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Sarah SimonVia Little Devils Tower Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2012

Sarah Simon

Hot dog, this place is beautiful! I had not been to the Black Hills since I was 4 years old. I am so grateful for the chance to return. This mountain and the surroundings are absolutely beautiful. I loved the rock, the forest, the views. Amazing. Sorry it took me since 1978 to get back here! Only downside today = uber-windy. Not a nice day for lunch at the summit.
Posted May 27, 2012 6:54 pm

technicolorNHNice view for a plains state  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2010

technicolorNH

It was a nice relaxing climb after doing Elbert a few days before. The rock formations are what the real draw is. The geology there is quite unique and truly beautiful. I can see why they picked Rushmore as a sculptors site.
Posted May 18, 2012 6:25 am

iquest4itCoats in the Trees  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2011

iquest4it

It was a fun hike to the summit from Sylvan Lake, but there were 40+ mph winds, which I could see were common, since the trees on the leeward side were filled with coats, hats, and backpacks blown off unwary climbers. This is the highest peak between the Rocky Mountains and the Pyrenees in Europe.
Posted Jan 8, 2012 9:24 pm

pittbrownieHP #10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2011

pittbrownie

From Sylvan Lake. Great hike!
Posted Jan 7, 2012 11:57 am

theREALCarpeDMSylvan Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2011

theREALCarpeDM

On the annual drive to Indy, I visited Harney Peak. Tried to go from Willow Creek Horse Camp, but the trail was closed for pine beetle mitigation. So I hopped around to the other side. it was probably the 2nd nicest state highpoint I've done so far (besides Mt Elbert I've really only done Plains states). The charge is now $15 - not $5. It was packed snow pretty much the whole way - easy enough with any hiking boots.
Posted Dec 20, 2011 8:43 pm

peaker559Harney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2011

peaker559

The views from the summit are amazing! Standing out on the rocks summit, above the trees is such an open feeling!
Posted Oct 29, 2011 2:16 pm

SocorroFun trip with friends  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2004

Socorro

Did this a while ago during geology field camp with several other geology friends. Beautiful day!
Posted Oct 23, 2011 10:20 am

DiverDaveHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2010

DiverDave

7 miles round trip from trailhead at Sylvan Lake (6170 feet) to summit (7200 feet) and return.
Posted Oct 3, 2011 12:00 am

vbeckman74Little Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2004

vbeckman74

SD is beautiful. We saw Mt. goats, deer, turkeys, green forests and giant statues of dead presidents.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 6:32 pm

milaniteA Summer Afternoon Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2010

milanite

I hiked to the summit of Harney Peak on the afternoon of 19 July 2010, starting at the Sylvan Lake trailhead. It was a beautiful day with pleasant temperatures at altitude. It was also the peak of the tourist season, with lots of vacationers enjoying the trail along with me. The climb gets fairly strenuous toward the summit, but the view is worth it. This was my 27th state highpoint.
Posted Aug 17, 2011 8:46 pm

MlaskyEnjoyable Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006

Mlasky

Made for a nice outing and a doable summit for most folks.
Posted Aug 13, 2011 3:32 pm

xpdaHarney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 1996

xpda

With Boy Scout troop 83.
Posted Aug 10, 2011 3:36 pm

markowensHarney Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2009

markowens

This was my first SHP. My family and I were on vacation in the area and I thought that it would be a fun hike... little did I know that there was a whole community of people out there specifically chasing down SHPs.
Posted Aug 7, 2011 9:37 am

hightineraryFour!  Sucess!

hightinerary

I hiked up it four times in the summer of 2000.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 5:33 pm

yadahzoemtnCastle at the Top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2008

yadahzoemtn

Fun to see the castle on top. But even more fun to see the mountain goat grazing there. Hiked it on the journey from Utah to New York.
Posted Jun 1, 2011 9:22 pm

dwhikeBlack Elk Overnight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2011

dwhike

A nice day hike from our camp along the Lost Cabin Trail.
Posted May 11, 2011 6:17 pm

Iron HikerBlack Elk Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 1996

Iron Hiker

Walked up while on our usual stopover in the Black Hills on the way to Yellowstone....
Posted Mar 29, 2011 8:52 pm

tmfaust21Nice break  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2011

tmfaust21

Nice break after driving for 2 days in a row from TN. Nobody on the trail either
Posted Feb 22, 2011 3:10 pm

rockrat2great views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2011

rockrat2

Hiked with my girlfriend, very easy hike and incredible view from the summit. Worth the time to do. 2-3 hours round trip depending on how much time you goof off.
Posted Feb 21, 2011 9:54 pm

vetmikeGreat hike with an excellent view!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2000

vetmike

Did this hike with my family in high school. What a fun adventure!
Posted Feb 4, 2011 12:21 pm

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