Legion Lake Trail

Custer, South Dakota 57730

Legion Lake Trail

Legion Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A pleasant 1.5-hour loop hike that climbs a hill on the north side of Legion Lake and offers views of the surrounding area. With lots of potential for a fun family outing, this popular hike combines gentle ups and downs after an initial steep ascent to a ridge; numerous stream crossings exist, though none is too difficult. Hikers should remain alert for poison ivy, which is abundant near 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 remembered. 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."

Legion Lake Trail Trip Reports

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This is a good moderate intensity trail which takes you almost entirely under a semi-dense pine forest. Start the trail (at the end of a typically crowded campground) towards the Right-it will easier going down on the South side. We saw no wildlife along the trail and is was very quiet. We saw one other couple along the path which was obviously well marked and used. You might be disappointed once you get to the top if you were expecting sweeping views of Legion Lake. In fact, there's not much to see once you get to the top. The parking is very sparse at the base of the trail and is limited to approx 4 spots within the campground. Overall, it's a above average trail and pretty but not spectacular.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Best spring through fall
Custer State Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Topo Map No. 238
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