18.04 miles of isolation, Crooks tower is the 4th highest peak in South Dakota and the high point of Lawrence county. Its basically a boulder on top of a 7137 foot mountain, nevertheless its worth the attempt because any view of the remote Black Hills is breathtaking!
The key point is to take CR231 to 189.4(logging road)for two miles. (CR231 is accessed from Highway 85). Then turn at Crooks Lake. (Crooks Lake is very small and there may or may not be water in it.) The next dirt road is 189.4b. It's a bumpy road. Check your topographical map and you'll see it as the second major hump about 0.5 miles up the road. Getting here is kinda tricky I did it backpacking coming from CR206. I had to look up the actual road directions.
Backcountry Camping allowed in Black Hills National Forest.
"“It's gonna be weird to cut off the thing that's paid my bills all these years. I hope I can keep it as a souvenir.”"