Black Elk Peak (South Dakota) 17-Sep-2019

Black Elk Peak (its name was changed from Harney Peak in 2016) is the highest natural point in South Dakota. It sits in the Black Elk Wilderness west of Rapid City, South Dakota. Although not directly part of Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy, we included it in our roadtrip because it offered a good hike, one we’d done before in 2003 (during our highpointer days).

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Castle Trail (Badlands National Park) 13-Sep-2019

As part of our homage roadtrip to explore a part of Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy, we did a lollipop loop hike in South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. The park spans some 242,756 acres (982.4 km2) but there are developed trails only in its southeast corner near the visitor center. We elected to start at the Fossil Exhibit Trailhead, go east on the Castle Trail to its junction with the Medicine Root Trail near the Old Northeast Road, and then loop back on that trail (and the Castle Trail) to our starting point.

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