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Lost Cabin #2

Intermediate

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3.8 mile 6.2 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,418' 432 m
Descent: -222' -68 m
High: 6,400' 1,951 m
Low: 5,202' 1,586 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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Trail shared by Charles Danforth

A rarely-used trail to access South Dakota's most popular trail system.

Charles Danforth

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Make sure to grab a self-service wilderness permit at the box near the trailhead or the upper end of the trail.

Description

The Lost Cabin Trail runs from Palmer Canyon Road near Hill City up to the uber-popular #4 / Black Elk Peak Trail 0.6 miles from Sylvan Lake. After an initial 0.3 miles through rolling meadow, it climbs steadily through open forest with occasional views and frequent switchbacks for 2 miles to a ridgeline and the wilderness boundary.

Once in the wilderness, the trail runs past many stone needles with views of the Pinnacles and Black Elk Peak. A final climb up 0.5 miles of narrow trail brings you to the well-traveled trail from Sylvan Lake.

Mostly the trail is narrow, overgrown, and eroded. As a descent route, it is fun (though it leaves you with a few miles of dirt road running if you didn't park at the trailhead). As an ascent, it would be a long slog up challenging terrain, which is just steep enough to be a really exhausting run. However, it allows you to connect a few other fun trails in the area and make a big wilderness loop including the state highpoint.

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Jul 11, 2019
Charles Danforth
Overgrown in many places, though easy to follow

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