Hiking the Strattobowl Rim Trail-- Twice!

While in South Dakota we had pretty warm weather most days and hiking was difficult.  One night after dinner my husband suggested we go check out a short trail nearby.  The boys didn't want to join us so just myself, my husband, and my mother- in- law went to check it out.  

It was cloudy and threatening rain but we thought we had time to hike to the summit and back.... we were wrong!  We no sooner made it nearly to the top than we could see rain coming in the distance.  By the time we made it to the car we were SOAKED to the skin!  Thunder and lightening were all around us. It was quite the adventure.

We talked the boys into going back the next afternoon.  After our hike around Sylvan lake at Custer State Park and a nice lunch in Keystone we convinced the boys to take one more short hike with us.  We wanted to try hiking to the summit of Strattobowl Rim again and promised them that it wasn't very long or difficult at all.

They reluctantly agreed.  In no time we made it to the summit and we learned why it was called was the Strattobowl-- it housed a stratospheric balloon launch back in the 1930's.  The views were even more stunning with the blue skis and sunshine.

Other posts from this trip include:

Driving from Denver to Cheyenne
Where we stayed in the Black Hills
Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Trail
Driving the Needles Highway through Custer State Park
Visiting Mount Rushmore
Our afternoon at the Reptile Gardens 
Hiking Sylvan Lake at Custer State park
Visiting Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo


  1. You live in such a pretty area! Love all your journeys. Hope you are doing well!

    1. Thank you! We had the best time exploring South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, & Nebraska.

  2. What a lovely hike. Glad the boys joined you.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. I think they were glad they had joined us too! Alec read every last word about the balloon launches.

  3. Awesome views. Nice that you were able to get a second chance at it #happynow

    1. We were quite glad to have a second chance at it!

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    1. It was amazing to have views like that with only a 20 minute or so hike!

  5. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!


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