RV park across from he lake.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

There are two Legion Lake Trails. One that goes around the lake and the more difficult one that climbs up a good ways that is fairly strenuous, see the pic I posted. Both hikes are fun.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

This is a short, scenic walk. Nothing to go out of the way to do. We were staying at Legion Lake Lodge, so it was natural to just check it out.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

this was listed as easy to moderate, being from Illinois, and getting closer to retirement age this is actually quite strenuous.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Nice short hike. Straight up and then down. Beautiful.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Easy, usually a good hike in early spring before snows are gone from higher elevaions, may encounter bison near the trail.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

trail was hard to find in some places since it is not used very much, but was very enjoyable. directly north of the legion lake campground, so parking was not real obvious. A good evening hike. View of Legion lake was blocked by trees that have grown bigger since the trail was developed, still a good hike.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016