Little Devils Tower Spur Trail

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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
19 days 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.

30 days 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.

6 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
7 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!

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Great views, trail well laid out.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike with rewarding views!

8 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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!

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

hiking
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

Connected via cathedral spires trail. Highly recommend

hiking
10 months ago

Not too difficult until you get to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the last part climbing up the rocks. Lots to explore at the top. wouldn't bring small children due to the climbing. I sent mine back down with my husband before getting to the really fun part.

hiking
10 months ago

Just finished this hike with the family. The view of Harney Peak, the back of Mt Rushmore and the surrounding land is breathtaking!

One suggestion...Leave you packs and hiking sticks when you have to make the first scramble up the crack in the mountain. It gets rather interesting up and down with extra weight and things in your hand.

hiking
10 months ago

I love the variety of terrain.. starting in a leafy wooded meadow, then climbing into evergreens and rock formations.. and then scrambling up the granite 'pinnacle' to views of Harney Peak Lookout, Cathedral Spires, the backside of Mt Rushmore... its a great hike! The last scramble can be intimidating, but it is worth it!

11 months ago

Great hike. Tricky towards the top in snow and slush but would be fine in good weather. Started at Sylvan Lake for the extra 1 1/2 miles.

11 months ago

Beautiful scenery, family friendly hike

11 months ago

Fun. Great views

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Thought the trail was great, but the end was underwhelming. The first 3/4 of the trail is beautiful, and an easy to moderate hike, the difficulty picks up at the end a little but the end of it wasn't my favorite.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Not too difficult of a hike, but if you're not used to the elevation, you might feel a little winded. Most of the hike is on a well-travelled path that is easy to follow. I went on a weekday, and there weren't that many people there. There is very little shade and it was around 80 degrees the other day, so I was hot, but it was cooler higher up. I found the hike a little boring at first, except that the view at the end made it totally worth it. Be prepared for some rock climbing at the end...I'm not that incredibly fit, but I found it completely doable with a good pair of hiking shoes.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Take your time and explore!

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Took this hike yesterday. Parked at the lake in Custer State Park and hiked to another parking lot, and started on the actual trail. Not too busy for a fall weekend. The rock at the top is a real scramble but one to the left is much easier. Beautiful views along the way and on top. Our dog loved it. She was able to make it through the squeeze better than I did.

Monday, September 12, 2016

This is a very lovely hike. Begins with a slight incline, becomes moderate, progresses to a somewhat steep gravelly slope, and ends with a fun climb up the rocks through a couple of tight spaces. Panoramic view from the top. There is almost no shade for most of the trail, so be prepared. It took 30 minutes moving slowly to get to the spur. Fast hikers could get to the spur in 15 minutes. Highly recommended!!

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

It was labeled strenuous on the trail markers but I would say it was easy to moderate. Breathtaking vistas. We connected it with Sylvan Lake and it was great.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Very nice views. Easy at the start but gets tough at top. The last 200 yards are steep climbing on solid rock.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Love this trail. Always worth the end result. Some semi-steep rocky area near the top. awesome views all the way up. Must hike trail in the immediate area along with Harney and Sunday Gulch.

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Very pretty hike! The end is more difficult with loose rock and Rick scrambling. But well worth the view!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

We did this trail coming back down from Harney. This trail is a little less travelled and just as great as the Harney Trail #9. There are portions of the trail that have trees across the trail but they were easy to get around/go over. I'd take this trail to get to Harney Peak next time.

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