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seanpeckhamfun trail, cool peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2009

seanpeckham

We took a day after visiting my parents-in-law near Sioux City, to drive across S. Dakota to visit a friend and my sister-in-law in Rapid City, and spend the night there before driving home to Salt Lake. On the way we managed to visit my father-in-law's paleontology lab in Vermillion, drive the Badlands loop, and meet a friend for a late lunch in Rapid City, and finished the day with a spontaneous sundown hike of Harney Peak. I'm really glad I was able to squeeze in the chance to see the Black Hills on foot.
Posted Jul 7, 2009 9:23 pm

highlandvillagerVery scenic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2009

highlandvillager

We hiked up the lightly traveled trail 4 from Sylvan Lake, stopping near the Cathedral Spires on the way up to climb some smaller rock formations. While enjoying the summit views, we were surprised to see a mountain goat near the summit. On the return hike, we took the spur trail to the top of Little Devil's Tower. This is a beautiful area. HP22
Posted May 21, 2009 3:11 pm

VermontMikeLove The Hills!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008

VermontMike

This was my first high-pointer west of the Mississippi, in the first couple weeks of a 3 1/2 month cross-country trip! Great short hike, great views, great area! Custer is one of my favorite state parks.
Posted May 15, 2009 9:19 pm

gwave47HP #33  Sucess!

gwave47

Highpointed along with ND, IA, and OK on a one week road trip.
Posted May 11, 2009 8:49 pm

bblack99Highpoint #3  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2009

bblack99

Drove into Hill City from KC the night before climbing Harney. That was a 12-hour trip in cold rain, but by the time I hit the Sylvan Lake Trail, it was shaping up to be a beautiful clear day in the high 50s. Trail was snow-packed and icy as I went up, and a slushy, muddy mess on the descent. Great views all around!
Posted Apr 23, 2009 1:26 am

McCannster6th state HP!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2009

McCannster

A very fun hike in the snow. Did it in 3 hours RT with lots of snow on the trail, after doing some climbing in the Needles. Very cool view.
Posted Apr 13, 2009 8:37 pm

Clark_GriswoldNorthern Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008

Clark_Griswold

I climbed this on what felt like the hottest day of the year in the Black Hills NF. Temperatures were in the high 90s most of the way, and after a week of doing 14ers in CO that was extremely hot for me. Because I did not want to pay to park to do this hike, I chose to drive to the northern trailhead and park for free. It also added a little mileage to the hike. The northern route really is a hike, not a climb. I don't remember most of the specifics, but if I did I would write up a route description. The trail is long and meandering, often losing and regaining elevation needlessly. It also has some impressive views of the needles and Black Elk Wilderness along the way. Because of the length, you won't see many other people. The summit approach is more or less the same as the standard southern route. That poor goat on top did not appear to be enjoying the heat.
Posted Mar 24, 2009 12:30 pm

damgaardHarmey Preak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2005

damgaard

Walked up there with my dad on brother on our trip across the US. Passed Little Devils Mtn on the way. Nice little roundtrip
Posted Mar 21, 2009 4:10 pm

jeffh25Harney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

jeffh25

Highpoint #6 for me was a great trip. The Black Hills are incredible and I went with my Dad during Sturgis. Great views, nice bikes, good times.
Posted Feb 10, 2009 2:30 pm

distressbarkfrom Sylvan Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2007

distressbark

I've hiked Harney Peak three times in my life with three different sets of people, and all of my experiences have been very rewarding. Wonderful views from the top. I'd love to try a different route next time; glad I came upon this site!
Posted Dec 17, 2008 1:51 pm

HalikuTrail #9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2008

Haliku

Brother Tom and I used this as our post Thanksgiving workout. The trail was snow and icy in places so we didn't run the entire loop. Great views and due to the cold few people.
Posted Nov 30, 2008 10:18 pm

peerzatall in good fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2008

peerzat

great view, really. highest point from the rockies to the pyranees! hope they don't turn it into a paved trail to get up there one of these days. I have a feeling they might.
Posted Nov 19, 2008 2:22 pm

Brian Kalet#9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2008

Brian Kalet

1 hour roundtrip.
Posted Sep 15, 2008 1:14 pm

merrillWe made it!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2008

merrill

Chalk up the first state highpoint for my 3 kids, ages 9, 7, and 4. My wife is also 6 months pregnant and did great. We saw 2 mountain goats down the rocks to the West. We got sprinkled on a little on the return and the rain came gushing down just as we got into the truck. Whew!
Posted Jul 6, 2008 4:19 pm

AubreySununexpected beauty  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2008

AubreySun

Made a long loop out of this climb. Even though it was relatively easy, it was surprisingly beautiful and incredibly scenic. The summit area offered some fun scampering opportunities as well. After gaining the summit, we heard a couple incredibly loud explosions in the distance (the Army was performing some exercises outside of Custer). Have to admit, those were some loud booms. Louder than I've ever heard. Just added to the unique experience. Anyway, southwestern South Dakota is underrated. Great hiking can be had.
Posted Jun 15, 2008 11:33 pm

trekkerBirthday hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2008

trekker

Left Sylvan Lake on trail 9 to summit and returned on trail 4 to visit Cathedral Spires on the way back. Could see storm clouds and rain falling north of the peak, great day. Too many people on top and trail 9, not many at all on trail 4, but still a wonderful and scenic hike to an easy summit.
Posted Jun 14, 2008 1:35 pm

I like it on topHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

I like it on top

Last minute decision to head up in observance of Summit for Heroes. Great trail, a little chilly on top with light rain. Completed with Troy and Keith.
Posted Jun 12, 2008 1:02 am

Tbacon251Memorial  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

Tbacon251

Made the hike with Keith and Chuck for the 2008 "Cops on Top Summit for Heroes" memorial service. Great day....a little cold.
Posted Jun 10, 2008 4:24 pm

peakrat76Via Sylvan Lake No. 4 Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2008

peakrat76

Great hike to a summit with fantastic views. We climbed it early enough in the year to have avoided the hoards of people. I recommend the No. 4 Trail as it is somewhat longer and tends to be a little more remote. Great close up views of the Spires and not so many people.
Posted Jun 6, 2008 2:59 pm

RedwicAwesome Hike, Awesome Views!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2008

Redwic

Shortly after visiting Mount Rushmore in the morning, my wife and I hiked up to South Dakota's highest point. We had beautiful (perfect, in my opinion) weather conditions and met a lot of great hikers (from all over the country) to talk with along the way, including many fellow hockey fans. I had photos taken at the tower (South Dakota's manmade highpoint) and at the true geographical highpoint. Good times. The views from the summit are spectacular. Highly recommended summit hike.
Posted May 26, 2008 5:42 pm

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