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Black Elk Peak Loop

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Length

7.9 Miles 12.7 Kilometers

87%

Runnable

95%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,380' 421 m

Ascent

-1,380' -421 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

7,154' 2,181 m

High

6,159' 1,877 m

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A shorter loop, great for a day run.

Greg Sage

Overview

No Camping within 1/4 mile of summit. No open fires within the Black Elk Nature Preserve.

This is part of the Custer State Park Area. Entry Fee, or Annual Park Permit is required. Area is closed during the winter months.
This loop run utilizes multiple named trails to go from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak, and back to Sylvan Lake.

This peak was previously known as "Harney Peak."
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildlife

Runner Notes

This trail is not for the faint of heart. Only attempt to run this if you're an advanced runner

Description

This is a great day-trip from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak (formerly "Harney Peak"). The loop takes you up past Little Devils Tower along the Little Devils Tower Trail #4, joining with the Cathedral Spires Trail #4A, and continuing on to meet up with the Norbeck #3 trail to finally reach the summit of Black Elk Peak (7,244').

The return brings you down a different path using the Harney Peak #9 (South) trail. This will allow you to see different views on the way back.

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