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Jimmy RiversBeautiful Black Hills!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2014

Jimmy Rivers

State High Point#37. Loved this area of South Dakota! We took trail #4 from Sylvan Lake and found it to be a mild day in June, and a very pleasant hike. It was a bit windy at the Tower on the summit. I would love to come back and explore more in the Black Hills one day....
Posted Jul 6, 2014 2:07 am

Paul McClellanSouth Dakota Gem  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014

Paul McClellan

Beautiful weather and views. The rocks along the trail from Sylvan Lake were sparkling in the sunlight. Had a few minutes of solitude at the lookout between other hiking groups.
Posted Jun 25, 2014 11:20 pm

harborMisty Hike - No views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2014


Hiked from the State Park out and back 2 hours. Completely cloud covered. ~50 feet visibility in a lot of places. The tower area at the peak was completely covered in clouds/mist/fog (whatever you want to call it). I didn't actually make it over to the benchmark because of how thick it was. It felt like a medieval castle more than a western US peak. The mystic feel made up for zero views. I was surprised at how well marked the trails and junctions are. Next time I'm here I'll do a through hike from the state park down to horse-thief lake.
Posted Jun 4, 2014 6:30 pm

admiralcapnSolitude from the north  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2013


We hiked from the Willow Creek trailhead (along SD-244) and found the trail excellent, and sparsely traveled. One of the best kept secrets of the Black Hills, I guess. Great views from the tower - not a cloud in sight!
Posted May 13, 2014 9:34 am

pingzingrTrail 4 to summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2014


Passing through the area to see Devil's Tower, Rushmore, and the Badlands I decided to knock out the SD highpoint. Good views of the Black Hills, Cathedral Spires, and Needles from the #4 Trail.
Posted Apr 27, 2014 7:31 pm

IdahoScottHighpoint #23  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2010


On a project assignment to North Dakota, I blazed across the state in a weekend to hit the highpoints of SD and ND. Even got some tourist time at Mt. Rushmore.
Posted Apr 9, 2014 11:03 am

AF_HikerHP #5  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012
I believe I hiked Trail 4 to the summit. What a beautiful area. The old firewatch tower was very cool. I will come back and hike more of the trails.
Posted Jan 27, 2014 12:20 am

aedwardsLoop from SW up then to Little Devils Tower and back.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2013


Great hike on a not-so-nice weather day. Only one on top, just me and the snow & ice pellets.
Posted Nov 2, 2013 5:51 pm

jamesglazeHP No. 24  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2013
Summited with my two daughters (No. 12). Warm, sunny day, a great day to hike. Great views from the the hut, including the back side of Mount Rushmore. We saw the from side also during our stay in the Black Hills. Harney Peak was one of five HP's during this trip. 1:40 both directions, nice to not be in a hurry for once. Saw a mountain goat within 75 ft. on way down.
Posted Oct 18, 2013 10:36 pm

WoodswalkerHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2007


Beautiful country, enjoyable hike.
Posted Oct 11, 2013 8:01 am

Stu BrandelBlack Elk (Wilderness) Speaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2013

Stu Brandel

The trail from the Willow Creek trailhead was incredibly scenic. The wind also was incredible. Lots of tree fall on the trail. Beautiful views.
Posted Sep 30, 2013 5:31 pm

double EMt. Harney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2013
Before my hike my mom reminded me that it was Friday the 13th (9/13/2013). That was an ominous comment. : )
My hike up started around 9:30am from Sylvan Lake. It was 54 degree's, overcast and foggy at the start.
I took the direct route (path #9) with no deviations on other paths. This route is about 7 miles round trip. I saw around 30 others on my climb and only had decent visibility for the first mile up. After that the fog consumed all views greater than a couple hundred feet. This was my first journey up Harney and I found the climb to be very easy and the path well defined. Signage along the path was clear at every juncture, so much so that one probably wouldn't need a map when taking this route up, although I always strongly suggest having a map anyways. When I reached the juncture of route 9 and 3 the fog became much thicker and could be seen blowing by. It was still around 50 degree's at this point. From there the climb is a little bit more vertical to Harney, which is roughly .7 miles away. On the final descent the temps dropped dramatically and there was nothing to knock down the wind anymore. I arrived at the Firehouse in about an hour and forty five minutes. This included several stops to photograph and one to change clothes. I walk/climb at a pretty average pace. Anyways, due to the fog the visibility at the top was roughly 50 ft. The temp was alos down to 36 degree's, according to another hikers jacket thermometer. For a location that offers a view of four states and several great parks and monuments, that was a bit of a downer. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the hike up. On my climb down the fog turned to a mist, which thickened into rain..so I was thoroughly soaked by the time I arrived at Sylvan. All in all I loved the hike/climb to/from Harney. Just wished I could have seen the views it offers on a clear day! Cheers.
Posted Sep 17, 2013 1:33 pm

WZimmermanHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2013


Hiked to the summit behind my twin daughters (age 11). A great hike and a great day. Memorable experience for all.
Posted Sep 6, 2013 4:57 am

Moogie737Trail #9 from Willow Creek CG/TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2013


This route is longer than Don Holmes says it is. My GPS pegged the one way distance at 5.76 miles. I marveled at the raw beauty of the Black Hills. Warm day-90 degrees. 1+54 up, 1+42 down. Crossed one trickle of a stream on this trail.
Posted Aug 29, 2013 12:38 am

wyozach14First State High Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2013


Great views at the top, easy but fun hike. Took my wife and I an hour up and 45 min. down.
Posted Aug 25, 2013 4:20 pm

grimbleyMy wife's 1st Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2008


Pretty easy hike. Forest had some trees being killed by pine beetle infestation (returned to the area in 2012 and it is much worse). After reaching the top return via a different trail to make a loop.
Posted Aug 6, 2013 1:35 pm

jfulcherFamily Vacation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1993


Hike w/the folks.
Posted May 16, 2013 9:28 am

tylordthemightyAwesome place - one of my favorites  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2012
Going to school in Rapid, I've climbed this many, many times. Every time it is awesome, such a great view of the Hills. Makes me really miss the Black Hills!
Posted Apr 15, 2013 9:15 am

DrPowercatSunny, but icy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2013
great sunny afternoon hike with my boys, lots of ice in several spots on the trail, but we had a great time and had the summit all to ourselves until the wind chased us off
Posted Apr 11, 2013 1:05 am

WyomingSummitsBeautifull!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2012


Easy walkup but amazing scenery!
Posted Apr 8, 2013 10:29 pm

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