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davis13Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: 1999-2001  Sucess!


3 summits. Great views. Wish I had started rock climbing when I lived there.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 9:05 am

tylosaurusRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake Trail Date Climbed: July 1997  Sucess!
Hiked up with some friends. At the summit, we waited out a big thunderstorm in the lookout tower before heading down. Great hike, and lots of people around.
Posted Jul 26, 2005 4:30 pm

predator24Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!
Left Sylvan lake about 8:45 AM. Summited the peak about 1 hour and 40 minutes later with my daughter Grace. She is 1 and did great in the kid carrier backpack. All three of my kids have been on the peak before their 2nd birthday. Great day to hike. On the way down passed 86 people total going up. Very busy day on Harney. The busiest I have ever seen it. Like "granddiety", I also had a comment about my "ski poles". Had to correct the gentleman and tell him that they were treking poles.
Posted Jun 27, 2005 9:56 pm

fortaz107Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Trail Date Climbed: 10/12/99  Sucess!
This was a pretty nice hike for a fall day. Great views of the needles and other stone formations. Theres also that nice pine scent in the Black Hills to accompany you on your hike. It was a clear day so we could see the entire black hills area out to the plains. Mount Rushmore was visible also.
Posted Jun 27, 2005 8:35 pm

gruntRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: late October 2002  Sucess!


My fifth state highpoint, and the third on a solo road trip that took me from Leavenworth, Kansas to Provo, Utah. My hike up Harney was cold with some snow on the ground, but a fair number of people on the trail for the season and weather. I had the summit to myself. As noted on the route description, there was a short time I doubted that I was following the correct trail due to elevation loss and snow on the ground. I highly recommend this hike, even in October.
Posted Jun 23, 2005 4:21 pm

predator24Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: April 9, 2005  Sucess!
My buddy Barry and I climbed Harney on April 9, 2005. Made it to the top in pretty good time. Weather was nice that evening. Set up camp just west of the summit in a ravine between two rock cliffs. Nice area but when the wind kicked up the wind howled through the channel we were in. Hung out at the top and planned on watching a sun set until a snow storm started to move in. Nothing major, but ruined any chance of a good picture from the summit. We decided to wake up early the next morning and get the sunrise coming up and maybe get some good light on the Needles. Woke up about 5:30 AM. Was so cold that the water accumulated from the rain and snow during the night was frozen on the ground around the tent. Managed to pull ourselves out of the warm bags and go watch the sunrise. The thermometer on my watch said it was 31 degrees and with the wind chill it was about 10. Good hike!! This is about my 10th time on the summit.
Posted Jun 23, 2005 12:26 am

georgbetsyRoute Climbed: #4 and #9 Date Climbed: Mai 29th 2005  Sucess!


My wife, 2 friends, and I climbed Harney Peak this Sunday. The hike was fun, however, it started raining a few minutes before we reached the summit and continued for a while. Thus we did not have any great views from the top. However, on the way up we enjoyed scrambling around on some of the rocks next to the trail.
Posted Jun 1, 2005 12:11 pm

IlafanRoute Climbed: #4 and #9 Date Climbed: May 1997, 1998, 2005  Sucess!


I've gone up three times: once via Needles and twice via the Sylvan Lake route. Both were fun and very pretty. The first time I was above the clouds. Gorgeous. The last time I got to see a thunderstorm roll in just to the north of us. No trip to The Black Hills should be without this hike.
Posted Apr 3, 2005 4:44 pm

ChaddBraggRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake Trail Date Climbed: March 6, 2005  Sucess!
Fun easy hike, passed as many dogs as people on the way up.
Posted Mar 7, 2005 10:13 am

RModelliRoute Climbed: trail 9 Date Climbed: march 2004  Sucess!


Very good hike and climb ot this "giant" of the midwest.

The Black hills are a beautiful sight.

I took some cool pictures !
Posted Feb 21, 2005 9:28 am

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: From Willow Creek Date Climbed: June 25, 2001  Sucess!
Easy hike, but a lot of horse droppings to avoid.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 5:21 pm

TajjiRoute Climbed: Trail #9 via the Sylvan Lake TH Date Climbed: 12/28/04  Sucess!


Excellent weather for a hike to the watchtower...50 degrees and sunshine.
Posted Dec 29, 2004 12:39 pm

pennibockerRoute Climbed: Trail No. 9 from Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: July 5, 2003  Sucess!


My second time up after growing up in this part of the world.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 2:35 pm

paclimberRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake, Trail #9 Date Climbed: July 28, 2004  Sucess!


Dreary day in SD; had some light rain early in climb, but cleared a bit at summit. USGS markers (3) found 50-100 yards East (I think) of summit tower, on clearly identifiable alternate peak. A mountain goat was standing watch nearby on my summit day.
Posted Aug 2, 2004 1:13 pm

dspalRoute Climbed: Cathedral Spires trail to Sylvan Lake tral Date Climbed: September 2000  Sucess!


No scrambling, short but a bit more strenuous than expected because of altitude, bottom mile is spectacular going past “needles”
Posted Jul 31, 2004 4:13 pm

DrifterRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake, Trail #9 Date Climbed: April 17, 2004  Sucess!


This was a nice hike after we climbed Devils Tower the day before.
Posted Apr 29, 2004 10:18 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Standard trail Date Climbed: December 2001 and July 1998  Sucess!


This is a very scenic hike... especially in winter, at 3am, because there are no tourists. I was in Rapid City in mid-December for work, working crazy hours each day, and the only time I could sneak away to climb this was at 3 am, returning in time to go back to work.
Posted Mar 23, 2004 10:00 pm

granddeityRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!
More people on this than any mountain in CO I have ever done. We were using treking poles, and we got lots of comments from people about our "ski poles". Summit view was nice. Overall I was annoyed most of the time by the people on this hike.
Posted Feb 12, 2004 4:31 am

ajsamuelRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: September 1997  Sucess!


Hiked as part of the Wartburg XC team during the 97 training camp trip to the Black Hills. Amazing views when the clouds would open up for a few seconds.
Posted Jan 29, 2004 12:04 pm

phillinleyRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: May 9 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful day, no problems reaching the summit. Great warm-up climb for the bigger Rockies if you're coming from the midwest.
Posted Jan 29, 2004 1:29 am

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