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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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Cactus hills Trail
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30 Completed 26 Reviews

I like this quiet trail as it is a little longer than some of the others at Great Bear if you begin from the parking lot near the lodge. There's a grassy knoll at the top of the trail. Well marked trails. There are other short connecting trails so that if you get bored you can change up your route.

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Skyline Trail
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30 Completed 26 Reviews

This trail leads up to a high point with a nice view to the West and the city of Sioux Falls. A couple of steep portions of the dirt trail make it a little more challenging than some of the others at this recreation area.

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Valley Trail
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30 Completed 26 Reviews

Very Easy short trail. Is a nice quiet trail with a very picturesque pond and footbridge. Saw wild turkeys and signs of other wildlife.

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Sioux Falls bike trail, Skunk Creek Spur
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30 Completed 26 Reviews

This spur trail begins at Sertoma park and goes along the West side of the Big Sioux River and then joins Skunk Creek where it enters the big Sioux. At a good pace you can do this in 40 minutes out and back.

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Riparian Trail
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30 Completed 26 Reviews

This trail goes along the Big Sioux River with nice views of the river, river bluffs and a couple of Massive Cottonwood trees along with a very large maple that creates an arch over the trail. It's a loop that begins more than a mile from the parking area. You must take the Bur Oak trail or another connector trail to get to it. A good workout, Great views, and low traffic make this a great trail to get out for some solitude.

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Badlands National Park
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39 Completed 2 Reviews

Spiritual.

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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint
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28 Completed 4 Reviews

This was one of our favorite hikes. We took trail 4 up, trail 9 back. Do watch for thunderstorms, we were at the top and the clouds rolled in quite suddenly. We got halfway down the mountain and got caught in a thunderstorm complete with hail. At least the terrain on trail 9 was fairly easy and allowed us to pick up the pace! The rain was gone just as quickly as it came by the time we reached the bottom of the mountain and we were soaked to the skin. Our family (kids 18, 12, 9) agreed this certainly made the hike very memorable.

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Sunday Gulch Trail
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28 Completed 4 Reviews

We loved this trail, but definitely recommend hiking it 'backwards'. (Pass the trailhead and use the entrance closer to the reservoir). The views of the rock formations are fantastic at the beginning of the hike, the middle offered a leisurely walk, but the end was our favorite. Climbing up the boulders using the handrails was so much fun, and something different from our usual hikes. Glad we had the handrails to look forward to.

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Hell Canyon Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful scenery, this is a 6 mile loop that I did counter clockwise. The first half was a great trail up on the ridge looking down into the canyon. The second half once you drop into the canyon was very tall grass and the trail was very grown over. I ended up with 2 ticks. This area was burned in 2000 and no trees have grown back since.

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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful views and a trail that didn't keep your gaze downward. We started too late in the day though. Didn't make the peak but was still a great hike!

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