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Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail

Custer State Park, Custer, SD
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Surrounded by natural beauty!

The trails leading up to the Cathedral Spires hiking trail are somewhat challenging for some hikers... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Rapid City, South Dakota
Nice Hike -super views

Great short hike. Not too strenuous for the initial hike to the spires. Was fine four our group... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Richard W
Chelsea, Michigan
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

The trails leading up to the Cathedral Spires hiking trail are somewhat challenging for some hikers who are novices but the view of the spires is simply put....BREATHTAKING! Very worth the hour of moderately challenging trails to get here. The quiet surroundings add to the...More

1  Thank crisn834
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Great short hike. Not too strenuous for the initial hike to the spires. Was fine four our group of 4 couples ages 63-70. The last few yards require some scrambling up rocky steps and boulders. Lots of photo ops. Sneakers work fine.

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Definitely worth the hour or so to hike in and back. Beautiful views. We also came very close to deer and mountain goats.

Thank Aimee S
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This is a pretty short hike that we would rate moderate in effort expended. There are many rock steps to climb as you negotiate the trail, but the steps and trail are all easily done if you just take your time. The views all along...More

Thank OutdoorKidz
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Loved the hike, but no special views or anything special to see. We then took the spur trail over to Little Devil's Tower and were blown away by the views there!

1  Thank c3pon
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We went early and found a parking space, in the shade! Mostly uphill going and an easy downhill back. There are some steep and rocky parts of the trail but mostly solid footing. The open meadow near the end of the trail with spires and...More

Thank Chazjet
Reviewed 2 September 2017

I'm an overweight 60 year old and managed the 700 vertical feet with some huffing and puffing but it was worth it. After seeing the spires from the Needles Hwy it was great to be able to walk up into them.

1  Thank conradical
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing. Must do! Somewhat easy. However, it's a big climb up with lots of rocks to climb. Take time to climb on the spires at the top. We had kids ages 13-4. All had a blast.

1  Thank hspence21
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We lucked out and got the one parking spot available at the Cathedral Spires bend. Traffic was crazy during rally week. Strenuous hike, at times climbing up rocks. Lots of wild raspberries to munch on along the way. Beautiful rock spires, worth getting up close...More

1  Thank Amanda W
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Somewhere I read that the Cathedral Spires hike was rated "easy", but soon learned different. It is a short hike, about 1.5 miles each way, but with some significant vertical grade on the trails. Beautiful and well worth it though.

Thank Steven D
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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
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!
4 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