Black Elk Peak / Harney Peak Climber's Log

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utahguy058 - Jun 18, 2017 1:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2017

Billy Goat Goes Bonkers on Black Elk

Decided to make a loop of this stunning landscape, to get a nice variety. We went up trail 4, and came down the 9. I was impressed by the granite outcroppings of the Cathedral Spires and Little Devils Dower. We saw a stunning Mountain Goat at the spires, and then again inside the watchtower on Black Elk. He was licking the building for minerals. We saw no one on the number 4 trail and found it more scenic than the more crowded 9 trail we went down, though both were beautiful. The views at top were amazing, and was truly the highlight of the Black Hills. Thanks Billy Goats of Black Elk for a Beautiful Black Hills hike.


Wallylongridge - Sep 11, 2016 11:18 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2016

#9  Sucess!

Camped in Custer State park for a couple of days, saw lots of Bison, Big Horn Sheep and a few Mountain goats. i even got a foot or two up John Gills boulder problem the Thimble. The Lookout Tower on top of Black Elk was pretty cool too!


larvitar - Sep 4, 2016 2:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2016

Larvitour Stop #33  Sucess!

First on the register after the name change! I definitely approve--Black Elk's vision on the mountain makes for a much more interesting name-story than anything General Harney did. After driving in the previous day and seeing how crowded the Black Hills were, I wasn't expecting solitude, but I only met one other party on my way up and down Trail #9 from Willow Creek Horse Camp. The final spur-trail up to Harney was pretty crowded, though, so I guess most people come up from the other direction. All those granite outcroppings along the way are amazing... I suppose some of you crazy folks try to climb them?


Jow - Aug 6, 2016 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2016

Larry Legend  Sucess!

Straight from airport to trailhead. Lacking much energy but a scenic and fun hike. Very crowded even on a Thursday. Unique area for sure quite enjoyed. HP #33


THC73 - Jul 10, 2016 11:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2016

My favorite HP so far!  Sucess!

We were on an epic roadtrip from Pittsburgh to Denver and back stopping at 14 different states, several National Parks, and 5 state High Points. This one was definitely the highlight of our trip as we were the last climbers of the day and a massive storm set in. We only caught the northern tip of the storm, but the winds and sky were incredible to see from the top of the tower!


lidijagrazulis - Jun 1, 2016 11:41 am Date Climbed: May 19, 2016

Amazing views!  Sucess!

Great hike up from Sylvan Lake! First time in the Black Hills and I'm already looking forward to coming back. :-)


sgb02d - May 22, 2016 8:45 pm Date Climbed: May 20, 2016

Exceeded Expectations

This was a very nice hike on a nice day. The stairs at the end were a burner. Lots of people on the trail.

GAflatlander - Mar 3, 2016 8:56 am Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2015

SD Highpoint  Sucess!

Hiked from the north side. Bring plenty of water: only one creek crossing on the route. One of the most beautiful sunsets you'll ever see...


SarahThompson - Sep 8, 2015 11:32 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2015

Loop with Little Devils Tower   Sucess!

9/5/15 - Nice little hike for an introduction to the Needles. Did an easy loop including Little Devils Tower before checking out some technical climbing on nearby Cathedral Spires.

9/21/19 - Did it again with my parents and brother on our South Dakota vacation. Windy!


fallonclimbs - Aug 30, 2015 1:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2015

Highpoint!  Sucess!

This was my first state highpoint in 2011, and I went back to repeat it in 2015 on my second lap of state highpoints (I have 49 completed). Pleasant little hike and cool tower on the top


cheetah262 - Aug 24, 2015 8:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2015

Clear and Calm  Sucess!

An almost perfect day up the Willow Creek trail to Harney. Not another soul on this trail until I got to the final bit where it joins up with the Sylvan Lake trail (from the number of people on the summit, I imagine that trail was quite crowded!).
Read the little book Harney Peak Revealed for some interesting history/facts about the peak.
State Peak #10….40 to go!


Jenniferzivic - Jul 21, 2015 12:51 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2015

Adventure Travel Gal  Sucess!

Bagged SD on a trip to the Badlands. Just decided to do this. Wish there were more entries here from people recently. This is only #4.


DarrenKnezek - Jul 13, 2015 10:32 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010

Glitter Highway  Sucess!

Fantastic Summit and Hike! The trail glittered like gold the entire way to the top.


rmjwinters - Jun 30, 2015 8:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2015

Nice run  Sucess!

Nice trail run to a great summit with fantastic views!


mattdalman - Jun 25, 2015 2:23 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2015

HP #31  Sucess!

We hiked this one on a beautiful day. Trail #9 on the way up and #4 on the way down combined with Little Devils Tower.


mountaingazelle - Jun 1, 2015 9:09 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2015

Harney  Sucess!

Hiked the clockwise loop to Harney Peak from Sylvan Lake and then went up Little Devils Tower on the way down. It was a cloudy yet beautiful day as a storm came through in the afternoon.


vanman798 - Jun 1, 2015 7:03 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2015

Great Area  Sucess!

To do this hike we drove up from Hot Springs, SD through Custer Park and saw a bunch of wild life. Had to drive through two one-way tunnels on the Needles Highway. Love the area. Hope to get back to do some rock climbing. Short hike but beautiful and a worthwhile destination.


Mooner - Apr 13, 2015 3:00 pm


04/07/15 Took about an hour to hike up here after climb in the Cathedral Spires that day. Relaxed on the summit with a goat and watched the sun set

Musisca - Feb 10, 2015 9:12 pm Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2015

Warm Winter Hike  Sucess!

This was a fortunate winter hike. The temperature ranged from 20s-40s. There was some ice on the trail, but it was mostly clear. It was very windy at the peak, but overall it was a pleasant and vigorous hike from the Willow Creek Entrance up the Harney Peak Trail and ultimately back. The best part is that I didn't see a single person the whole way which is a stark contrast from the mob of people in the summer.


16herdmanr - Feb 8, 2015 1:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2012

Harney Peak  Sucess!

Took this hike with my younger brother and older sister when we camped out in the black hills on vacation. It was a nice, easy hike for just a couple of kids. Beautiful trail.

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