Spent quite a bit of time in the Black Hills over the course of my 3 seasons at Wind Cave National Park.
Doublebagged this one along with Harney. Wanted to have an uncluttered summit to stand on and this fit the bill nicely. Short and steep, but worth the effort with some fun scrambling and bouldering at the summit!
Surprisingly beautiful...Surprised to see a handsome mountain goat halfway up...Surprised to meet an 80-year old man on the summit.
The Little Devils Tower trail head was our starting point. We passed people going both ways on the trail. It took us about 40 minutes to get to the top. When we arrived at the top, we were treated to some great views of the clouds rolling in from the east, eventually obscuring our view of many parts of the valley below. Our next stop was Harney Peak.
My wife and I climbed this Black Hills beauty by mistake in July of 1998. Missed the turnoff to Harney Peak! We were still very rewarded with great views and a colony of lady bugs on the summit rocks. Great way to cap off a trip to the Black Hills.
Only one set of footprints preceeded me up and down the trail to the top of Little Devils Tower. The down prints had occasional bloodspots , so whoever went, must have gotten a pretty good scrape near the top. Six to eight inches of snow, plus sunshine and warming temps made the trail very slick coming down. But, it was really beautiful (see photos).