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“Great Trail”

Ranked #8 of 38 things to do in Custer
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Canon City, Colorado, United States
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5 reviews
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“Great Trail”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Short Trail. Worth the hike. It was cold and rainy the day we visited, but we hiked to the top anyway. Wish we could have seen the view, bu the hike was good anyway.

Visited June 2014
Thank Janice B
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Orlando, Florida
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“Candle wax stalagmites?”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

During a brief tour of the monuments, the Holiday Inn Downtown staff recommended Needles Highway, where we discovered Cathedral Spires Trail. We came across this delightful surprise when unsuccessfully trying to find Wind Cave. Approaching from the south, sharply rolling hills turn into towering spires that resemble stalagmite-like candle wax dripping along the side of a bottle, presumably inspiring the name, Needles Highway. We came across two precariously narrow one-lane tunnels, a motorcycle entered what was designed for the anorexic. There are several parking areas along Needles Highway, including the CS Trail. In near 100-degree heat last August, I walked amongst these towering "needles," ever mindful that gravity is non-negotiable for loose rock fragments. These phenomenal natural rockscapes have forever sewn up my impression of the region.

Visited August 2013
5 Thank DeanMurphy2020
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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“A must trail to hike”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

So beautiful and relatively easy through the forest back to a stream and group of l. pines not found in many locations. The rock formations are awesome.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank P1437
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“Fun hike - easy if you're from Colorado!”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

We wanted a nice moderate hike our our last visit to the Black Hills and found the Cathedral Spires Hike. Pretty easy most of the way - a short area had some rocks to get over - but was easy elevation gain and about 2 miles round trip.

It was fun to be out among the spires, we stopped to watch climbers on the rocks marveling at their skills. It is fun to get to the top - you'll know you are there when you see the sign on the tree that says "End of Trail"!!!

Our only complaint is signage at the bottom could have been better showing us that we could have connected to some other trails a little more than halfway up. Oh well, next trip!

Visited September 2013
4 Thank skycolorado
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“Loved the trail....just watch for the trail markers”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

I did this trail and it was great. Starts out flat, then you start the slow, steady march upwards. At one point near the end of the hike, you have to climb up and around and onto huge rocks, so some upper and lower body strength will help to get you there. I did wander off-trail when I missed one of the blue markings and knew pretty quickly that I was not somewhere I was supposed to be. Hardly any other people on the trail (it is early fall, very light visitor population).

Visited September 2013
4 Thank rmwhitt
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