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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

CatamountTrail 9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2006

Catamount

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

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

fastlikeatortoiseMystical  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2012

fastlikeatortoise

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

skorpeo

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

xchallenging

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

huskertriguy

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

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