The trailhead is just marked by a small sign behind what appears to be an old school house east of the chapel on Highway 16/16A. The trail follows a somewhat steep ascent for about a half mile or more, then gently follows a ridge to the 4,780 foot summit at Lovers Leap overlook. The maps show the creek valley below to be well over 500 feet down.
Eventually, the trail descends into the Galena Creek valley, where one has to make a number of creek crossings - either by jumping or wading. Occasionally, there is a log or plank across the stream. Winter hikes avoid this problem, since you can just slide across the ice. The course of Galena Creek is back toward a junction with Grace Coolidge Creek and back to the trailhead area.
Resources and Links
You can also get much more information at their website, include email links, by clicking here: Custer State Park
The nearby town of Custer also has numerous campgrounds and motels. For more information, click here:
Custer Chamber of Commerce
When you are in Custer State Park, be sure to stop by the Norbeck Visitors Center on Highway 16/16A. They have a wealth of information and advice to help you during your visit to the area.