Black Elk Peak / Harney Peak Climber's Log

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huskertriguy

huskertriguy - May 30, 2012 1:08 am Date Climbed: May 29, 2012

SHP #14  Sucess!

I had intended to hike the Willow Creek route, but of course only discovered after several beers near the trailhead the night before my intended hike (having arrived shortly after dusk) did I think to walk to the trailhead to check for signage. Then and only then did I learn about the trail closures.

Oh well. The next morning I drove around to Sylvan Lake and hit the trail by 9:00. Even with my late start, I didn't see a soul until the summit. Three other people were there and departed shortly after my arrival. For 15 blissful minutes I had the summit all to myself. Beautiful day!

Then I headed down, and it was a steady parade of would-be hikers all the way back to the trailhead. TWO different parties were hiking with small foo-foo dogs; there were other head-tilting displays en route to the summit as well. I was glad to avoid all the clowns for the most part. Looks like if you get a halfway-early start, you can too.

Finished in 3 hours; was sitting at the Sage Creek Grille in Custer noshing on a delicious Dakota Burger by 12:30.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - May 27, 2012 6:54 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2012

Via Little Devils Tower Trail  Sucess!

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.

technicolorNH

technicolorNH - May 18, 2012 6:25 am Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2010

Nice view for a plains state  Sucess!

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.

iquest4it

iquest4it - Jan 8, 2012 9:24 pm Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2011

Coats in the Trees  Sucess!

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.

pittbrownie

pittbrownie - Jan 7, 2012 11:57 am Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2011

HP #10  Sucess!

From Sylvan Lake. Great hike!

theREALCarpeDM

theREALCarpeDM - Dec 20, 2011 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2011

Sylvan Lake  Sucess!

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.

peaker559

peaker559 - Oct 29, 2011 2:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2011

Harney Peak  Sucess!

The views from the summit are amazing! Standing out on the rocks summit, above the trees is such an open feeling!

Socorro

Socorro - Oct 23, 2011 10:20 am Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2004

Fun trip with friends  Sucess!

Did this a while ago during geology field camp with several other geology friends. Beautiful day!

DiverDave

DiverDave - Oct 3, 2011 12:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2010

Harney Peak  Sucess!

7 miles round trip from trailhead at Sylvan Lake (6170 feet) to summit (7200 feet) and return.

vbeckman74

vbeckman74 - Aug 21, 2011 6:32 pm Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2004

Little Castle  Sucess!

SD is beautiful. We saw Mt. goats, deer, turkeys, green forests and giant statues of dead presidents.

milanite

milanite - Aug 17, 2011 8:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2010

A Summer Afternoon Hike  Sucess!

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.

Mlasky

Mlasky - Aug 13, 2011 3:32 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2006

Enjoyable Summit  Sucess!

Made for a nice outing and a doable summit for most folks.

xpda

xpda - Aug 10, 2011 3:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 1996

Harney  Sucess!

With Boy Scout troop 83.

markowens

markowens - Aug 7, 2011 9:37 am Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2009

Harney Peak  Sucess!

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.

yadahzoemtn

yadahzoemtn - Jun 1, 2011 9:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2008

Castle at the Top  Sucess!

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.

dwhike

dwhike - May 11, 2011 6:17 pm Date Climbed: May 7, 2011

Black Elk Overnight  Sucess!

A nice day hike from our camp along the Lost Cabin Trail.

Iron Hiker

Iron Hiker - Mar 29, 2011 8:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 1996

Black Elk Trail  Sucess!

Walked up while on our usual stopover in the Black Hills on the way to Yellowstone....

tmfaust21

tmfaust21 - Feb 22, 2011 3:10 pm Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2011

Nice break  Sucess!

Nice break after driving for 2 days in a row from TN. Nobody on the trail either

rockrat2

rockrat2 - Feb 21, 2011 9:54 pm Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2011

great views  Sucess!

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.

vetmike

vetmike - Feb 4, 2011 12:21 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2000

Great hike with an excellent view!  Sucess!

Did this hike with my family in high school. What a fun adventure!

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