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bdewoodyRoute Climbed: #4 and #9 Date Climbed: April 24, 2005  Sucess!

bdewoody

Great Day! The weather was perfect, the tourists hadn't come out yet, and the views were amazing.
Posted Apr 25, 2005 2:37 pm

the fargoanRoute Climbed: Nelson Creek Date Climbed: April 9, 2005  Sucess!

the fargoan

It was windy with snow flurries on this day. The Nelson Creek route is a bit more interesting than the standard trails up Harney Peak. The old established trail was still closed for revegatation purposes. I bushwacked my own path up the drainage. 4 hours round trip including a 30min rest at the lookout tower.
Posted Apr 11, 2005 4:03 pm

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

Ilafan

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!

RModelli

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!

Tajji

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!

pennibocker

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!

paclimber

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!

dspal

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!

Drifter

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!

Chris

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!

ajsamuel

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!

phillinley

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

Bill562Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: december 2002

Bill562

Ran out of day light on this December afternoon. Views of the Needles and the distant Badlands NP were worth this hike.
Posted Oct 4, 2003 9:56 pm

climber46Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: Aug 7, 1997  Sucess!

climber46

My Dad and I climbed this peak in 1997. We had a great time on our hike. The weather was gorgeous and the views of all the spires were wonderful.
Posted Apr 26, 2003 2:29 pm

txmountaineerRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake TH - Trail # 9 Date Climbed: February 26, 2003  Sucess!

txmountaineer

A wonderful day on a highpointing trip! See my trip report for full details.



HP #5

Daniel Smith - Ft. Worth, TX
Posted Mar 6, 2003 12:54 pm

JohnRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake Loop: Trail #4 up, #9 down Date Climbed: Sept 18, 2002  Sucess!

John

Headed over to SD to visit the Needles, but after a night thunderstorm, Josh and I headed up this state high point instead. Started raining at the summit and in earnest when we got back to the car. On the way down, we saw about 12 or so kids in sweatshirts on their way up. Wonder how they're doing now. There are flash flood and high wind warnings in effect for the region now; 44°F in town. I haven't seen this much rain in ages - you definately get spoiled in the Sierras. My 7th state highpoint.
Posted Sep 18, 2002 12:15 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: From Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: September 18, 2002  Sucess!

Josh

John and I were going to do some climbing at the Needles, but we were rained out, so we hiked up Harney Peak instead. It was an easy stroll over pleasant terrain.
Posted Sep 18, 2002 11:58 am

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