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Little Devils Tower Spur Trail

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Custer State Park

Little Devils Tower Spur Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily 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.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 751 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

No shade

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Reviews (407)
Photos (360)
Recordings (261)
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Paul Baker
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hit it early today. great hoke beautiful all along the trail. Started at Sylvan Lake. the scramble near the top was more than worth it.

The Adventurous Dad
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Hiking

Great family hike! We loved it!! Pushed us just enough (daughter is 6 and boys are 9 and 11). A tad hot at times, but the view at the end is totally worth it. Go in the morning and it’s cooler and less traffics. We got to trailhead around 8 and it was easy to park and nice and cool. By the time we got back from the hike around 1130 there were no places to park and super crowded.

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Jonathan Nemeth
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Hiking

Very good trail. Strenuous at the end. Would recommend good hiking shoes.

Bruce Laney
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Hiking

Great trail for our family of five. Enough difficulty for myself and our fourteen year old but doable for our nine and seven year olds.

Luke DeBoer
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Hiking

Positives: some people but would consider it lightly trafficked considering the time of year, good workout type of hike without being difficult, kids loved picking rocks along the trail, awesome views towards the top. Negatives: not much shade for most of the trail, gets a bit difficult towards the top. Overall: my family and I loved this trail.

Emily Wenner
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HikingScramble

The amazing views are absolutely worth the effort!

Jessica Minor
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Cait M.
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Awesome trail! Gorgeous views starting halfway up the climb, and the scramble sections at the top were so much fun. The trail is really playful - great for those up for a bit of an adventure! Very busy trail with hikers of all ages, but with views like these, it’s no wonder! Some short wooded sections but mostly exposed - bring water!

Jack Purcell
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Hiking

Nice trail. Do not try to do a sick jump from one rock to another like I did or you will hurt your ankle.

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Oren Lewkowski
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Hiked this trail this morning to watch the sunrise and wow it was amazing. The trail was pretty well marked and only had to scramble a little at the end. The views were spectacular and I saw some deer while hiking along the trail

Doug H
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Hiking

Awesome hike with varied terrain. It’s a little confusing to navigate once you get to the scramble at the top. The views before the scramble are almost as good. Really breathtaking.

Julie Schad
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Lisa M.
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Hiking

Loved the views from bottom to the top. Hiked with daughter and son-in-law and grand children aged 6, 3, and 20 month old (in back carrier). They all did great although only the 6 year old and mom did the scrambling to the top at the end. Highly recommend as a family day.

Lane Chapman
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Absolutely loved this hike. It was a hot day - started at 845 but was still sweating - and not a ton of shade on the trail. But the incline is pretty mild until the end, but certainly doable for people of all fitness levels. We did Little Devil’s Tower on the way down (it’s on trail #4) - it’s a scramble but the views were great. Highly recommend adding this on. The views at the top were amazing - the views along the way were great, too. We preferred the views on trail #9 (we took #4 down). I will say the bugs were really bad. Lots of flies swarming dog and horse poop on the trail. Pretty gross. Overall a great trail and definitely worth doing!

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Sherry Geyer
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HikingRockyScramble

Well maintained trail with great views. A good combination of sun and shade. Mostly uphill trail and all rock scrambling at the very end to get the top for the payoff views. Kids and elderly will really struggle with getting to the top with the slick rocks.

Amy Foy
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Travis Kamm
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Kyle DeFranceschi
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HikingFee

Trail is well maintained. We got to the trailhead at 0730 and the parking lot was nearly empty. By the time we finished at 11:00, the parking lot was packed with many cars circling. Took a detour up Little Devil towers. Worth it.

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Maggie W.
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Magnificent view of the black hills and spires! Beautiful! Worth the little bit of rock climbing at the end/top.

Megan Moravec
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Hiking

By far one of my favorites!

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Andrew Shortslef
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Hiking

started around 545am. started going up trail 9. fantastic morning weather. couple of people on the trail. lost gps connection heading down. quite a few people later in the AM on trail 4. the trail is very easy to find, even in the LDT spur. blue paint leads the way. Nice little cool down around the lake at the bottom.

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Shanna Miller
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Brought my 4, 6 and 8 year old and they did great! The rocky scramble was a little more then I anticipated though! Nice trail - only gets steeper towards the last .3-.4 miles.

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Gina Grant
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Beautiful trail. We saw mule deer and a turkey vulture. Climbing the rocks was fun but challenging. View at the top was breath taking!

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