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Centennial On Hell #89-HC

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

10.3 mile 16.6 kilometer point to point
89% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,507' 459 m
Descent: -1,794' -547 m
High: 5,474' 1,669 m
Low: 4,793' 1,461 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Greg Sage

Section of the Centennial Trail crossing Grizzly #7 and connecting to Mt. Rushmore Spur Trail.

Greg Sage

Features Birding · Cave · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Look out for blow-down and overuse/damage by horse traffic.

Description

This trail is singletrack with sections of washout due to heavy horse use, cutting through the heart of the Black Elk Wilderness. Moving north from Custer State Park through the wilderness, you move back into the Forest Service land once past Mount Rushmore. You also have the option of taking the Mt. Rushmore Spur Trail which allows you foot access to the National Memorial.

Because of the wet conditions and heavy horse traffic, several sections near the Grizzly Bear Creek Falls area are heavily damaged and almost impassible. (June-2019)

Flora & Fauna

Deer and other common forest wildlife. Mixed pine and hardwoods for trees, with white aspen common near creeks and streams.

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Mount Rushmore from The Centennial Trail.
Jun 24, 2019 near Custer, SD
Sun breaking through the clouds.
Jun 24, 2019 near Custer, SD
Trail marker - Rushmore Spur Trail.
Jun 24, 2019 near Custer, SD
Trail marker.
Jun 24, 2019 near Custer, SD
Trail Marker - Rushmore Spur Trail
Jun 24, 2019 near Custer, SD
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Jun 24, 2019 near Custer, SD

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