Hike to the Cathedral Spires in the Black Hills

Hike to the Cathedral Spires in the Black Hills

Cathedral Spires Trailhead

Distance

3 Miles

Elevation Gain

200 Feet

Activities

Hiking, Rock Climbing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

The Cathedral Spires are some of the largest rock faces in the Black Hills. They can be seen from the scenic Needles Highway.

This trail starts at the parking lot along the Needles Highway. Follow the trail to the spires. At the end of the trail, enjoy views of Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) to the northwest and the Badlands in the distance to the east.

P.S. Keep your eyes open for mountain goats!

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

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Easy Quick Day Hike

Beautiful hike and an easy hike for the whole family. Great views of the spires and the hills when you get to the end. During tourist season, this is a very popular hike and the parking area is a bit difficult to navigate so be careful for people walking in the road and get there early to get a parking spot!

The writer's table was wild.

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Distance

3 Miles

Elevation Gain

200 Feet

Activities

Hiking, Rock Climbing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Ben NoLastName

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