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Medicine Mountain
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Medicine Mountain

 
Medicine Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: South Dakota, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.91130°N / 103.7135°W

Object Title: Medicine Mountain

County: Pennington

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 6878 ft / 2096 m

 

Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Jul 8, 2012 / Jul 8, 2012

Object ID: 799283

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Overview

 
Rocky Summit Area
Rocky summit area


Medicine Mountain is a pretty and petite little peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It features stunning, open views of surrounding hills from its rocky summit and the wildflowers are amazing in the springtime. The mountain has a nearby Boy Scout camp named after it, has its own USGS quad, and is said to have some of the oldest exposed rock in the region.

Stands of pine (some ravaged by pine beetle) are interspersed with open meadow and the mountain, while lacking a formal trail to the summit, is apparently midly popular not only with local scouts but also by residents of and visitors to the surrounding communities. Medicine Mountain is a great place to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills without the crowds of the Harney Peak area.

Rank: 11th highest peak in South Dakota
Prominence: 338 feet
USGS Quad: Medicine Mountain
Planning Maps: Trails Illustrated #751 Black Hills North & #238 Black Hills South

Rank & Prominence Information: Lists of John

Getting There

Views from the open southern slopes


Views from southern slopes (a)
 
Views from southern slopes (b)
 
Views from southern slopes (c)
 
Views from southern slopes (d)
 


Medicine Mountain is approximately 12 road miles from Custer, South Dakota. Have good planning map or Gazatteer to locate this trailhead. This trailhead should be accessible to most passenger vehicles in dry conditions. The roads are graded and well-maintained.

I will post a simple route page, complete with GPX file, shortly.

Red Tape

 
Wildflowers
Wildflowers on the slopes


Generally, there is relatively little red tape in this area. There is no fee to visit this part of the Black Hills National Forest and permits are not required for parking or foot travel.
Please follow LNT (Leave No Trace) principals:

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors


Enjoying the rocky summit area

Rocky Summit Outcrop
Wildflowers on the slopes
On the summit
Wildflowers on the slopes
Rocky summit outcrop
Wildflowers on the slopes

Camping & Lodging

Views from the summit of Medicine Mountain


Views from the summit (a)
 
Views from the summit (b)
 
Views from the summit (c)
 
Views from the summit (d)
 


 
Down the southern meadow
Down the southern meadow
 
Up the southern meadow
Up the southern meadow


Rustic Camping
A nearly unlimited supply of rustic backroads camping is available on a first come, first served basis on Forest Service roads near Medicine Mountain. Haul your own water and pack out what you pack in.

Designated US Forest Service Camping
The US Forest Service operates three campgrounds (Custer Trail Campground, Dutchman Campground and Whitetail Campground) at the nearby Deerfield Reservoir, 20 miles west of Hill City, South Dakota. This USFS page provides more detail.

Custer & Hill City
The nearby towns of Custer & Hill City provide a wide range of lodging options, from Mom & Pop campgrounds and simple motor lodges to chain hotels and upscale vacation homes.

Weather & Seasons

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Climate Hill City
Source: U.S. Climate Data

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Fern in rocks
Fern in rocks

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