July 19th, 2017 – This morning we set off to do the prime reason for our trip, to climb South Dakota’s highest point: Black Elk Ridge. Luckily for us, our campsite had a connecting route leading to the peak so we didn’t need to drive off anywhere nor pay the $20 to use Custer Park’s trail head.
The entire route there and back was 9.4 miles, and took several hours to complete. We got a lovely view of the entire black hills during our hike and were rewarded with a nice breeze to cool us down from the hike. After eating some food, and taking a short rest, we walked back to the trail head to re-hydrate with some water mixed with Powerade.
It was still light out so my fiancee and I decided to go to Crazy Horse Memorial for dinner then left to camp at the city of Hot Springs.