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SarahThompsonLoop with Little Devils Tower
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2015


Nice little hike for an introduction to the Needles. Did an easy loop including Little Devils Tower before checking out some technical climbing on nearby Cathedral Spires.
Posted Sep 8, 2015 11:32 am

fallonclimbsHighpoint!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2015


This was my first state highpoint in 2011, and I went back to repeat it in 2015 on my second lap of state highpoints (I have 49 completed). Pleasant little hike and cool tower on the top
Posted Aug 30, 2015 1:31 pm

cheetah262Clear and Calm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2015


An almost perfect day up the Willow Creek trail to Harney. Not another soul on this trail until I got to the final bit where it joins up with the Sylvan Lake trail (from the number of people on the summit, I imagine that trail was quite crowded!).
Read the little book Harney Peak Revealed for some interesting history/facts about the peak.
State Peak #10….40 to go!
Posted Aug 24, 2015 8:19 pm

JenniferzivicAdventure Travel Gal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2015


Bagged SD on a trip to the Badlands. Just decided to do this. Wish there were more entries here from people recently. This is only #4.
Posted Jul 21, 2015 12:51 am

DarrenKnezekGlitter Highway  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010


Fantastic Summit and Hike! The trail glittered like gold the entire way to the top.
Posted Jul 13, 2015 10:32 am

rmjwintersNice run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2015


Nice trail run to a great summit with fantastic views!
Posted Jun 30, 2015 8:13 pm

mattdalmanHP #31  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2015


We hiked this one on a beautiful day. Trail #9 on the way up and #4 on the way down combined with Little Devils Tower.
Posted Jun 25, 2015 2:23 pm

mountaingazelleHarney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2015


Hiked the clockwise loop to Harney Peak from Sylvan Lake and then went up Little Devils Tower on the way down. It was a cloudy yet beautiful day as a storm came through in the afternoon.
Posted Jun 1, 2015 9:09 pm

vanman798Great Area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2015


To do this hike we drove up from Hot Springs, SD through Custer Park and saw a bunch of wild life. Had to drive through two one-way tunnels on the Needles Highway. Love the area. Hope to get back to do some rock climbing. Short hike but beautiful and a worthwhile destination.
Posted Jun 1, 2015 7:03 pm

MoonerUp I GO


04/07/15 Took about an hour to hike up here after climb in the Cathedral Spires that day. Relaxed on the summit with a goat and watched the sun set
Posted Apr 13, 2015 3:00 pm

MusiscaWarm Winter Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2015
This was a fortunate winter hike. The temperature ranged from 20s-40s. There was some ice on the trail, but it was mostly clear. It was very windy at the peak, but overall it was a pleasant and vigorous hike from the Willow Creek Entrance up the Harney Peak Trail and ultimately back. The best part is that I didn't see a single person the whole way which is a stark contrast from the mob of people in the summer.
Posted Feb 10, 2015 9:12 pm

16herdmanrHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2012


Took this hike with my younger brother and older sister when we camped out in the black hills on vacation. It was a nice, easy hike for just a couple of kids. Beautiful trail.
Posted Feb 8, 2015 1:04 pm

Pharmacistquick jog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2013


jogged up into the clouds, clouds everywhere couldn't see very far. 1 hr up and 43 minutes back down.
Posted Dec 2, 2014 7:46 pm

sredfernGreat Hike for Just About Anyone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2012


i can't say it is for anyone because the hike in the summer is hot and very arid, but it is not a technical climb at any point and promises fabulous views of the Needle Spires below and if you are lucky you can see as far away as the badlands in the east. I have climbed this twice... Once with my family on a vacation, and once with my Venture Crew on a trip to work with my Lakota friends of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in Laplante, SD.

If you are in the area, be sure to bag this state high point!
Posted Nov 9, 2014 7:45 am

darinchadwickTake the whole family!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2014


Hiked up trail #9, and down trail #4. Took the baby, 7 year old, and 9 year old. All were happy until the last half mile out on boring dirt road that traversed through some wicked burnt out areas. Revolt was in the air, but promises of ice cream at Sylvan Lake carried our little band through. Lots of folks wheezing on the main trail. I suppose this is closest real mountain for many vacationers from Wisconson, Minnesota, and other flatland states.
Posted Nov 3, 2014 6:12 am

VtownStriderHp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2013


Beautiful hike. The actual summit had a cool castle like structure on top. One of my favorite high points so far.
Posted Oct 7, 2014 7:45 pm

Bark EaterWonderful place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2014

Bark Eater

Greatly enjoyed our hike up the Sylvan Lake trail. Good views lower down but socked in at the summit. USFS work crew was repairing the masonry on the tower during our visit. Glad we hiked on Wednesday. Wednesday night we got six inches of snow, in mid-September! #41 for me, #28 for Lillian, #12 for John, #11 for Barb. The Black Hills are spectacular!
Posted Sep 16, 2014 12:10 pm

panhandletrailsTrip # 13  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2014


Last time I hiked to the summit was 2009. Things sure have changed! Sad to see so much beetle kill on the mountain. Where there used to be a beautiful shady and very quiet section on Trail 4, between Cathedral Spires and Harney, now looks like the aftermath of a war. Still, this is a great hike.
Posted Jul 29, 2014 6:41 pm

Jimmy RiversBeautiful Black Hills!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2014

Jimmy Rivers

State High Point#37. Loved this area of South Dakota! We took trail #4 from Sylvan Lake and found it to be a mild day in June, and a very pleasant hike. It was a bit windy at the Tower on the summit. I would love to come back and explore more in the Black Hills one day....
Posted Jul 6, 2014 2:07 am

Paul McClellanSouth Dakota Gem  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014

Paul McClellan

Beautiful weather and views. The rocks along the trail from Sylvan Lake were sparkling in the sunlight. Had a few minutes of solitude at the lookout between other hiking groups.
Posted Jun 25, 2014 11:20 pm

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