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awhite28Harney  Sucess!


from Sylvan Lake
Posted Dec 25, 2012 1:33 pm

CatamountTrail 9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2006


My 33rd state highpoint and highest to date. That would change soon enough. Perfect day.
Posted Dec 12, 2012 1:59 am

tldelaneyTremendous View  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2011
Started off from Sylvan Lake. Wonderful temps, but clouds started rolling in and a mere half an hour into the hike the thunder was getting close. Great hike, but as the storm rolled through realized I was under dressed. Incredible view of the Hills from the top!
Posted Oct 22, 2012 3:05 pm

WalkoutnowHP #11  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2012


Really cool area, nice easy hike. Some snow from the storm a couple days before made things even better. Black hills area is definitely worth seeing.
Posted Oct 10, 2012 3:23 pm

espreckHarney Peak Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2012


Great hike, probably my 10th summit on Harney Peak in the beautiful black hills!
Posted Aug 17, 2012 8:58 pm

IagosGhostFamily Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2012


I took the whole family (six kids ranging from 12 years to 7 months old) on this hike via the Sylvan Lake TH. High point number seven for me. The views along the trail and from the top were magnificent, and the kids loved playing and climbing on the rocks at the summit.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 3:44 pm

irchrisbrownWhere I train  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2012
Made my first summit sometime around March of this year. I started with hikes from Sylvan Lake but I now prefer the Willow Creek route.
Posted Jul 29, 2012 2:57 pm

fastlikeatortoiseMystical  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2012


My 2nd High point. Solo climb from sylvan lake trailhead. The cloud cover made the hike eerie but beautiful. it was pretty windy at the top but the amazing views were well worth it.
Posted Jun 29, 2012 7:38 pm

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

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