Hike to Poet's Table

Little Devil's Tower Trailhead

Distance

1 Miles

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Forest
Scenic

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.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Been here many times

Been hiking up to the table since I was a little kid. Was so disappointed when it was vandalized and stolen. Glad they caught em!

Awesome!!!

Good directions and description to begin your search for sure...but it was tough for us....couldn't find it on our way up to Little Devil's tower but on the way back my wife decided we should try again...Luckily we caught a couple coming down who told us we were close and helped us along. Wonderful place and we got to see the new table and cabinet and leave our mark in this amazing place! Thanks

Who gave them the right to do such an act?

This is disgusting....who gave them the right to do such an act? First the devastating Legion Lake fire now this...why don't they just "kick" the tourist trade in the "teeth" again... https://www.yahoo.com/news/custer-state-park-reopen-monday-trails-still-closed-181311456.html

Distance

1 Miles

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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