I've gone up three times: once via Needles and twice via the Sylvan Lake route. Both were fun and very pretty. The first time I was above the clouds. Gorgeous. The last time I got to see a thunderstorm roll in just to the north of us. No trip to The Black Hills should be without this hike.
Fun easy hike, passed as many dogs as people on the way up.
Very good hike and climb ot this "giant" of the midwest.
The Black hills are a beautiful sight.
I took some cool pictures !
Easy hike, but a lot of horse droppings to avoid.
Excellent weather for a hike to the watchtower...50 degrees and sunshine.
My second time up after growing up in this part of the world.
Dreary day in SD; had some light rain early in climb, but cleared a bit at summit. USGS markers (3) found 50-100 yards East (I think) of summit tower, on clearly identifiable alternate peak. A mountain goat was standing watch nearby on my summit day.
No scrambling, short but a bit more strenuous than expected because of altitude, bottom mile is spectacular going past “needles”
This was a nice hike after we climbed Devils Tower the day before.
This is a very scenic hike... especially in winter, at 3am, because there are no tourists. I was in Rapid City in mid-December for work, working crazy hours each day, and the only time I could sneak away to climb this was at 3 am, returning in time to go back to work.
More people on this than any mountain in CO I have ever done. We were using treking poles, and we got lots of comments from people about our "ski poles". Summit view was nice. Overall I was annoyed most of the time by the people on this hike.
Hiked as part of the Wartburg XC team during the 97 training camp trip to the Black Hills. Amazing views when the clouds would open up for a few seconds.
Beautiful day, no problems reaching the summit. Great warm-up climb for the bigger Rockies if you're coming from the midwest.
Ran out of day light on this December afternoon. Views of the Needles and the distant Badlands NP were worth this hike.
My Dad and I climbed this peak in 1997. We had a great time on our hike. The weather was gorgeous and the views of all the spires were wonderful.
Headed over to SD to visit the Needles, but after a night thunderstorm, Josh and I headed up this state high point instead. Started raining at the summit and in earnest when we got back to the car. On the way down, we saw about 12 or so kids in sweatshirts on their way up. Wonder how they're doing now. There are flash flood and high wind warnings in effect for the region now; 44°F in town. I haven't seen this much rain in ages - you definately get spoiled in the Sierras. My 7th state highpoint.
Incredible rocks in the Black Hills. Lots of lightening while in the observatory on top, got down pretty quick.
A nice walk with a good view.
Was a beautiful climb . Not hard and the view from the top is gorgeous.
Hiked from the Willow Creek Horse Camp to the summit of Harney Peak on a beautiful summer day. Took about 2 hours to reach the summit. Had lunch at the top and then headed down. This was my third ascent of Harney, and the second time up the northern route. I definitely recommend the northern route for people wanting a little more of a challenge, and a lot more solitude along the way. I basically used Harney Peak to acclimate myself to climb Cloud Peak, WY (13,167 ft) a couple of days later, since I live in Illinois.