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paclimberRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake, Trail #9 Date Climbed: July 28, 2004  Sucess!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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

Joe HanssenRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August '00  Sucess!

Joe Hanssen

Incredible rocks in the Black Hills. Lots of lightening while in the observatory on top, got down pretty quick.
Posted Jul 29, 2002 10:55 am

WildtrailRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake Route Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!
A nice walk with a good view.
Posted Jun 28, 2002 3:29 pm

pictioneerRoute Climbed: Sylvan Lake Route Date Climbed: October 3, 2000  Sucess!


Was a beautiful climb . Not hard and the view from the top is gorgeous.
Posted Jun 25, 2002 8:37 pm

Randy232Route Climbed: Willow Creek Trail Date Climbed: 8/17/2001  Sucess!


David Keating's partner.
Posted Aug 23, 2001 7:13 pm

dkeating2112Route Climbed: Harney Peak-Willow Creek Trail (Northern Route) Date Climbed: 08/17/2001  Sucess!


Hiked from the Willow Creek Horse Camp to the summit of Harney Peak on a beautiful summer day. Took about 2 hours to reach the summit. Had lunch at the top and then headed down. This was my third ascent of Harney, and the second time up the northern route. I definitely recommend the northern route for people wanting a little more of a challenge, and a lot more solitude along the way. I basically used Harney Peak to acclimate myself to climb Cloud Peak, WY (13,167 ft) a couple of days later, since I live in Illinois.
Posted Aug 23, 2001 5:56 pm

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