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Hiking the Black Hills Country: A Guide To More Than 50 Hikes In South Dakota And Wyoming (Regional Hiking Series) Paperback – January 1, 2006
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Hiking the Black Hills Country features fifty-six of the finest trails that South Dakota and Wyoming have to offer - from short day hikes to overnight adventures. With this comprehensive guide, veteran hikers Bert and Jane Gildart provide all the information you need to get the most out of exploring this hiker's paradise - from Devils Tower and Mount Rushmore to Custer State Park and Wind Cave and Badlands National Parks.
Look inside to find:
Hikes suited to every ability
Accurate directions to the trailheads
Detailed descriptions of 56 trails, plus brief write-ups of others
GPS-compatible trail maps
Approximate hiking times, difficulty ratings, and mile-by-mile directional cues
Invaluable trip-planning information, including tips on hiking with children
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We found that the distances for virtually all the hikes we did were very far off (miles off, including our longest hike, the Lost Cabin/Harney Peak loop, which was listed in the guide as 8.6 miles but by the count of two different GPS readings was 12.4), and one of the hikes was rated easy when it included several fairly significant climbs. Most disappointing, however, was the fact that one description, that for the Bear Mountain loop, was wholly inadequate/inaccurate, including simply incorrectly describing the trailhead at the boy scout camp, which after 90 minutes of all 6 of us spreading out and searching we simply never found.
I just used this book for two hikes in the Badlands and Black Hills--both were as listed in terms of terrain, views, etcetera, but the mileage listed was way off.
The Badlands loop trail we followed was clocked at 6.6 miles at the trailhead and at 4 in the book. My hiking partner and I noticed the discrepancy and were prepared, carrying enough water and planning for enough time. If someone went by the book they would be entering a hike several miles longer than expected; particularly dangerous given the heat and exposure of the area and the fact that the hike is rated easy.
The Harney Peak loop via the Lost Cabin trail is even more grossly inaccurate re: total mileage. My hiking partner and I are very fit and we set out for what we planned as a nice training hike before a week backpacking in Colorado. Several miles into the wilderness and away from our car we noticed that mileage wasn't adding up to that detailed in the book. We decided to push on, assuming it couldn't be wrong by more than 2 or 3 miles (dangerous enough). By the time we were on our way down from the peak, it had become evident that the mileage was way off and we began to find mileage discrepancies even within the detailed description (the descent is shown as 3.6 mile on the brief breakdown and then there are more than 5+ miles detailed within the written description). We had our headlamps and essentials to get us through a night in the wilderness if necessary but ended up pretty much running down the descent to beat the nightfall (we did, by about 10 minutes). We both ended up nursing our feet through our weeklong backpacking trip. . .
I will use this book again for it's pointers to nice trails and descriptions of the qualities of the hikes in terms of views, terrains, traffic, etcetera. I will count on calculating my own mileage via maps and other sources.
I got more information from just looking through the internet.
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