Tower Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A popular circuit trail around the base of Devils Tower."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
"A walk through millions of years of the earth’s past as well as more recent human history. The Tower Trail is perhaps the most popular area trail because it most closely rings the base of Devils Tower, and it provides hikers with an almost bird’s-eye view of climbers as they scale the vertical columns. The path wanders through boulder fields and passes through stands of ponderosa pine, typical of other Black Hills vegetation. The trail also approaches columns that have sloughed off over the millennia and which, in turn, have been modified by the weather. Geologically, this trail excites those with a scientific bent and stirs the imagination in all who hike here. Along the way the park provides benches and interpretive signs. About midway the park provides a mounted set of viewing binoculars. The entire trail is paved though is somewhat bumpy. On the southeast side a viewing tube focuses on the remains of the old ladder used in 1893 for the first climb. Pigeons and rock doves wing along the columns, and vultures often mass near the top."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
This is a very nice trail taking you around the base of the tower. It is paved and offers great views of the tower from different points along the way. You will have an up close personal feel from this trail. It has a few slight rises but overall it is a easy stroll. Benches are abundant along the way to sit and take it all in. Timber provides nice shade amd wild turkey feed near the trail. Great!
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