Monday, June 4, 2012

Crazy Horse Volksmarch, South Dakota

Every year, the Volksmarch organization has a walk on Crazy Horse, and since we heard about it a few months ago, we  thought it would be very cool to partake, so that’s what we did this past weekend. 

Here we are at the start…….

and the view of people as we waited for the walk to begin……..

Since we like to hike in the early morning, we were there at 7:15 am for an 8am start (although they let everyone start about 10 minutes early). At first the trail was pretty tightly packed with walkers,

but with a little maneuvering, we were able to get some space ahead of the pack and enjoy a little music found along the side of the trail……….

There were four checkpoints along the way, where all walkers had to check-in………

We started along the same side of Crazy Horse that everyone can see from the viewing area in the Visitor’s Center

But as we continued our walk

We were able to see the other side of Crazy Horse, which was pretty cool……….
 Up close, one could really see the detail………

With some really great views……….
 As we headed down, we could walk to the tunnel………..

And get a great view of the people on the (future) arm………….

Until we hit the finish line…………

Overall it was really a fun time and we’re glad we did it.  This volksmarch was done in cooperation with the South Dakota Food Bank, so admission was three cans of food per person, and $3 to the Volksmarch organization. The walk is the first full weekend in June every year, so if you’re in the area, this is a definite must do!  (Plan a few hours ~ they say it’s a 10k (6.2 miles), but it didn’t feel that long.  We took 1 hour and 15 minutes to ascent, about 30 to descend, along a different path.)
Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 
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