Little Devils Tower is a hiking trail in Custer County, South Dakota. It is within Custer State Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 6,686 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 325 feet. The trail ends near Little Devil's Tower (elevation 7,001 feet). There is also a viewpoint near the end of the trail.
Little Devils Tower Professional Reviews and Guides
"A fairly steep hike up a spur trail, winding through pine forest and ending atop Little Devils Tower among incredible rock formations and views. The trail provides an easy to moderate ascent for the first mile, then descends gentlyto the Midway area by Lost Cabin Creek, entering the Black Elk Wilderness Area. This area has no facilities.Water from the creek should not be consumed unless purified. During the initial ascent, hikers encounter a rocky outcrop with outstanding views of Harney Peak and its surroundings.After the Midway area, the trail ascends once more, reaching a ridge that is fairly flat. About 0.25 mile later the Norbeck Trail #3 joins the trail from the right (south). Continue north following the “#9” blazes on trees. The final ascent of about 1 mile is steep with several switchbacks."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
"A short, pleasant walk through woods with the option of returning along the same path or connecting with the Cathedral Spires Trail to Harney Peak. Follow Trail #4/Little Devils Tower Trail east for about 0.75 mile, crossing two smallstreams and walking through stands of quaking aspen and Black Hills spruce. In the right season, wildflowers such as Rocky Mountain wild iris abound. At the first trail junction, hikers have a choice: The trail to the right stays on Trail #4 and leads ultimately to Harney Peak.By taking the spur trail to the left, one accesses Little Devils Tower. The spur trail begins almost immediately with a fairly steep ascent through ponderosa pine, low-growing juniper, and rocks that look like pancakes turned on edge and stuck in the ground.The trail then makes a sharp left turn through what appears to be a cave."
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