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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint

Custer, SD

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Sylvan Lake Harney Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Sioux Falls Bike Trail Loop
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24 Completed 20 Reviews

This is a multiple use trail designed with bike riding in mind. The trail is wider from Falls Park area to the Southeast part of the trail as this is a heavy use area. Moderate use is on the West and North sides. The trail does not go through Falls Park, the most scenic part, but is just off trail after going over a railroad crossing going North on the East side. The West /North sides are more open and more challenging on windy days. East and South offer more trees and lots of views of the river. The Northern most tip is where the Flood control diversion channel begins and goes Southeast to a spillway where the diversion channel rejoins the river. Multiple access points to the trail make it easy to get on most anywhere. There are couple of blind corners. One going West from Western Ave under an old bridge. Another is a very narrow passage/blind corner going under railroad on North end at where the Big Sioux and Diversion channel split. The most foot traffic is in the downtown area. Path is very wide there but watch out for pedestrians crossing path without looking for bikes. Evenings you can even spot deer on the Southeast side.

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River Lookout Loop
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24 Completed 20 Reviews

This is a new trail in South Dakota's newest State Park. The trail is being overlaid with gravel this summer and is still under construction. Wildflower and native grass meadows dominate the interior of the loop and Oak forest and river are the features of the East and North side of the loop. Light traffic and a quick outdoor getaway make this a nice trail.

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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint
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10 Completed 10 Reviews

Did this hike with my Wife and kids (then 7 and 9). Great sense of accomplishment for young hikers to climb a mountain. Only complaint was no gift shop at the fire tower on top. we took an alternate route to the top and came back on the main trail so we only saw other hikers on the return.

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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint
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21 Completed 2 Reviews

I took an alternate route starting at Willow Creek Horse Camp which added another 1,000 feet of elevation gain and a round trip of 10.8 miles. It starts out meandering through meadows of tall grass and wild flowers. Then follows below a cliff for a while. From then on cliffs spring up all around you and the views are absolutely amazing. This trail is shared with horses so watch your step. I cant wait to bring my kids here.

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Eagle Cliff Trails
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112 Completed 63 Reviews

So I went on this trail system in early August. While the trails are generally marked well, there was often no trail. I think this is a great snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing site, but not necessary hiking. As far as I could tell, everything marked EASY (south side) was just a worn down vehicle path. Everything that was marked HARD didn't exist, the sign was there, but no trail, just 4-foot tall grass; to me, that isn't a trail. I would encourage winter sports enthusiasts to give this a go, but otherwise, I was a bit disappointed.

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Roughlock Falls
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112 Completed 63 Reviews

This is a great 1-mile path leading to a beautiful waterfall. An alternative, of course, if to park by the falls and just walk up to them, but I think parking in the lower lot and walking the 1 mile is worth it. The rocks and canyon wall on the north side of the road are great! At the falls, there are ramps and rails that allow anybody to check it out (including wheelchairs). There were at least three levels to see: a lower level from the bottom of the falls, a middle level where the water starts to pour over, and the upper level where you can see the falls from the top. Very cool.

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Little Spearfish Trail
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112 Completed 63 Reviews

In early August, this trail was full of flowers and lovely flora. In a few parts, the trail was tough to see because of overgrowth, but it was always there, you just have to kick through some of the green to pass through it; I could tell the trail isn't used an awful lot. If you take the trail counter-clockwise (from the trailhead), the first mile is full of beaver dams along the creek. It then slowly ascends into a wooded area. We saw mushrooms, raspberries, and more. The elevation gains and drops are pretty easy. In general, a pleasant hike around the area. Be sure to check out Roughlock Falls on your way to this trail!

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The Door, Window, and Notch Trails
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30 Completed 30 Reviews

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Presidential Trail, Mt Rushmore
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14 Completed 15 Reviews

Nice boardwalk trail to get you closer to the base of Mt. Rushmore. It has signs along the way that go into detail about/feature the individual presidents. At the end there is a studio to visit before heading back up to the main area/visitor's center.

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Lost Cabin Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I combined the Lost Cabin trail with the Harney Peak South and North trails for a great loop. The Harney peak from Sylvan Lake was crowded but but the rest of the loop I only met 2 other hikers. It was a great mix of scenery and terrain. 4 stars instead of 5 due to the heavy use from the horse camp on the north end. Watch your step! The link is to my tracks.

http://alltrails.com/tracks/wed-06-aug-2014-01-47

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