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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RT Distance 1 Miles
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Scenic

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So worth the hike!

We tried to follow directions from a book we purchased, and ended up starting from the wrong trailhead. After hiking for about 4 hours, we found these directions, which were spot on! Thank you for helping us to check one of many things off our bucket list. It was more beautiful than we could ever imagine!! Worth the time spent! A peaceful retreat that we can't wait to share with our kids in the future!

The Spell Of The Black Hills

Really steep, but short, hike up from Little Devil's Tower trail. We came the opposite direction (from Harney/Black Elk Peak), but were able to find it due to the well worn side trail. Great view from the top and such a nice set up for getting creative and pensive! It reminded me of Robert Service's "Spell of the Yukon," which I left an excerpt of up there. One of our favorite little hidden spots!

Favorite Hike In The Hills

This is hands down my favorite hike in the Black Hills. It's short but the views are breathtaking and you can do this hike in any season. I highly recommend going in winter when everything is covered in snow, it's amazing!


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