Volksmarch is this weekend

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The Crazy Horse Volksmarch, scheduled for June 1-2, is the most popular organized hike in the U.S. (15,000 walkers in a record year). It is sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and hosted by Crazy Horse Memorial.

Hikers follow dirt trails and gravel work roads up to the Crazy Horse mountain carving. The turn-around point is on the arm of Crazy Horse directly in front of the nine-story-high face, which was completed June 3, 1998. Hikers get an up-close view of the mountain. The bi-annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain- carving-in-progress.

Admission is waived to volksmarchers. A donation of three cans of food per person is appreciated. The AVA’s hike fee is $3 for each participant regardless of age. Regular admission applies to non-hikers.

Parking may be some distance from the starting point and not on paved or gravel surfaces. Shuttle buses operate between these outlying parking lots and the start-finish area.

No advance registration is required. Hikers must check in at the starting point at the memorial’s upper parking area. Hikers must register before 1 p.m. and be off the trail by 4 p.m. Hikers may begin the trail anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.