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double EMt. Harney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2013
Before my hike my mom reminded me that it was Friday the 13th (9/13/2013). That was an ominous comment. : )
My hike up started around 9:30am from Sylvan Lake. It was 54 degree's, overcast and foggy at the start.
I took the direct route (path #9) with no deviations on other paths. This route is about 7 miles round trip. I saw around 30 others on my climb and only had decent visibility for the first mile up. After that the fog consumed all views greater than a couple hundred feet. This was my first journey up Harney and I found the climb to be very easy and the path well defined. Signage along the path was clear at every juncture, so much so that one probably wouldn't need a map when taking this route up, although I always strongly suggest having a map anyways. When I reached the juncture of route 9 and 3 the fog became much thicker and could be seen blowing by. It was still around 50 degree's at this point. From there the climb is a little bit more vertical to Harney, which is roughly .7 miles away. On the final descent the temps dropped dramatically and there was nothing to knock down the wind anymore. I arrived at the Firehouse in about an hour and forty five minutes. This included several stops to photograph and one to change clothes. I walk/climb at a pretty average pace. Anyways, due to the fog the visibility at the top was roughly 50 ft. The temp was alos down to 36 degree's, according to another hikers jacket thermometer. For a location that offers a view of four states and several great parks and monuments, that was a bit of a downer. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the hike up. On my climb down the fog turned to a mist, which thickened into rain..so I was thoroughly soaked by the time I arrived at Sylvan. All in all I loved the hike/climb to/from Harney. Just wished I could have seen the views it offers on a clear day! Cheers.
Posted Sep 17, 2013 1:33 pm

WZimmermanHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2013

WZimmerman

Hiked to the summit behind my twin daughters (age 11). A great hike and a great day. Memorable experience for all.
Posted Sep 6, 2013 4:57 am

Moogie737Trail #9 from Willow Creek CG/TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2013

Moogie737

This route is longer than Don Holmes says it is. My GPS pegged the one way distance at 5.76 miles. I marveled at the raw beauty of the Black Hills. Warm day-90 degrees. 1+54 up, 1+42 down. Crossed one trickle of a stream on this trail.
Posted Aug 29, 2013 12:38 am

wyozach14First State High Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2013

wyozach14

Great views at the top, easy but fun hike. Took my wife and I an hour up and 45 min. down.
Posted Aug 25, 2013 4:20 pm

grimbleyMy wife's 1st Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2008

grimbley

Pretty easy hike. Forest had some trees being killed by pine beetle infestation (returned to the area in 2012 and it is much worse). After reaching the top return via a different trail to make a loop.
Posted Aug 6, 2013 1:35 pm

jfulcherFamily Vacation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1993

jfulcher

Hike w/the folks.
Posted May 16, 2013 9:28 am

tylordthemightyAwesome place - one of my favorites  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2012
Going to school in Rapid, I've climbed this many, many times. Every time it is awesome, such a great view of the Hills. Makes me really miss the Black Hills!
Posted Apr 15, 2013 9:15 am

DrPowercatSunny, but icy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2013
great sunny afternoon hike with my boys, lots of ice in several spots on the trail, but we had a great time and had the summit all to ourselves until the wind chased us off
Posted Apr 11, 2013 1:05 am

WyomingSummitsBeautifull!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2012

WyomingSummits

Easy walkup but amazing scenery!
Posted Apr 8, 2013 10:29 pm

Larry LavertyThought Provoking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011

Larry Laverty

While I have only a very small amount of Native blood in me, the time spent on this mountain, as with that on Bear Butte, was very thought provoking above all else. My heart sank to look down on the devastation of the Black Hills pines by the beetle, and to think of how the history of this magical place has gone in the last hundred and fifty years. The sun will always shine on Harney Peak though. For a minute, I thought I could see the Chicago skyline off to the east.
Posted Mar 30, 2013 7:58 pm

joseyinnetback when I was little  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 1993

joseyinnet

Did this with my family on vacation. It was my second state high point, after doing Minnesota's when I was 5. Should probably return someday.
Posted Mar 26, 2013 4:06 pm

mountainhareWowing views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2012

mountainhare

It felt like an aerial view of the southern Black Hills. One of the best summit views I have seen.
Posted Feb 13, 2013 9:56 pm

xbaghattwenty-five  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009

xbaghat

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Posted Jan 20, 2013 10:38 am

FletchCouldnt see a thing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2012

Fletch

white out...
Posted Dec 28, 2012 4:07 pm

awhite28Harney  Sucess!

awhite28

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

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

Walkoutnow

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

espreck

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

IagosGhost

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

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