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Take a hike with Custer State Park, which will host the last guided snowshoe hike of the season on March 11 in the Sylvan Lake area.

The 1-mile hike will take participants around Sylvan Lake with the option to extend the hike to a total of three miles onto Trail #9 with views of Black Elk Peak and the Black Hills.

"We'll talk a bit about the history of the lake and Black Elk Peak," said Julie Brazell, park naturalist. "We should have a great view of the peak."

Brazell said that there may be some animals out and about, including white tail deer, birds, squirrels and yellow-bellied marmots if they are not hibernating.

The trail is considered easy to moderate.

"It's pretty flat most of the way, some ascending hills but not strenuous by any means," Brazell said.

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Snowshoes will be provided. Though a snowshoe hike is planned, a guided hike without snowshoes will be held if there is not enough snow. Waterproof hiking boots are recommended.

Interested participants should meet at the Sylvan Lake General Store parking lot. There is no cost for the hike; however, a park entrance license is required and reservations must be made by the day of the hike.

"I think people are really going to enjoy the scenery," Brazell said. "The granite outcroppings, the higher elevation and frozen lake, the Cathedral Spires. The scenery up there is great." 

To register, check out snowshoes or for more information call 255-4515. 

Contact Max B. O'Connell at 394-8427 or max.oconnell@rapidcityjournal.com

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