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Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail

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Address: Custer State Park, Custer, SD

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Great Short Hike

This was a great short hike while we were doing the scenic needles highway drive. Both are exceptionally beautiful. Our 7 & 9 year old kids had no difficulty on the hike and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
K M
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Salt Lake City, Utah

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great short hike while we were doing the scenic needles highway drive. Both are exceptionally beautiful. Our 7 & 9 year old kids had no difficulty on the hike and really enjoyed climbing on the big boulders along the way. Watch out for ticks in this area. We found one in our jacket and another woman we... More 

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Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This was a really nice ride with great scenery. Had a great time would highly recommend. In the area

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

we arrived about 8am went for the hike it took 2 hours up and 2 back it was the most fun seeing great views and the valley from way up there priceless

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harrisburg, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I didn't do the entire hike because I was alone and never feel that it's good to hike a long distance by yourself. However, the part that I did do had beautiful views every step of the way. The beginning of the trail was not difficult and anyone could do it. There is good parking at the Cathedral spires hairpin... More 

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Frankfort, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Scenery is great for this hike. It's not a crazy hard hike, kids could do it. The smell of the pine needles were amazing.

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Chanhassen, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Park at the Cathedral Spires trail head and take a walk back in. It's only about 2.5 miles round trip. It has a couple spots where you need to scramble over some rocks, but it's really not too bad. Once you get back in the canyon you will be glad you did it.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Not too long, and some stiff climbs in a few places. But the reward at the end is very cathedral-like. Keep going to the end where the views out to Harney peak and other places are the best.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Off of Needles Highway, this trail is a beautiful way to start your day. This isn't for people with bad knees, though, as there are quite a few rocks to hike up (and then back down). The trail is where the beauty lies, not at the trail end. Often people hike towards a pretty end destination, but on this trail... More 

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Wall, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Take this short route to the top of Harney Peak for a breath taking view of 5 states. The trail goes through the Needles Area en route to Harney Peak. You get great views of the Black Hills.

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Our family really enjoyed this hike and being able to see all the amazing rock formations up close. Our kids are 11 and 9 and really enjoyed the hike. It's definitely not too strenuous and was only about 2 miles out and back.

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