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Poet's Table, SD

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 6,262 feet
Elevation Gain 344 feet
Accumulated Gain 344 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.72
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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14  2018-06-21 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 176
Routes 247
Photos 8,556
Trips 1,989 map ( 16,471 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred Sep, Jun, May, Oct → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:36am - 8:25pm
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A Place To Ponder
by AZLOT69

In 1968 an employee at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park hauled lumber one piece at a time and built a table, chairs, and a bookcase in a remote section of granite high up in the pinnacles of Custer State Park. He was known to spend much of his off work at this location writing poems. The location was only known to a few locals but over the years word of the location spread thru the community but was visited by few.

Destruction of Property
Fast forward to late May 2018, two local girls decided they did not like the table and chairs and proceeded to saw up the furniture and carted it away. Of course, being proud of their work they promptly posted it on social media. They were subsequently arrested and charged with destruction of property. Within days a local carpenter, who had visited the site built a new table, chair, and bookcase, painted it green to match the original, and with permission and assistance of the State Park replaced the destroyed furniture. This was all played out in local media drawing huge attention to the Poets Table.

The hike is still considered a "Treasure Hunt Hike". Without someone guiding who has already been to the location, it is fairly difficult to find. Researching you can find several vague directions. Starting at the Little Devils Tower trailhead which makes it the shortest distance, hike about 300 yards to a faint unmarked trail that leads off to the left. The climb starts immediately steady but not too difficult. The granite monoliths are all around and you must be very observant to find this little hideaway. When you arrive at a saddle that seems to be the top, look left. Between the two granite pillars on your left is a great viewpoint to spot the alcove. From here you can downclimb and ascend to this special place. Combine this with a hike to Little Devils Tower or Black Elk Peak for a full day of hiking.

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2018-06-21 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.

    Permit $$
    $28 annual or $6 per vehicle daily except Custer, $14 per vehicle (7 day) at Custer - more info

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Highway 87 south of Highway 16/285, between Custer and Hill City. Highway 87 leaves Highway 89 and becomes the Needles Highway. Turn left here and go one mile past State Park entrance to the small trailhead on left marked Little Devils Tower. Entrance fee, per vehicle.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Jun 21 2018 4:57 pm
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