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Sturgis, South Dakota Map
16 days ago

We loved this hike!! Such a sacred area with spectacular views. We did 1/4 of it two years ago and then completed the whole hike last year. On our way right now to do it again! Be sure and bring hiking poles!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike, scenic wherever you are on the trail, very peaceful. Took me a little under two hours including stops for pictures, talking with other hikers and time at the top to take it all in.

2 months ago

Watch for snakes. Little tree cover and ALWAYS windy. Trails are narrow but in good shape and the view is wonderful.

5 months ago

Was a great hike, but there was still a lot of snow making it difficult to hike in certain parts. Would definitely do it again, but in the spring/summer months.

6 months ago

Took me 1.5 hr going up, 1.0 hr return. Some ice patches on higher elevations. Some damage from recent fire. Amazing views on top. Caution: this is an important native sacred site, desecration has been known to bring bad luck. Walk quietly, do not touch prayer flags.

7 months ago

Good work out and beautiful views

8 months ago

It’s a great work out.

9 months ago

Great hike

Saturday, July 22, 2017

If heights bother you, not the best! Nice trail with great views! Nice trail head!

on Bear Butte

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Awesome hike with a great view

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Very spiritual. Lovely hike!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Awesome trail! I hiked from Highland Creek TH to Samelius TH back in September in 2 days. Word to the wise: it's easier to work your way south on this trail. I docked one star because there were a few spots that weren't marked well but it's not an issue if you know how to use your map and compass. I'm headed out to do a few miles on it again tomorrow and can't wait!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

One of my favorites in this area.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Really cool hike on a well maintained trail. Great view from the top. Its a must do if your in the area

Monday, September 05, 2016

Thru-hiked this trail in May with my friend. We had a friend meet us at pactola trailhead on day three to do a food drop so we only carried three days of food instead of six. It is actually 120 miles not 111 for planning. We averaged 20 per day, more with getting lost in the less marked sections!

All beautiful and very remote, we only saw other humans on bear butte and around pactola and Sheridan lake. Great trip!!

on Bear Butte

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Absolutely relaxing and beautiful views. Rained on us ! We still had a picnic. Let's do this again !

Sunday, July 03, 2016

The views are fantastic! Make sure to take lots of water and wear sturdy shoes.

on Bear Butte

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Great hike, worth it for the view.

Friday, July 01, 2016

A great hike

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wonderful hike! It's a moderate to hard hike. Quite vertical the second half with lots of loose schist rock. Completely worth it though for the view.

on Bear Butte

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Very nice trail

Monday, March 21, 2016

I've hiked this one twice. Moderate hike with a lot of great views. The last time i hiked it was this February, so the description of it being closed until May is incorrect.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Great views of surrounding countryside.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Beautiful hike - bring a big jug of water and a walking stick! Poison Ivy was turning red so it was easy to spot on our hike - seemed a bit steep in places but well worth the work - would hike again if given the chance!

on Bulldog Gulch

Sunday, May 11, 2014

I've never through hiked this trail, but have done the entire trail in sections. It's been a number of years now but it does have some serious water issues, so if you plan to through hike, I would recommend carrying about twice what you normally do. I carry a 100oz camelback normally and would carry an extra 70 oz if I was to do it again. The drought conditions were fairly high when I was hiking it, and I believe they have gone down somewhat. But note that some of the Trails Illustrated (USGS) maps showed streams and creeks where only dry beds remain.

That said, it is a beautiful hike in the northern hills, from about Rushmore north, and I would say it is also much more difficult. The southern portion is more open, less elevation change and a much easier hike all around (more water as well).

There is also a huge prairie dog metropolis at one point and the Black Elk Wilderness was by far my favorite section - very dense and closed.

One last note, on the less traveled sections of the trail, namely the far south and far north, the trail itself can be hard to find. The trail markers are not well kept (if you find one laying over, please prop it up for the next hiker and mark the location to report it) and you may find yourself backtracking at times. Very remote feeling in these areas.

nature trips
Friday, March 28, 2014

Nice drive. All dirt road but smooth. Any type of vehicle should be able to handle this road most of the year. The land is BLM land. Archery hunting is allowed with the appropriate licenses. The are plenty of pull off spots to stop and enjoy short walks or view wildlife. I have seen turkey and deer. There is a seasonal horse camp here that is a US Fee area. There are historical markers along the route. Fort Meade was used throughout the 1800s and into the 1900s a exploration camp, Cavalry headquarters for the war with the Native Americans, and training the US Military in the early 1900s. Today it is the sight of our area's VA Healthcare system to care for our American Veterans. Collecting of artifacts is not allowed.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This is a beautiful hike. Don't plan to take your dogs, they aren't allowed on the trails, also remember it is a spiritual place for the Sioux Nation. You will see prayer flags and ceremonial sweat buildings along the way. I am always at peace and one when I am at Bear Butte.

Monday, December 02, 2013

This was one of my favorite hikes I've done! It might have been the people that I went with, but I still think that it is a very fun and beautiful hike. I went in the early spring and when we were half way up it started to drizzle. By the time we reached the top, it was snowing! It was foggy so we didn't have much of a view, but seeing all the prayer cloths tried to the trees up there was beautiful just the same!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

One of my favorite hikes in the hills. Not much shade so be sure to bring sunscreen and wear cover. Hiking poles might be nice for the descent too. Our kids loved all the rocks and scree covering the trail.

on Bear Butte

Friday, April 12, 2013

I have hiked this trail a few times. There isn't much shade so if its a hot summer day you will want to keep that in mind. Also wacth out for rattle snakes I have seen a couple of them on my hikes.

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