Guides for this trip
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Saturday, June 6, 2015
Fly into Rapid City Airport (RAP) or drive into Rapid City. The best time to arrive is between
Noon-3PM. However, if you can save a substantial amount on your flight by arriving an hour or two later
or earlier, then do so.
Call for free hotel shuttle to
Baymont Inn & Suites Rapid City,
4040 Cheyenne Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57703, 605-791-5151. Built in 2013.
Trail mix distribution
"Before" body composition measurements taken
Go to Take A Hike, 318 Mount Rushmore Road Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 - (605) 342-0608,
1225 Eglin St., Rapid City, SD 57701, 605-342-9033 or Cabela's, 3231 East Mall Drive, Rapid City, SD 57701, (605) 388-5600 for forgotten and
last minute equipment purchase
Go out for dinner at a local restaurant (Dinner cost not included in trip price)
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Second set of "before" measurements taken
All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage.
Complimentary Breakfast at the hotel
Shuttle to Wind Cave National Park
Take a 1-2 hour cave tour (no caving experience necessary)
Head to the Norbuck Lake on the Centennial Trail and begin hiking, elevation 4250'.
Hike 6.2 miles to Highland Creek
Camp Southwest of bison corrals at Highland Creek, elevation 4300'.
Miles today: 6.2. Total miles: 6.2
Possible bailout: Route 5
Monday, June 8, 2015
Hike 10.3 miles on Centennial Trail to Highland Creek in the French Creek Natural Area.
Camp at French Creek, elevation 4700'.
Miles today: 10.3. Total miles: 16.5
Possible bailout: Route 87, Route 5, Route 4, or Wildlife Loop Road
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Hike 4.2 miles to
Legion Lake Frontcountry Campground
Camp at Legion Lake, sites TBD, showers, swimming, and water available, elevation 5200'.
Miles today: 4.2. Total miles: 20.7
Possible bailout: Alt 16
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Hike 6.3 miles to Iron Creek
Hike over hill past horse camp to the Black Elk Wilderness
Hike 1.0 miles on Centennial Trail to trail #1
Hike 2.0 miles on the Grizzly Bear Creek Trail (trail #1) to unmarked pond on the left
Camp at unmarked pond, elevation 5000'
Miles today: 9.3. Total miles: 30.0
Possible bailout: Route 87, Alt 16
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Hike 0.7 miles on Grizzly Bear Creek Trail #1 to the Grizzly trail #7
Hike 3.3 miles on Grizzly Trail #7 to trail #4
Hike 0.4 miles on trail #4 to trail #9, the Lost Cabin Trail
Hike 3.6 miles on Lost Cabin Trail #9, to Sylvan Lake
Hike 0.5 miles to Sylvan Lake Campground, elevation 6000'
Camp at Sylvan Lake Frontcountry Campground,
Site 13, running water, showers, laundry, store available
Miles today: 8.5. Total miles: 38.5
Possible bailout: Sylvan Lake
Friday, June 12, 2015
Hike 0.7 miles on the road the the trailhead of trail #4
Hike 0.5 miles to trail #4B
Drop packs and day-hike 1.5 miles round trip to the summit of Little Devil's Tower
Pick up packs and hike 1.5 miles on trail #4 to trail #9
Hike 0.2 miles on Trail #9 to the Harney Peak Trail
Drop packs here
Day-Hike 1.0 miles to the summit of Harney Peak, elevation 7244'
Hike 2.5 miles to trail #5, Willow Creek Rushmore Trail
Hike 0.9 miles on trail #5 to unmarked campsite just inside wilderness boundary
making sure to get water along the way. The campsite is dry, but there is
water about halfway
Camp at unmarked site inside wilderness boundary, elevation 5250'
Miles today: 8.8. Total miles: 47.3
Possible bailout: Route 87 or 244
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Hike 1.0 mile to Centennial Trail
Hike 3.0 miles to Mt. Rushmore
Miles today: 4.0. Total miles: 51.3
Possible bailout: Mt. Rushmore
Shuttle back to
Baymont Inn & Suites Rapid City,
4040 Cheyenne Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57703, 605-791-5151
After measurements taken
Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in trip price)
This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at
the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew
and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if
this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
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Free breakfast in Hotel
Check out of Hotel
Take Free Airport Shuttle