This 3 mile loop trail begins with a steep ascent through a mature ponderosa pine forest with views of the State Game Lodge and the surrounding area.
The trail follows the top of a ridgeline. At the highest point on this ridge is a rocky outcrop named Lover’s Leap. According to legend, it is on that outcrop that two Native American lovers leaped to their deaths. Mount Coolidge, Harney Peak and the Cathedral Spires can be viewed from this high point. West of the trail is an area that was burned in the 1988 Galena Fire.
The trail continues down the side of the ridge into the Galena Creek Drainage. Once in the creek bottom, the trail crosses the creek many times. The final portion of the trail passes a residential area and follows a gravel road back to the Coolidge Store. From there, a paved footpack leads past the chapel and back to the trailhead.
Location of Trailhead: In Custer State Park, across Highway 16A from the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center, behind the schoolhouse.