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Custer Peak, SD

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,984 feet
Elevation Gain 825 feet
Accumulated Gain 825 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.88
Interest Historic & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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13  2018-06-10 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,914 map ( 16,193 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Aug, May → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:35am - 8:28pm
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No 7th Cavalry Here
by AZLOT69

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Named after General George Custer, there is no evidence Custer or anyone from the 7th Cavalry ever climbed this peak. This is one of the most prominent mountains in the northern Black Hills. Early in this century the Mountain Pine Beetle devastated the trees on the mountain virtually killing all of the Pine trees. Subsequent wind storms broke off most of these trees making the landscape resemble the aftermath of a hurricane. In the early 1900's this peak was first used as a fire lookout location, with a permanent structure built by the CCC in 1937-38.

The hike follows a one lane gravel road to the top. With a four wheel drive vehicle you can make it a little further but there is nowhere to park, turn around or pass on the way up which was intended solely for the fire tower employee. You get a few clean views of the fire tower as the hike progresses and surrounding views of the Black Hills are all around. The road serpentine's the mountain and at the top circles the peak before topping out. A few hundred more feet up and you are at the fire tower. On the day we were there, no one was in the tower but we could still walk around the tower deck offering views in all directions. There are several old structures on top as well. Watch out for poison ivy which abounds. Get your fill and return the way you came.

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2018-06-10 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Highway 385, seven miles south of Deadwood. turn west on forest road 216.1. At two miles in the road curves to the right. There is sign here warning no turn arounds ahead. This was our trailhead.
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