Mount Rushmore to Horsethief Lake Trail

Custer, South Dakota 57730

Mount Rushmore to Horsethief Lake Trail

Mount Rushmore to Horsethief Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An extremely scenic one-way hike departing from Mount Rushmore and terminating at Horsethief Lake, with access to other trails, some leading to Harney Peak."

Mount Rushmore to Horsethief Lake Trail Trip Reports

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6/22/2006
Blackberry trail within Mt. Rushmore, not repaired, several washouts and slides. Bordering on unsafe. Not reccommended for horses at this time. Outside of Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills National Forest great scenic trail to Horsethief Lake and throughout the Hills.
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5/24/2004
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3/30/2001
This is a great trail to get away from the crowds around Rushmore and explore the Harney Range. I have spotted Mountain Goats from this trail but I was fortunate enough to have my scope along with me. This is beautiful forested country yet the varying elevations allow for fantastic long distant views. If you are fortunate enought to be here on a Sunny day I would recommedn saving enough energy to summit Harney and enjoy a view of the entire Black Hills and surrounding praire. Most trails in the hills here are well marked and easy to follow. A lot of them are navigable through most of the winter as well. When in the Harney range always be prepared for quickly changing weather if you venture far from your vehicle. Spring time can be especially decieving as temperatures can drop from Summer like weather to Winter hail and snow rather quickly.
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Trail Information

Custer
Nearby City
3
Distance
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Topo Map No. 238; Black Hills National Forest Map; USGS Mount Rushmore quad.
Local Maps

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