Lost Cabin Trail

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

Elevation Gain2,896ft
Trailhead Elevation5,042ft
Elevation Min/Max5042/6411ft
Elevation Start/End5042/5042ft

Lost Cabin Trail

Lost Cabin Trail is a hiking trail in Pennington County and Custer County, South Dakota. It is within Custer State Park, Black Elk Wilderness Area, and Black Hills National Forest. It is 5.9 miles long and begins at 5,042 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,896 feet. This trail connects with the following: Lost Cabin Trailhead, Willow Creek Trail and Harney Peak Trail.

Lost Cabin Trail Reviews

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I made the loop from Willow Creek horse camp along the Lost Cabin trail #2 to Harney Peak and then back to Willow Creek on trail #9. It was Monday so I had the whole trail and all of Harney Peak to myself--never saw a soul. The Lost Cabin trail and trail to Harney Peak was all in good condition with only occasional snowy spots. Trail #9--going down, down down was steep, slippery with packed melting snow and quite muddy, but some of the views on that part of the trail were very impressive. It was sunny with a breeze--comfortable for walking in shorts and a t-shirt, but stopping was cool. I started the loop at 8:00 AM and was back at the trailhead--finished by 3 PM. Great wau for me to celebrate my 57th birthday. JK
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The Harney Peak area offers stunning views and a good variety of hiking. Take the Willow Creek trail to Sylvan and back down to Willow Creek via Lost Cabin for a truly scenic hike. You will run into far less people on this trek and there are countless locations to spend a night tucked into the granite walls. For an less strenuous hike start at Sylvan, but expect far more people!

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Trail Information

Black Hills National Forest
Nearby City
Black Elk Wilderness Area
Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Topo Map No. 238; Black Hills National Forest Map.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018