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Mount Theodore Roosevelt

Mount Theodore Roosevelt

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: South Dakota, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.39830°N / 103.7593°W

Object Title: Mount Theodore Roosevelt

Activities: Hiking

Elevation: 5676 ft / 1730 m


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Created/Edited: Mar 30, 2012 / Jul 24, 2014

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Friendship Tower
Friendship Tower at the summit of Mt. Theodore Roosevelt
One of the more interesting peaks to summit in the northern Black Hills is Mount Theodore Roosevelt. The mountain is situated just north of Deadwood, with the summit 1080 feet higher than the downtown area. According to Lists of John, Mount Roosevelt ranks #89 among Black Hills summits, having a prominence of 360 feet. While not a difficult climb, hikers will find not only great views, but also get to see the historic stone tower at the summit. The stone tower provides great views of Terry Peak and Spearfish Peak to the west, Polo Peak to the north and Custer Peak to the south.

Despite its close proximity to the resort towns of Deadwood and Lead, wildlife is in abundance with deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, and a large variety of small animals and birds. As the mountain lion population continues to grow in the Black Hills, they are also seen occasionally in the area. There is a very large aspen grove on the southern slopes leading down to Deadwood and there is a small picnic area at the trailhead.


Friendship Tower Plaque
Mt. Theodore Roosevelt historical plaque
Friendship Tower was built in 1919 as a tribute to Theodore Roosevelt, by Seth Bullock, a well-known figure in the history of the Black Hills. Bullock was a rancher, sheriff, and US Marshall, and was a close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt. Bullock completed the tower after Roosevelt died earlier in the year. Strangely, Bullock died later that same year. Roosevelt, a popular figure in the Black Hills, was later honored as one of the four faces on Mount Rushmore.

In years past, the summit was cleared of trees. But, re-growth over the last few decades has obscured some of the view from the summit. One can still get clear views of various Black Hills peaks. However, the lower view to the southwest is scarred by the remains of the old Homestake Gold Mine.

Getting There & Route to Summit

Mt. Roosevelt Trail
Mt. Theodore Roosevelt Trail
Access from downtown Deadwood is easy. Start at the intersection of Main and Denver Streets, and then go up Denver Street. Denver Street will soon turn into Pine Crest Lane, which is also a forest road, BHNF133. Normally, there is not much traffic, so you may have the road all to yourself if you want to hike up to the trailhead from Deadwood. Around 3 miles up, you will come to a picnic area and parking lot. There you will find the Mount Theodore Roosevelt trailhead.

If you are traveling in from Interstate 90, you can access BHNF133 from highway 85. You can park at that intersection and hike the forest road about 3 miles until you come to the picnic area and Mount Roosevelt trailhead.

The trail route to the summit is well-maintained. At just ½ mile in length, and with a gentle grade, it makes access to the summit possible for almost everyone. There is about 150 feet in rise from the trailhead to the summit. The trail winds through aspen groves and pine forest, and past a boulder field. Part of the view south from the boulder field is quite scenic.

Red Tape

Since this is all public land, there is no red tape, outside of observing campfire safety.

When To Climb

This area is open year-around. The roads to the trailhead are not always promptly plowed, but they are maintained. Summer lightning and winter blizzards will probably be your major deterrents. For the latest weather information for this area, click here:

Mount Theodore Roosevelt - Deadwood Area Weather

Camping and Lodging Resources

Mt. Roosevelt Aspens
Mt. Roosevelt Aspen Grove
The Deadwood area has many hotels, resorts and campgrounds

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce

Deadwood Area Campgrounds

Chamber of Commerce Campground Info

National Forest Camping & Cabins


Terry PeakFriendship Tower PlaqueSpearfish PeakFriendship TowerMt. Roosevelt TrailMt. Roosevelt AspensFriendship Tower Plaque
Mt Roosevelt BouldersMount Theodore RooseveltView to the southwestPolo PeakFriendship tower, colors