Hell Canyon

Hell Canyon Trailhead Custer SD

Hell Canyon Trailhead Custer SD

What an amazing adventure that lies within the Hell Canyon Trail (Trail #32), south of Custer.  This trail is a 5.3 mile loop and, if taken in the Spring, the beauty that lingers among the flowers, trees, and animals is incredible.  There is also a 0.3 mile spur trail that will take you to an overlook.  The entire trail sits between 5,000 and 6,000 feet in elevation.

Hell Canyon aftermath of Jasper Fire

Hell Canyon aftermath of Jasper Fire

In 2000 the Hell Canyon Trail was entirely burned in the Jasper Fire.  The remains and regrowth of this fire are very evident for the entire hike, as well as along the drive through this area of South Dakota.  The fire burnt over 83,000 acres in a very short time.  The cause of the fire was established to be from arson.  In looking at the damage to Hell Canyon and its surroundings, the reminder to practice fire safety hopefully seems only obvious and essential.

Who should hike on the Hell Canyon Trail?

Hell Canyon Custer SD

Hell Canyon Custer SD

The Hell Canyon Trail is available for hiking, horseback, and bicycles.  No motorized vehicles are allowed on this trail.  A small portion of this trail is a bit of a climb, but overall this is a very easy hike.  The views from the fire, and also the natural beauty of the Black Hills will make excellent keepsakes in your photo albums or hanging on your walls.  This hike can be finished in only a couple of hours or can be stretched to an all day event.  The overall relatively flat terrain make this a great hike for children of all ages.

Hell Canyon storm

Hell Canyon storm

 

 

A friendly reminder to hikers, especially those in the Southern hills, storms can build and arrive quickly so hike prepared!

2 thoughts on “Hell Canyon

  1. For the most part had a good hike on 4/19/14, until I got to the northern end of the trail, then lost the trail and ended up following a cow path. fortunately found the forestry road and followed that to the outlook and then found the trail again and hiked back to the trailhead. Please look at checking the trailmarkers and having some replaced or put in.
    Other than that, was a good day and a great trip. thank You.

    • What a wonderful hike! I agree though, more markings would be great on this hike, as well as with many hikes within the Black Hills. I would love to get involved with making that happen. I’m glad you enjoyed the hike and thanks for the comment!

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