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woodstriderRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake trail #9 Date Climbed: Sept. 5, 2005  Sucess!


Even though the Sylvan Lake approach is such a yak trail, I wanted to walk through those spires. They did not disappoint. It was alot more wooded over then I thought (from written accounts) and only the very top is above tree line. Views 360 degrees, but a trip to Mt. Coolidge's summit (a drive-up) is well worth it for the view of Crazy Horse, Harney Peak, The Needles, Mt. Rushmore, The Badlands, etc.

By the way, I camped out about a mile from Sylvan Lake, after I paid my 5 dollars fee (good for one week). I would definitely return to this interesting place.
Posted Sep 14, 2005 2:37 pm

eapikulaRoute Climbed: Went up #4, came back thru #9 Date Climbed: September 1st, 2005  Sucess!


Just thought I'd note went up for a quick trip Thursday evening. Went up #4 from Sylvan(always prefer this route, I like the quick elevation gain just after the The Little Devil's Tower trail splits off. I Decided to take #9 down, hadn't done #9 in a while. Probably 2hrs 45min with 10 minutes of that enjoying the view. It's probably my 20th time up maybe more. Brinkley the Golden Retriever's accompanied me and Michelle - his 5th or 6th time to the top, he doesn't mind the metal grate stairs at the top anymore:) Thursday evening was beautiful, think last time was in April or May and it snowed all the way up.
Posted Sep 5, 2005 4:12 pm

Smithman123Route Climbed: Via Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: August 2005  Sucess!


Growing up in S.D., I've hiked up Harney Peak probably two dozen times at least at all times of the year. It's a beautiful hike through the pines. I've made it from Sylvan Lake to the top in 45 minutes, and many people jog to the top.
Posted Aug 29, 2005 9:08 pm

braddkRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake, Trail #9 Date Climbed: August 19, 2005  Sucess!
My wife and I hiked this in 2 hours and 20 minutes. We were pressed for time. The weather was cloudy, so it was neat to watch the mists blow through from the tops. Very pretty hike. We just moved from Colorado and thought this hike was very similar to many hikes we did in Colorado.
Posted Aug 19, 2005 9:06 pm

starship_jenRoute Climbed: Trail #4 Date Climbed: June 3, 2005  Sucess!


Perfect early morning hike with pristine views from the top! The Black Hills are beautiful!
Posted Aug 4, 2005 11:32 pm

davis13Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: 1999-2001  Sucess!


3 summits. Great views. Wish I had started rock climbing when I lived there.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 9:05 am

tylosaurusRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake Trail Date Climbed: July 1997  Sucess!
Hiked up with some friends. At the summit, we waited out a big thunderstorm in the lookout tower before heading down. Great hike, and lots of people around.
Posted Jul 26, 2005 4:30 pm

predator24Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!
Left Sylvan lake about 8:45 AM. Summited the peak about 1 hour and 40 minutes later with my daughter Grace. She is 1 and did great in the kid carrier backpack. All three of my kids have been on the peak before their 2nd birthday. Great day to hike. On the way down passed 86 people total going up. Very busy day on Harney. The busiest I have ever seen it. Like "granddiety", I also had a comment about my "ski poles". Had to correct the gentleman and tell him that they were treking poles.
Posted Jun 27, 2005 9:56 pm

fortaz107Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Trail Date Climbed: 10/12/99  Sucess!
This was a pretty nice hike for a fall day. Great views of the needles and other stone formations. Theres also that nice pine scent in the Black Hills to accompany you on your hike. It was a clear day so we could see the entire black hills area out to the plains. Mount Rushmore was visible also.
Posted Jun 27, 2005 8:35 pm

gruntRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: late October 2002  Sucess!


My fifth state highpoint, and the third on a solo road trip that took me from Leavenworth, Kansas to Provo, Utah. My hike up Harney was cold with some snow on the ground, but a fair number of people on the trail for the season and weather. I had the summit to myself. As noted on the route description, there was a short time I doubted that I was following the correct trail due to elevation loss and snow on the ground. I highly recommend this hike, even in October.
Posted Jun 23, 2005 4:21 pm

predator24Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Date Climbed: April 9, 2005  Sucess!
My buddy Barry and I climbed Harney on April 9, 2005. Made it to the top in pretty good time. Weather was nice that evening. Set up camp just west of the summit in a ravine between two rock cliffs. Nice area but when the wind kicked up the wind howled through the channel we were in. Hung out at the top and planned on watching a sun set until a snow storm started to move in. Nothing major, but ruined any chance of a good picture from the summit. We decided to wake up early the next morning and get the sunrise coming up and maybe get some good light on the Needles. Woke up about 5:30 AM. Was so cold that the water accumulated from the rain and snow during the night was frozen on the ground around the tent. Managed to pull ourselves out of the warm bags and go watch the sunrise. The thermometer on my watch said it was 31 degrees and with the wind chill it was about 10. Good hike!! This is about my 10th time on the summit.
Posted Jun 23, 2005 12:26 am

georgbetsyRoute Climbed: #4 and #9 Date Climbed: Mai 29th 2005  Sucess!


My wife, 2 friends, and I climbed Harney Peak this Sunday. The hike was fun, however, it started raining a few minutes before we reached the summit and continued for a while. Thus we did not have any great views from the top. However, on the way up we enjoyed scrambling around on some of the rocks next to the trail.
Posted Jun 1, 2005 12:11 pm

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


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!


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!


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!


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!


My second time up after growing up in this part of the world.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 2:35 pm

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