Hike to the Cathedral Spires in the Black Hills



3 miles

Elevation Gain

200 ft

Route Type


Added by Ben NoLastName

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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Rock Climbing
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking



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One of my favorite hikes!

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Black Hills. There are so many neat spires and other areas to explore just off the trail! The spires are magnificent!


When leaving from Needles Highway trailhead, hike is steep in some places but beautiful, well worth the effort

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!

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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