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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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Notch Trail
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47 Completed 16 Reviews

Short and sweet trail that gets you quickly out of crowds and into the rocks--two relatively flat portion with an easy climb in between. The ladder is super cool and easier than it looks. Allow plenty of time to explore and hang out at the beautiful vista that is the payoff at the end of this out and back trail.

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Spearfish Canyon Highway
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful area, we took the trail off of Cleopatra up to Devil's Bathtub and it was well worth the hike!

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Crow Peak Trail
by Jane B

1 Completed 1 Reviews

My husband and I really enjoyed this trail! We are 50-somethings with moderate hiking experience, and we agree with the description of this trail as "difficult"--- but not too difficult.. The elevation change was quite manageable, though, since there was a nice mix of steep sections and areas of more gradual ascent. Some rocky areas made for tricky walking. I agree with the reviewers who wrote that "you know you did a good hike when you're finished!" It took us about 1 hour 45 min to reach the summit at a steady moderate pace, and it took us about 1.5 hrs to come back down. Great views near the top and, of course, at the summit!
One note about directions: We were a little unsure about how to find the trailhead. It would have been nice to know that FSR 214 is the same as Hidden Gulch Rd. Take Hillview Rd south out of Spearfish, then go left on Hidden Gulch Rd for about 7 miles---parking area and trailhead will be on the left.

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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

the view from the top is worth every step. We were there July 4, 2015 and the trail was BUSY! There were beetle problems and the park has lost a lot of trees to them. This made it very easy to see the surrounding scenery but shade was hard to come by in spots. The peak is made for adventurous souls. Plenty to climb around on or just find a spot to have a packed lunch. It's a fairly long hike and no restrooms or privacy along the way, so plan accordingly during busy season.

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The Door, Window, and Notch Trails
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26 Completed 12 Reviews

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Little Elk Creek Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

The water was up along the creek after over 2 inches of rain on the weekend. Noting approximately 20-30 min in to the hike, the trail was covered by the creek. I had to go over boulders to get to where the trail continued but it was only about 20 yards away. I couldn't see it but knew to stay along the cliff wall. Then about 40 min in the trail splits in a Y with one going high and the other going low. The high trail was pretty clear and then abruptly stopped and dropped sharply down to the low trail. Coming back on the low trail, there were places where I needed to get through boulder fields along the creek. As long as I stayed along the creek bank, I could find the trail. Beautiful scenery this AM and water running high made for wonderful sights and sounds. I would rate it more closer to easy to low moderate, due to the need to get up/down some steep spots and getting over boulder/rock fields. Loved it! (Only went 1 hour out and back)

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Saddle Pass Trail
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

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Medicine Root Loop Trail
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

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Little Spearfish Trail
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7 Completed 3 Reviews

This trail shouldn't even be on here right now. When it's not so overgrown that you can hardly see where the trail is, it is rudely interrupted with logging trails and equipment. There was really only like .5 mile of comfortable hiking. We couldn't even tell where the trail was at several points and ended up having to cut through the middle of the woods in hopes of finding the car again. This "5.7 mile" hike turned into 7-8 miles by the time we finally hit the road and found the trailhead again.

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Little Devils Tower Spur Trail
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9 Completed 5 Reviews

Incredible scenery.

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