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ericwillhiteDidn't see anyone   Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2009


Saw nobody and it was a holiday. Map and pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/south_dakota/harney_peak_171.htm
Posted Mar 9, 2010 12:00 am

scvanmLong time ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 1998


Saw this written up in Backpacker mag. My son and I climbed this in the late 90's. It was fun.
Posted Mar 7, 2010 12:01 am

mtncorgUp from Sylvan Lake  Sucess!


Great place to be early in the morning watching the sun rising over the Badlands.
Posted Jan 14, 2010 11:33 pm

NDhikerSouth Dakota Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2007


This was my 2nd state highpoint. We took the Harney Peak #9 Trail from Sylvan Lake to the top. Very good hike.
Posted Dec 12, 2009 10:09 am

dakotaconcreteThe advent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 1992


Great place, responsible for my desire to climb.
Posted Nov 24, 2009 9:42 pm

climber555Where it all started  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2009


First climbed Harney when I was 7 years old. Usually climb Harney about once a month or so. Have summited from Willow Creek, Sylvan Lake, Little Devils Tower, up the east from Iron Mountain Road and straight up the west side, off the trail. Favorite time to climb is in Feburary. All three main trailheads closed for 2009-2010 winter due to pine beetles.
Posted Oct 24, 2009 11:50 pm

EpicaNice memories  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1992


I was working for the Forest Service in Sundance WY and thought it would be fun to hike to the top of SD..... I don't remember much, but I think I have pictures somewhere. Maybe I'll scan and post one day!
Posted Sep 21, 2009 11:13 pm

StansburyA great state high point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2009


This is really a great hike for a wide range of abilities. Views are beautiful and I recommend it.
Posted Sep 15, 2009 5:34 pm

BadgerSummitSeekerHP # 7  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2005


Took the trail up from Sylvan Lake and topped out without too much trouble. I had broken my leg 3 months earlier so I wasn't sure how I would do going up but was far enough into recovery that I made it without too much difficulty. Awesome views!
Posted Aug 27, 2009 6:40 pm

Up2zmtnsSD Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2009
Looped from Little Devils Tower Day use area back to Sylvan lake. Great hike, great weather. HP#2
Posted Aug 23, 2009 11:27 pm

Norseman197Never gets old...  Sucess!
I've probably climbed this 3-4 times since I was young and it never gets boring. I'm most familiar with the Sylvan Lake trail, but I'm planning on doing the Willow Creek horse Camp trail this fall and also a early morning hike to catch the sunrise on the summit. Just a few items on my South Dakota To-do-list!
Posted Aug 13, 2009 12:12 pm

grabbs146sylvan lake   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2009


great hike!! Even with the crowds and the bikers still very enjoyable
Posted Aug 12, 2009 6:24 pm

AlpinistSylvan Lake Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2009


I hiked up the Sylvan Lake Trail with fellow CMCers Karen, Jason and Al. Harney Peak is a very scenic and enjoyable hike. This is my 29th state HP and the first of three during this trip. We clmbed Granite Peak next and then White Butte.
Posted Aug 8, 2009 4:34 pm

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


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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

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