Saint Elmo Peak Trail

HARD 8 reviews

Saint Elmo Peak Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hill City, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
941 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

Steep trail to the top of St. Elmo. Nice rock summit. Great view of Harney and Little Devils Tower.

hiking
4 months ago

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7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

I'm not sure about anyone else but I had a hard time finding the trailhead. I read on another website on how to find it. Not sure if this correct as there were no markers at all. We parked at mile marker 24255 near and "X" mark the spot sign. There is a small little area to park off the road. We crossed a fence and followed a trail. Came to what appeared to be an old road, took a right, walked about 1/4-1/2 mile and found trail again on left. Definitely gets your heart-rate pumping. LOTS of wild raspberries on the trail. Beautiful view!!!

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

One of, if not the hardest trail I've done here. '76 trail in Spearfish Canyon is near the same difficulty. When you're hiking up don't forget to turn around and take in the amazing view. The top has a fantastic view of Harney Peak and Little Devils Tower. I recommend wearing pants or else your legs will get tore up. If you do the hike, have fun!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

One if the best hikes you'll have in the hills. It's a challenge but the view is well worth it

hiking
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Nice short hike. Very steep. Good trail. Low traffic.

hiking
Saturday, May 26, 2012