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Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail

Custer State Park, Custer, SD
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Great hike

An easy hike and worth the time! Walking past and around to the other side of the Cathedral Spires... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fort Collins, Colorado
Combine this trail with Harney Peak

We started at Sylvan Lake, went up to Harney Peak on #9, came down #4 (less people) and took detour... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed yesterday

An easy hike and worth the time! Walking past and around to the other side of the Cathedral Spires was a highlight. We were very glad we did it. Got some beautiful pictures and were pleased to get a rubber stamp at the end of...More

Thank anniejensen
Reviewed 3 days ago

We started at Sylvan Lake, went up to Harney Peak on #9, came down #4 (less people) and took detour onto Cathedral Spires #4a. Big day of hiking but worth it. Challenging but certainly not undo-able for this 50+ average hiker.

Thank Julie A
Reviewed 5 days ago

Driving the Needles hwy to get to this trail is half the experience! Amazing! Trail was rated strenuous however my 2 kids and my mother did it and it was enjoyable. Beautiful views of the mountains and "needles" shooting up to the sky! Some steep...More

Thank Kellie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are traveling in Black Hills National Park or going to see Mount Rushmore don't miss the chance to see the Cathedral Spires. They are incredible. Take the Needles highway (be prepared for some very slim tunnels -- one car only, thinnest is just...More

1  Thank Melissa D
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Great hike just off the Needles highway. Trail walks you through spires on each side. Would classify this is a easy to moderate hike. We hiked it early in the day and on our way out the trail was getting busy. Recommend connecting with Trail...More

1  Thank Brasky_Bill
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This is a great hike to do if you are short on time. You scramble and hike up boulders and rocks through massive spires. We did this as an out and back. The way out is all uphill. You most likely want some good knees...More

1  Thank 001010110110101
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This was a great short hike while we were doing the scenic needles highway drive. Both are exceptionally beautiful. Our 7 & 9 year old kids had no difficulty on the hike and really enjoyed climbing on the big boulders along the way. Watch out...More

3  Thank K M
Reviewed 9 December 2016

This was a really nice ride with great scenery. Had a great time would highly recommend. In the area

Thank mariecamp13
Reviewed 15 November 2016

we arrived about 8am went for the hike it took 2 hours up and 2 back it was the most fun seeing great views and the valley from way up there priceless

2  Thank tonyespin
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I didn't do the entire hike because I was alone and never feel that it's good to hike a long distance by yourself. However, the part that I did do had beautiful views every step of the way. The beginning of the trail was not...More

2  Thank francetravel
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I know in Yellowstone bears are an issue - are they on Cathedral Spires trail?
11 August 2016|
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Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
We have traveled to the Black Hills many times and have never heard of bears being present or warned about. There are some isolated reports of black bears wandering into the area but those have been rare. We hike... More
Are pets allowed on the trail?
14 May 2016|
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Response from Dr-Ing-Dchen | Reviewed this property |
Yes, pets are allowed in Custer State Park. See details here on their website for restrictions. gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/rules-regulations.aspx Happy hiking!
If you are not a strong hiker but want to see some great views, can you go part way on the Cathedral Spires trail and still see? How long does it take to do the whole trail and return (figuring a moderate/slow pace)? Thanks :}
5 May 2016|
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Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
The trail starts out without a lot of elevation change. That takes you to the base of some of the spires. From there the trail makes a short but steeper climb and then flattens out again as you head around the back of the... More