Stockade Lake Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Stockade Lake Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles
416 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running







Hike up through the ponderosa pines. On the top of the ridge you will have a great view of Stockade Lake and the Black Hills. With binoculars you can see Crazy Horse Monument.

26 days ago

Had trouble finding the trail even with the app. Trail was not well maintained.

29 days ago

nothing to write home about but if your staying in the area it's a fun easy hike

2 months ago

Excellent hike near the lake!

8 months ago

We hiked in Nov and there was very little snow. The trail was often rocky with elevation gain but it was enjoyable. The views of the Needles, Stockade Lake and Crazy Horse were cool. There had been lots of tree cutting and down timber, so the trail didn’t follow the map. Could use some maintenance.

11 months ago

the map shows this trail outside Custer State Park, however it isnt. you have to pay park fee to go.. $20 per car. Trail is ok and has some uphill at beginning and nice views.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Definitely not worth the hour drive from Rapid City. The trailhead is a minute or 2 drive past the starting point noted on the app. The sign at the trailhead says only 1.2 miles and that's more accurate. My dog and I did the loop twice and took about 1-1/4 hours. Would have given only 1 star, but there is a very beautiful view of the lake and Hills about half way.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

This was a beautiful, relatively easy trail. We did it with our three kids and they loved it too! Such amazing views! Glorious!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Good trail with steep hill at first. Good views, just under 1.5 miles. Quick.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It's a lot of going up and down. It was nice variety and beautiful views. It was mostly a rock trail, so you have to watch where you're going. I would like to do it again!

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