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Re: Deadwood/Mt Rushmore area

Postby Vermont Mike » Thu May 17, 2012 11:29 am

I really enjoyed combining Little Devil's Tower and Harney Peak in a loop from Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park . . . take the Cathedral Spires trail up, climb Little Devil's Tower, continue up Harney Peak, then back down the Harney Trail. Also, +1 on Jewel Cave, more interesting than Wind Cave IMO. Plenty of wildlife in that area, particularly in Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park. Also, if you go to the Badlands be sure to get out and take a couple of hikes. If you only have time for one, I'd recommend the Door Trail; it's very popular but gives you the most bang for your buck.

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Re: Deadwood/Mt Rushmore area

Postby big_red_pride » Thu May 17, 2012 11:53 am

Vermont Mike wrote:I really enjoyed combining Little Devil's Tower and Harney Peak in a loop from Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park . . . take the Cathedral Spires trail up, climb Little Devil's Tower, continue up Harney Peak, then back down the Harney Trail. Also, +1 on Jewel Cave, more interesting than Wind Cave IMO. Plenty of wildlife in that area, particularly in Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park.


+1. I grew up in Hot Springs and hiked that loop including Little Devil's and Harney Peak probably close to 100 times. With the Pine Beetle infestation there it really has destroyed a lot of trees so some of the hike is not a beautiful as it once was. I have been to both Wind Cave and Jewel Cave and enjoyed them both. Enjoy your trip to SD!

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Re: Deadwood/Mt Rushmore area

Postby SpringsHiker » Thu May 17, 2012 12:47 pm

Vermont Mike wrote:I really enjoyed combining Little Devil's Tower and Harney Peak in a loop from Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park . . . take the Cathedral Spires trail up, climb Little Devil's Tower, continue up Harney Peak, then back down the Harney Trail. Also, +1 on Jewel Cave, more interesting than Wind Cave IMO. Plenty of wildlife in that area, particularly in Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park. Also, if you go to the Badlands be sure to get out and take a couple of hikes. If you only have time for one, I'd recommend the Door Trail; it's very popular but gives you the most bang for your buck.

I did this exact loop for the Tower and Harney Peak--excellent! I was able to run a good portion of it. The wilderness feel back in there is amazing. Also agree on Jewel Cave being THE cave to check out. We're just gonna have to agree to agree on all your points :D
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Re: Deadwood/Mt Rushmore area

Postby davebks » Fri May 18, 2012 9:17 am

awesome info!! Thanks everyone! This is going to be a fun getaway!! =D>

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Re: Deadwood/Mt Rushmore area

Postby davebks » Fri May 18, 2012 10:13 am

that is actually great to know, thanks.

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Re: Deadwood/Mt Rushmore area

Postby Mark A Steiner » Fri May 18, 2012 8:59 pm

If you still have more time, don't ignore SW North Dakota either side of the Little Missouri River. Travel north on US 85. Outstanding badlands topography and a few good hikes, including Bullion Butte. More fine trails available at Theodore Roosevelt National Park north of Medora
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Re: Deadwood/Mt Rushmore area

Postby davebks » Mon May 21, 2012 2:59 pm

Thanks again for all the info! Should be a great weekend. I am already getting the feeling we won't be able to do everything I want, but we can always go back.
I was pleasantly surprised that Deadwood is only 6 hours from the Boulder area.

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