Mount Rushmore to Horsethief Lake Trail

Custer, South Dakota

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3 Reviews
4 out of 5
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 Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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

Recent Trail Reviews

6/22/2006
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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.


5/24/2004
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3/30/2001
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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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