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skorpeoFrom Sylvan Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2012


Very windy and cold(45). Great hike with my kids, though.
My third state high point.
Great views!!
Posted Jun 4, 2012 10:33 am

xchallengingBig wind on top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2012


Four hours round-trip, trail 9. The view was limited in the woods. But on the top, it was nice, the tower almost felt like those from 'HarryPotter' movie scene. Wind was gusting heavily on top.
Posted May 31, 2012 12:15 pm

huskertriguySHP #14  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2012


I had intended to hike the Willow Creek route, but of course only discovered after several beers near the trailhead the night before my intended hike (having arrived shortly after dusk) did I think to walk to the trailhead to check for signage. Then and only then did I learn about the trail closures.

Oh well. The next morning I drove around to Sylvan Lake and hit the trail by 9:00. Even with my late start, I didn't see a soul until the summit. Three other people were there and departed shortly after my arrival. For 15 blissful minutes I had the summit all to myself. Beautiful day!

Then I headed down, and it was a steady parade of would-be hikers all the way back to the trailhead. TWO different parties were hiking with small foo-foo dogs; there were other head-tilting displays en route to the summit as well. I was glad to avoid all the clowns for the most part. Looks like if you get a halfway-early start, you can too.

Finished in 3 hours; was sitting at the Sage Creek Grille in Custer noshing on a delicious Dakota Burger by 12:30.
Posted May 30, 2012 1:08 am

Sarah SimonVia Little Devils Tower Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2012

Sarah Simon

Hot dog, this place is beautiful! I had not been to the Black Hills since I was 4 years old. I am so grateful for the chance to return. This mountain and the surroundings are absolutely beautiful. I loved the rock, the forest, the views. Amazing. Sorry it took me since 1978 to get back here! Only downside today = uber-windy. Not a nice day for lunch at the summit.
Posted May 27, 2012 6:54 pm

technicolorNHNice view for a plains state  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2010


It was a nice relaxing climb after doing Elbert a few days before. The rock formations are what the real draw is. The geology there is quite unique and truly beautiful. I can see why they picked Rushmore as a sculptors site.
Posted May 18, 2012 6:25 am

iquest4itCoats in the Trees  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2011


It was a fun hike to the summit from Sylvan Lake, but there were 40+ mph winds, which I could see were common, since the trees on the leeward side were filled with coats, hats, and backpacks blown off unwary climbers. This is the highest peak between the Rocky Mountains and the Pyrenees in Europe.
Posted Jan 8, 2012 9:24 pm

pittbrownieHP #10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2011


From Sylvan Lake. Great hike!
Posted Jan 7, 2012 11:57 am

theREALCarpeDMSylvan Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2011


On the annual drive to Indy, I visited Harney Peak. Tried to go from Willow Creek Horse Camp, but the trail was closed for pine beetle mitigation. So I hopped around to the other side. it was probably the 2nd nicest state highpoint I've done so far (besides Mt Elbert I've really only done Plains states). The charge is now $15 - not $5. It was packed snow pretty much the whole way - easy enough with any hiking boots.
Posted Dec 20, 2011 8:43 pm

peaker559Harney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2011


The views from the summit are amazing! Standing out on the rocks summit, above the trees is such an open feeling!
Posted Oct 29, 2011 2:16 pm

SocorroFun trip with friends  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2004


Did this a while ago during geology field camp with several other geology friends. Beautiful day!
Posted Oct 23, 2011 10:20 am

DiverDaveHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2010


7 miles round trip from trailhead at Sylvan Lake (6170 feet) to summit (7200 feet) and return.
Posted Oct 3, 2011 12:00 am

vbeckman74Little Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2004


SD is beautiful. We saw Mt. goats, deer, turkeys, green forests and giant statues of dead presidents.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 6:32 pm

milaniteA Summer Afternoon Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2010


I hiked to the summit of Harney Peak on the afternoon of 19 July 2010, starting at the Sylvan Lake trailhead. It was a beautiful day with pleasant temperatures at altitude. It was also the peak of the tourist season, with lots of vacationers enjoying the trail along with me. The climb gets fairly strenuous toward the summit, but the view is worth it. This was my 27th state highpoint.
Posted Aug 17, 2011 8:46 pm

MlaskyEnjoyable Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006


Made for a nice outing and a doable summit for most folks.
Posted Aug 13, 2011 3:32 pm

xpdaHarney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 1996


With Boy Scout troop 83.
Posted Aug 10, 2011 3:36 pm

markowensHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2009


This was my first SHP. My family and I were on vacation in the area and I thought that it would be a fun hike... little did I know that there was a whole community of people out there specifically chasing down SHPs.
Posted Aug 7, 2011 9:37 am

yadahzoemtnCastle at the Top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2008


Fun to see the castle on top. But even more fun to see the mountain goat grazing there. Hiked it on the journey from Utah to New York.
Posted Jun 1, 2011 9:22 pm

dwhikeBlack Elk Overnight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2011


A nice day hike from our camp along the Lost Cabin Trail.
Posted May 11, 2011 6:17 pm

Iron HikerBlack Elk Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 1996

Iron Hiker

Walked up while on our usual stopover in the Black Hills on the way to Yellowstone....
Posted Mar 29, 2011 8:52 pm

tmfaust21Nice break  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2011


Nice break after driving for 2 days in a row from TN. Nobody on the trail either
Posted Feb 22, 2011 3:10 pm

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