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chilkootHighpoint #40  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2008


Met two guys near the trailhead who were heading back due to "snow conditions we weren't equpped to deal with." I was with my 6 and 9 year olds wearing tennis shows and rubber raincoats. There was no snow at the trailhead and the most we ever got into was about 3-4 inches deep. THe only real problem we had was high winds at the summit that were strong enough to blow my kids over. Fortunately they love that kind of thing, so we had a great hike. Even saw a marmot crawling around in a stack of freshly cut logs at the trail head (Sylvan Lake). Pretty rare for the Black Hills from what I understand.
Posted Apr 29, 2008 11:59 am

paisajeroamericanoBirthday Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2008


I think I left from Willow Creek Horse Camp. The weather was perfect, with just a little bit of snow, but little or no accumulation. Gotta love Dakota Territory, but shouldn't it be East Dakota and West Dakota (instead of North and South)?
Posted Apr 6, 2008 12:04 pm

jm485Pefect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2008
Perfect day for a hike. There was about an inch of fresh snow to cover all the old tracks. The weather was clear with temps in the 30s. Trail was a little icy in places.
Posted Mar 23, 2008 10:54 am

KruckPleasant Winter Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2008


Three inches of fresh pow over ice made you pay attention on this straightforward and easy trail (No. 9). Stunning views as you hike, if you stop to look around 360 every once in a while. It looks like Little Devil's Tower could be attempted from this side, though I had no time to improvise a route. Just passing through area. Had the trail entirely to myself, which was very nice.
Posted Mar 9, 2008 11:57 am

jimeganHARNEY PK  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2004


Posted Feb 7, 2008 11:51 am

utclimberNice hike  Sucess!
I've probably climbed Harney Peak a couple of dozen times. Classic with all the granite spires near. If you're a climber, bring a rope and explore the Cathedral Spires.
Posted Jan 24, 2008 11:27 pm

MountainHikerCOSD high point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2004


It was a nice hike and a state high point!
Posted Dec 31, 2007 4:38 pm

NavySeabeeHP #12 via Trail #4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2007


Mostly clear and windy day on the summit of Harney. Trail was a treat with about 2-3 inches of snow and the song of chainsaws in the woods. (?!) Views were great in all directions.
Posted Dec 31, 2007 4:03 pm

nbasfordGreat  Sucess!


love it
Posted Dec 31, 2007 12:44 am

MattGreeneEnd of Road Trip  Sucess!
Climbing Harney was a cool way to finish my 6-week western road trip of '02.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 6:03 pm

odogg0824Amazing Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2007


Took the Willow Creek trail (10-12 miles round trip). There was about 2 inches of snow and the trail had a lot of rocks making for a slippery day. The views offered along the Willow Creek trail are fantastic and the summit although cold and windy in late November, provides a great panoramic of the black hills.
Posted Nov 26, 2007 1:04 am

Judd97Harney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2007


Climbed it with a group of friends from college, had a blast. Kind of bummed about the tower on the summit, but still a great hike.
Posted Nov 18, 2007 8:38 pm

eric-grizOne of my faves!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2002


One of my favorite highpoints. I've hiked up it several times. My favorite time, however, was the first time in the April snow!
Posted Nov 9, 2007 9:21 pm

buzzdainerSylvan Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2002


Easy hike, lots of people.
Posted Oct 14, 2007 10:48 pm

reboylesHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2007


My wife, dog and I hiked up from Sylvan Lake on a picture perfect fall day. The campgrounds had recently closed and there were very few people on the mountain this day. The aspen were in their peak colors and the temperature ranged from the 50s to low 70s. Even though all of the western highpoints are much taller and more difficult than Harney Peak, this is one summit to not miss.
Posted Oct 11, 2007 11:00 am

breagenHigh Point #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2006


The start of my High Point adventure, excellent hike to a beautiful view!
Posted Sep 27, 2007 7:02 pm

tiogaHot  Sucess!


Hiked this on a family vacation. I remember it was incredibly hot that day and my dad just about passed out from dehydration.
Posted Sep 15, 2007 11:11 pm

weeds19First time in the Black Hills  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2004


I followed the well maintained trail up to the interesting summit lookout.
Posted Sep 8, 2007 5:34 pm

ZandtVery popular hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


Easier hike than I'd anticipated...hiked on Labor Day weekend, so Sylvan Lake (and the trail) were both very, very busy. Beautiful up top, with great views in all directions, and, inexplicably, swarms of ladybugs EVERYwhere.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 1:47 pm

TLPSylvanLake #9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2007


This was an easy hike from the lake. I wanted to start out early, like daybreak, but I was talking to the ranger the day beforehand while in Custer State Park, and he advised not to do that because there was reportings of mountain lions in the area this year. So I followed his advise, and got a late start for me (9am) It was partly cloudy on the top, so there was limited views, still it was very nice. On the way down there was LOTS of people heading up. I mean like maybe 50 or so! My gosh I guess this one is popular.
Posted Jul 23, 2007 5:22 pm

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