6/27/12 – Major hike to to top of Bear Butte Mountain

by crossrv

We spent 2 hrs and 45 minutes hiking round trip to the top of Bear Butte Mountain.  Unfortunately Jerry’s 2 pictures of the mountain at a distance didn’t take for some reason.  We went from 3400 ft elevation to 4500 feet, 1100 feet in 1 hr 15 minutes, another workout for the lungs!!  The mountain is sacred to many indigenous peoples, who make pilgrimages to leave prayer cloths and bundles tied to the branches of the trees along the mountain’s flanks. Other offerings are often left at the top of the mountain. The site is associated with various religious ceremonies throughout the year. The mountain is a place of prayer, meditation, and peace.  A father and his 2 sons were making a pilgrimage up the mountain along with several prayer vigils.

After that long hike we stopped at the Full Throttle Saloon for a brewski and then to the Knuckle Saloon in Sturgis for the world famous Beef Tips, they were excellent and very tender.  No guilt eating those after the mountain hiking.