The proposed route would start at Hill City, travel west toward Palmer Gulch and then connect to the Big Pine Trail Head west of Horsethief Lake. The route would then cross Hwy 244 and travel around the Breezy Point Picnic Area and the Wrinkled Rock Climbing Area before entering into the NPS’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial boundary. The trail would then travel along Hwy 244 until connecting into the trailhead area across from the Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s Parking Structure.

The Forest Service will prepare the EIS to move the connector route vision forward by further analyzing the route provided in the Special Use Permit application.

Click here to view the Forest Service EIS.