Black Elk Peak – the South Dakota high point at 7.244 feet, one more high point checked off the list.
We’ve done a lot of
low high points (*cough* Florida, Iowa *cough*) just because they’re high points, but this is one that’s worth doing even if you’re not a highpointer.
8.29 miles and ~1900 feet of elevation, we’re almost as high as home!
Half of the hike is fairly open and dry mountain hiking, with the other half being lush forested trails. We saw a sign on the 76 Trail in Spearfish talking about the magical aura of the ferns, so that was our joke for the wet side of this hike.
The side trip off to hit Little Devils Tower is a total disappointment, we would both recommend skipping it completely if you’ve already been to the real Devil’s Tower. The other downside is the amount of traffic, even on a Tuesday morning off-season. Don’t expect solitude.
Overall though – two thumbs up. A high point, nice trails, and amazing views.