Lovers' Leap Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Custer County, South Dakota. It is within Custer State Park. It is three miles long and begins at 4,271 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,649 feet.
Lovers' Leap Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A 2- to 3-hour loop trail passing through pine and oak forest, offering great views at the summit. The Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing Area trail is actually an old, overgrown loggingroad. It is an easy and refreshing hike, and the numerous crossings over the narrow, sometimes deep, creek add to the fun. Six low-head dams exist along the way, some with deep, dark pools lying beneath granite rock formations.Walking this trail is a fun outing for the entire family. In 1927 President Calvin Coolidge and his family maintained a summer White House nearby; as a result, many features in the area bear the Coolidge name. In summer the trail is alive with the vibrant colors of wildflowers; in fall the bur oak and birch tree leaves add a startling gold that contrasts with the green-black of the ponderosa pine."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
"A loop hike that’s a great family outing, with some ups and downs, a few stream crossings, and many wonderful views. With lots of potential for a fun family outing, this hike combines gentle ups and downs after an initial steep ascent to a ridge. Numerous stream crossings exist here, though none is too difficult. Poison ivy can be abundant along the streams. According to legend, Lovers’ Leap derives its name from a Native American couple who elected to end their lives by plummeting from the lofty outcropping of rocks on a 200-foot ridge. Just why the couple leaped to their deaths is not certain. Today a lone ponderosa pine stands among the conglomerate rocks overlooking the sheer drop of several hundred feet. Not surprisingly, the ridge commands spectacular views of the Black Hills."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
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