Little Devils Tower Spur Trail

MODERATE 116 reviews
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Little Devils Tower Spur Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
751 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

no shade

hiking
3 days ago

Started the detour off the Black Elk - Hainey Peak trail. Thunder in the low dark clouds above my head made me turn back before the summit. Definitely worth the trip.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail and amazing views, particularly atop Little Devil.

16 days ago

Loved the views!!!!!

hiking
23 days ago

Nice trail, pretty heavily trafficked though. Great views from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this a kick off / extra from Harney (Black Elk) Peak. FYI, sign was MIA but it’s location is relatively apparent.

Per others, definitely some scrambling to get to the top. With that said, dogs will struggle to make it up and likely need to be carried.

In my opinion, best view in the park is on top here.

1 month ago

Came from Cathedral Spires and was well worth it. Going up to the top was tough. Harder climbing back down. The views were worth it. Saw a mt goat and little one on the way back down. Will not forget this hike

1 month ago

Definitely recommend this trail, it’s a perfect day hike. Bring plenty of water as it is very exposed to the sun.

1 month ago

This is a unique hike. In hiking terms it would be strenuous. There is significant "scrambling" at the end. The trail itself has some areas of scree and loose rocks.
The only disappointment is the destruction caused by the pine beetle. I've heard stories of the gorgeous hike through the canopy, but the hike is very exposed due to the devestating loss of trees.
Still, this is an amazing hike with awesome views of the cathedral spires and the central Black Hills.

1 month ago

Great trail, definitely worth it. We hiked it with a 3 year old and a 5 year old. The 3 year old needed to be carried a good bit but the 5 year old made it to the top without any problems. One of the best endings to a trail in the hills. It's like a shorter, easier Harney (black elk). Highly recommended!

hiking
2 months ago

100% worth it. our 5 and 7 year old kids managed it just fine although they were tired by the end. took us about 1.5 hrs up then 45min back down. the views from the top of the rocks were awesome, clouds were rolling in and out which looked very cool

2 months ago

Hiked with a 10 year old, 13 and 14 year old. Perfect hike! The last 1/4 mike was climbing rocks and a little scary but our kids had no fear at all! I am so glad we went and the views on the top are breathtaking! Took about two hours in total. Definitely take this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

AMAZING!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

We started at the Trail Head on 87. The trail is 1.5 miles in and 1.5 miles back out We took our entire family including a 7 year old boy & 8 year old girl. The hike was slightly strenuous for them but they loved the rock climbing towards the end. Most of the work was in the constant incline of the trail itself, not the rock climb. At one point there was an unmarked Fork in the trail. To the right is the off shoot trail to Cathedral Spires and to the left is the actual trail. You can get some great views and photos of the back of Cathedral spires a little further up the main trail. It's not much further from there. Once at the top, the views are amazing. If you have a drone you can take some great photos from the other side and understand better why it's called Little Devils Tower. (photo's uploaded) We're not fit but not out of shape. Based on my families experience I would say this is an easy to moderate, and worth the hike

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked over from the Cathedral Spires trail. it was only a little hike from where the spires trail and trail #4 cross. great views all the way then amazing views at the top!

2 months ago

The entrance crew gives out little maps, but don’t rely on them! The signs compared with the maps were very misleading. Otherwise a beautiful little hike. The top is definitely a rocky scramble. The dog didn’t want to go. Most of the trail is exposed. Not much shade. Bring plenty of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Went up for sunset on 5/26. Left the Sylvan Lake trailhead at 7:20. Made to top by 8pm. Sunset was 8:22pm. Used our headlamps the last 1/3 of the trail down. Only ones at the top. Saw only a few other people coming down when we were going up. Beautiful views!

hiking
4 months ago

Difficult trail especially toward the top, but very worth it. I did it twice in a month because the views from the top are so incredible. Would love to do this one again someday.

4 months ago

Very cool trail. Towards the end you do have climb a t little. Keep an eye on the weather, bring something to stay warm.

10 months ago

What a beautiful hike to Little Devils Tower and back 3.8 miles. Temp was about 64 and pure blue skies and sun. It was so awesome when we got to the top to see the 360 degree views. You’ll be climbing and scrambling on large boulders. Breathtaking.

hiking
11 months ago

We didn't come up from the lake, wish we had had time to do that part too, came over from cathedral spires via Trail4 and went up on the rock, about the last quarter or so of the trail. Worth the view!

11 months ago

This is one of the best hikes I ever did!!!! Beautiful views and lots of wildlife.

hiking
11 months ago

Great views, trail well laid out.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Great hike with rewarding views!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Exposed, this route is mainly uphill, and the rock scramble at the end was the closest thing I have done to rock climbing on a hike. I would not consider it moderate except for the length. Beautiful though!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

did what many do, connect from cathedral spires. can't beat it.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Amazing view from top while not too strenuous of a hike!

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Another beautiful view! We connected to this trail from cathedral spires, and the views from up high are so worth it! More exposed trail with no much shade (at least from the connection at the spires) so go early and bring lots of water!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beauuuutiful Trail! And the view from the peak is unreal. Loved this hike.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

We hiked this trail after connecting from the Cathedral Spires Trail. Fairly easy hike until a bit of rock scrambling near the final ascent to the top. The view is excellent from the top.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Connected via cathedral spires trail. Highly recommend

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