Hike to Poet's Table

South Dakota Little Devil's Tower Trailhead

Added by Isaac Parsons

Poet's Table is a great hike especially to escape the crowds going up Harney Peak, and perfect when you don't have several hours like you need for Harney.

This hike starts at the Little Devil's Towers trailhead just east of Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. Follow the main trail from the parking lot about 300 yards then there will be an unmarked trail off to the left, it is a beaten path more than a trail. The trail that leads up to Poet's Table veers off the main trail at a relatively flat spot and in between to granite outcroppings. Follow the path up the hillside, there are a few little paths that veer off but they all lead to the main spot, it is a bit of a scramble up the hill, not too steep. There is a green table and a set of chairs and a cupboard full of notebooks and writings along with knickknacks left by people. The table is set in a somewhat flat area at the base of a granite rock outcropping.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Thoughts/Poetry to write to share or not to share with others.
  • Good Hiking shoes
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Year Round

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3 days ago

Many voices

It was a wonderful sensation when I finally found the table. Once there, to see all the quotes and thoughts of other hikers was wonderful. It felt as if I can hear them all talking at the same time. In addition, the scenic view is a major plus!

3 days ago

2 months ago

A Perfect Hike

The directions to find poet's table were easy to follow, and there was still room to be adventurous and explore other connecting trails on the journey. The table itself was really neat and full of inspiring and positive notes to future readers. Glad I found it! Thanks for the suggestion Isaac!

2 months ago

Added by Isaac Parsons

I teach 5th grade in Custer, South Dakota.;

 I love to go camping whenever possible, 20 out of the last 22 months I have camped at least once a month if not multiple times, even in the bitter cold and rain and snow and poor weather. Hiking, backpacking, anything outdoor

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