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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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Presidential Trail, Mt Rushmore
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

Quick hike that you must do when at mt Rushmore. Unfortunately you can't do the entire hike in the winter months due to icy steps. Offers great views though of the Presidents.

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Little Elk Creek Trail
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a great hike. The location listed here on allTrails is a bit off though. The trail is actually South of what is depicted on here. You need to go south to just north of the next exit to the south (exit 44, a couple miles south on sturgis rd). The first dirt road north of exit 44 on the west side of the interstate is called little elk creek road. Turn west on that and go a few miles until it dead ends at the parking area for the trail head. The trail starts off very easy on an old dirt road that follows a small creek. There are great sights all along the way. It eventually gets a little more rocky and offers other great scenery. It is an out and back trail so we always have the hardest time deciding where to turn around because there's so many great sights. Eventually we'll make it all the way. There is the option to drive around and park on the back side to start. We might try that next time in order to see the whole trail. This trail is great for mountain biking too. The rocky part is challenging but I walked that portion and really enjoyed the rest of it.

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Buzzard trail and loop
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

Fun quick trail. If you do this one, you have to make sure you go all the way to the top. The view is great. I almost made the wrong turn and missed the short leg to the top. Fun hike and even better for mountain biking. The switchbacks on the way down are the perfect difficulty for my fairly novice skill level.

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Spring Creek Loop Trail
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a very easy hike for the family. Not many ups and downs. We took 3.5 hours to complete the loop but could've been done much quicker if it wasn't for a tired 3 year old (she was able to navigate the trail by herself the whole way though). There are a couple of spots that open up and have great views but not as much as other hikes in the area. The three star rating is based on a bored mom and dad (not a lot to look at) but perfect terrain for the kids to be able to go it on there own.

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Boulder Hill
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The northern tracks dead-end about half-way up. Definitely not traveled enough to be considered a "trail." Easy enough to find the peak, though, since you just hike south and up. 40 minutes up and 25 minutes down for me.

If you're looking for a trail, it'd probably be better to start at the dirt road to the south west and hike up it. Maybe also take the spur to the south west; I haven't checked that out yet.

The view is great. Definitely worth coming out here. You will have to climb some boulders at the top. I wouldn't say "Hard" difficulty is appropriate (unless you're coming from the north).

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Flume Trail
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21 Completed 5 Reviews

Haven't hiked this trail in a LONG time, but LOVED hiking this trail as a child. So many great views/tunnels/exciting things to see. (:

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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint
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18 Completed 8 Reviews

I hiked this trail with my dad a long time ago; however, I am going back in a few weeks to do it again! I can't wait to get to the top of this trail! I remember the view being amazing!!!

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Willow Creek Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

Great day on this trail!! A little wet and muddy in spots due too the 2.5' of snow the week befor! The falls was a rolling that's for sure!

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Willow Creek Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

My kids (5&8) and I completed this trail on May 17, 2015. This is a great trail for all ages. Trail conditions were a little bit wet, due to heavy snow falls a week prior. The creek was running full steam and the waterfalls was beautiful.. Quite a few down trees from the winter storms and Highwinds, we just call these obstacles and more of an venture.

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Lost Cabin Trail
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6 Completed 2 Reviews

Not a bad trail! It is quite the workout when working up the incline, but has some pretty views. Very sad how much devastation the pine beetles have caused and it could use some clipping as there are a lot of saplings that are growing over into the trail, but an overall great hike!

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