(SD)-Chance To Walk To The Top Of Crazy Horse Memorial This Weekend
CRAZY HORSE, S.D. - The 34th Annual Spring Volksmarch at the Crazy Horse Memorial near Custer is today and tomorrow, one of just 2 opportunities each year for visitors to reach the top of the in-the-round mountain carving
The 10-kilometer or 6.2-mile round trip has a $3 fee for the American Volksmarch Association, but admission to Crazy Horse is free.
Hikers must check in at the starting point on the Memorial's upper parking area before 1 p.m. and be off the trail by 4 p.m. The trips averages 2 to 4 hours to complete with hikers warned to pace themselves due to the terrain and peak elevation of nearly 6,500 feet.
The turn-around point is on the arm of Crazy Horse directly in front of the 9-story-high face, which was completed June 3, 1998. Hikers get an up-close view of the mountain, where work continues on the rest of what will be the largest sculpture in the world.
The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States with a record of some 15,000 walkers. Due to the popularity, parking can be some distance from the starting point, but shuttle buses operate between the outlying parking lots and the start-finish area.
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