Trail 4 (Cathedral Spires) June 2006

Home Private: Forums Highpoint Discussions South Dakota-Black Elk Peak Trail 4 (Cathedral Spires) June 2006

Viewing 1 reply thread
  • Author
    Posts
    • #7672
      highpointersclub
      Participant
      [Ed: Imported from Americas Roof ‘Summit Trip Reports’ forum]
      [By: C. J. Vassar on June 20 2006 at 10:28 PM]

      Listed in Holmes book as “Alternate Route I”

      Route 4 no longer connects to Sylvan Lake Trail (the route 4 loop was split last year, 2005, into two, one-way, spurs.) This is posted at the trailhead; however, looking at the trailhead map (not a topo) a ‘reasonable’ person would assume a simple bushwack (1/8 mile or less) would lead North into Sylvan Lake Trail. IT DOESN’T.

      In actuality the spur was intentionally diverted to the east where it terminates and a large; heavily wooded ravine would need to be crossed to reach the Sylvan Lake Trail to Mt. Harney (difficult, though not impossible.) The actual (old) trail is heavily obscured by the rangers and about 400 chords of wood are ‘scattered’ on it to discourage anyone attempting to hike it.

      If you must, it is about 1000′ from the terminus and runs West to the edge of the ravine before crossing. However why? Clearly erosion control is in place and it only adds about a 1/2 hour to do both one ways spurs and see some awesome rock formation while in the Black Hills. Any serious climber could do both routes and Mt. Harney (round trip) in 4 hours.

      I highly recommend doing Cathedral Spires first; doubling back (via car) about 3 miles to the Sylvan Lake (route 4) trail and doing Mt. Harney.

    • #7673
      highpointersclub
      Participant

      Route 4 correction

      [Ed: Imported from Americas Roof ‘Summit Trip Reports’ forum]
      [By: C. J. Vassar on June 20 2006 at 10:38 PM]

      Sorry I should proof before submitting – Trail No. 4 (Harney-Sylvan Lake Trail) FROM SYLVAN LAKE DOES connect to Trail No. 9 and DOES leads to Mt. Harney. The South end of the old loop CATHEDRAL SPIRES no longer connects to North portion of Trail No. 4 (two separate spurs) and CATHEDRAL SPIRES (Alt. Route I – Holmes) is not an option to get to Mt. Harney w/o going off trail.

      Sorry – hope that is clearer. I guess the morale is don’t 2nd guess the sign at the trailhead.

Viewing 1 reply thread
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.