Ascent of Bear Butte on 2009-05-19

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bear Butte
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:4422 ft / 1347 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the intersection of SD-79 and SD-34 on the NE side of Sturgis, I headed N on SD-79. After about 3½ miles I turned R (E) toward Bear Butte State Park. Signs identify it as the "Education Center". The turnoff is across the highway from Bear Butte Lake. After 0.3 miles, the road enters the park at a self-service pay station where I paid the required $6 per vehicle. A couple of signs after this point warn that buffalo are dangerous and to remain in your vehicle. A total of 1.0 miles from the highway, the road ends at the parking lot of the Education Center, which is actually just an Indian museum.

A well-maintained park trail gains 1200' in 2 miles to the summit, which is crowned by a wooden platform with interpretive signs.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1072 ft / 326 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Summit Trail
    Trailhead:Education Center  3350 ft / 1021 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 

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