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Lovers' Leap Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 626 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Nicholas Nicholas Miller
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Kip Harrington
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Bruce Wild
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We went right as advised and this was good advice. Moderate level hike. Uneven trail with some rocks so watch your step especially heading down. We started out with sun and 40 and then got pelted with sleet before finishing in sunlight again. We were hoping to see some Bison but maybe next time.

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Ann Canessa
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This was a great hike!...although the trailhead was a little tricky to find. I went counterclockwise. We saw 7 bison about 40 feet off the trail! It was terrifying and amazing at the same time. The hike has elevation, streams, etc. Highly recommend.

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Steve Williams
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Nice trail. Ran clockwise. Definitely steeper on way up but made for enjoyable run on last 2/3. No people and a few deer.

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Sarah Smith
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Beautiful hike. I went counterclockwise around the loop. I met many families with kids along the way. It was my first hike in Custer and was a great way to start out. I even saw a few bison from one of the ridges (and then up close when I had descended to the road.) The view is worth it to scramble up the rocks to see. If it's windy, hold your ground!

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Billy Strnad
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Kennedy Beyersdorf
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Great trail! Amazing views. There is a rocky area before you start going back down that has an amazing lookout at the top. Highly recommend!

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Eric Belongia
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Barbara Thurman
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4 mile loop with lots of small and medium rocks on the trail. If you start from the State Game Lodge, take the fork to the right and go counterclockwise because it's a more moderate incline to the peak. The left fork is about a mile of steeper incline. Beautiful views throughout the whole hike.

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Patty Shepard
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This hike was a great way to take in the beautiful fall colors. The trail takes you through lots of varied landscapes. Highly recommended!

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Mike Good
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Margaret Watts
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great fall colors and views. saw about 30 big horn sheep along the trail. Not very difficult.

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Dan Hasselbring
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This was a great hike. We went to the left at the beginning, well worth the effort on the front end of this trail. Quite a bit of elevation gain over the first mile and a half or so when you go to the left, but the views are incredible. There is a portion of this trail that is extremely rocky, luckily we were descending elevation. There's a nice stream that winds through the back half of this trail with lots of small waterfalls. You can definitely get wet, if you choose. Very peaceful trail. We saw a bison at the trailhead. Highly recommended.

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Dan Hasselbring
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Dan Hasselbring
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jamie c
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HANDS DOWN MY FAVE HIKE!! soooo much to offer! personal preference; get the hard part out of the way first and go left at the beginning fork! the views are amazing!!!!!! there are creek crossings! we saw a bison close to the end of the trail buuut not a problem! just be safe and enjoy(: by far.. one of the best ever!

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Tom Henke
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Amazing hike.

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Terry Dugan
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Beautiful trail, definitely recommend starting left at the fork and clockwise around the 4 mile loop. Fall colors at peak this trip!

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Lauren Kuschel
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Nice hike! The trail was well marked and easy to follow. Lover's Leap itself was not really marked, so if you see a big pile of rocks, climb it. Nice views from the top. If you enjoy fall colors, now is a great time to go!

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Chelsea Kever
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Beautiful loop trail. Would recommend going left (short but steep) and meandering down the right side on your way back around.

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Molly Tague
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Great colors this time of year!

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Tiffany Howe
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Beautiful!

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