Whenever I’m in the Northern Black Hills and want a quick hike, I head to Mount Roosevelt near Deadwood. Along the trail there are great views of the area and you can checkout Friendship Tower. It is one of my favorite hiking trails near Deadwood.
The tower was dedicated in 1919 as a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt. And, it has been a popular place to visit every since. The trail is gravel and less than one mile long. Take some time to enjoy the view from different points along the trail. There are great views of Bear Butte and the plains to the north. And, many Terry peak and Custer peak to the south. Plus, a unique view of the Lead/Deadwood area.
There is a picnic area, so one could make an afternoon of the visit. Take some time to climb to the top of the tower and just really soak in the beauty of the area.
There is a vault toilet available, but no fresh water. You will find this picnic area about two and a half miles from the turn off Highway 85. The turn for Mount Roosevelt Road is right by The Lodge at Deadwood, watch for the signs.