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Cathedral Spires Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (17)

This trail tours the huge granite towers of the Cathedral Spires.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

79%

Runnable

6,644' 2,025 m

High

6,228' 1,898 m

Low

426' 130 m

Up

10' 3 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This trail's even surface will allow you to focus less on your feet and more on enjoying the fantastic spires around you!

Description

From the parking lot, follow the obvious trail that heads north toward the Cathedral Spires. The first third of a mile gently heads uphill until you close in on the rock formations. Fight steep switchbacks for the next third until the trail turns east where you'll get a good look at the back of the spires.

A multitude of climber's trails weave their way in and out of the many spires and provide a great look at the strange geometry of the area and hours of discovery. The trail peters out at a series of connected spires called the Picket Fence.

Flora & Fauna

Some of the birds you might see here are the pinyon jay, gray jay, three-toed woodpecker, black-backed woodpecker, American dipper, and ruffed grouse. Introduced mountain goats can be found along with white-tail and mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk, and cougars.

Contacts

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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  4.6 from 17 votes

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#287

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Photos

The view a mile off from the 500' Cathedral Spires
Aug 12, 2017 near Custer, SD
Spire 2 and the Khayyam Spire towering above the trail
Aug 12, 2017 near Custer, SD

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