Distance: 1m round trip | Surface: dirt, gravel | Elevation: 270ft
This is a very easy trail with a moderate elevation increase. At the high point of the trail, there is an unmanned fire tower. The panoramic views are breathtaking.
From Hot Springs, take Hwy 385 north until you reach Hwy 87. Take that north about 8 miles to Rankin Ridge.
From Custer, take Hwy 16a east. Go through Custer State Park entrance gate. Take Hwy 87 south for about 13.