BEAR MOUNTAIN DRIVE

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A great drive out of Custer South Dakota. Drive deep into the Black Hills in the area of old gold mines and a Forest Service fire tower.

The Bear Mountain Fire Tower is a favorite destination. Trail 293 is an easy drive up, Trail 299. 1C/1K is a challenging drive up.

Trails 284. 1F and 284 .1E although deadends, take you deep into the Black Hills National Forest.

Trail 297. 1F is a nice drive into a mining district. Old mining evidence is visible just off the trail.

During your Bear Mountain drive, keep an eye on the horizon for a glimpse of the Crazy Horse Monument.

You will find a number of historic mines, close to the trail. Watch for the D&R mine, Grand Junction mine, Hard Scrabble mine, North Star Gold mine, Sunset Lode mine, and Pine Tree mine.

Historic ghost towns found in this area include; Camp Custer Ghost town and Sylvan City ghost town. A small amount of evidence remains at each.

If you look carefully, remnants of old cabins and buildings can be see. including the Tenderfoot Creek cabin. There is also some evidence that shows the location of the old Junction Ranger Station.

There are no width restriction trails on the Bear Mountain drive.

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Center map

Decimal Degrees: 43.8026,-103.635

Trailhead:

DITCH CREEK TRAILHEAD

Connecting Drives:

CASTLE ROCK DRIVE

DITCH CREEK DRIVE

FOUR CORNERS DRIVE

JASPER DRIVE

JEWEL DRIVE

TIGERVILLE DRIVE

Links:

Black Hills Playhouse

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