Black Elk Peak / Harney Peak Climber's Log

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seth@LOKI - Aug 7, 2006 5:50 am Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2003

Winter Hike on Harney  Sucess!

Sylvan Lake was frozen and snow and ice dominated the forest as we hiked past the impressive towering Cathedral crags across the ridge to the spiral staired lookout on top. from the summit the entire range seems smaller and less intricate than it truly is.
We finished the loop hiking past Little Devil's Tower as the trail strolls steeply downhill through the rock spiked gorge rolling through pines back to the trailhead. Awesome trip that beckons me back to the "Hills!"

forestspirit2006 - Jul 15, 2006 4:46 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006

After the overnight rains  Sucess!

Ovenight rains on Harney Peak made for a cool, fresh hike up for our group - Rachel, Tina, Eric, and Tom (see photos). The early morning sun over the clouds below, made for some spectacular viewing - a good example of nature at it's best.


PapaBanucci - Jul 11, 2006 2:50 am Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2006

Hiked with Cousin and 3 Kids  Sucess!

Hiked with cousin and 3 of our kids - ages 8, 9, and 11. We left the younger kids back at the camp. With the ages we took, it was a fun four hour hike with a number of bouldering diversions. With younger kids, I think there would have been more complaining as well as taken more than five hours. We took trail 9 up and 4 down. It was absolutely gorgeous - beautiful forest the whole way. The trail is good. Solo, my cousin and I could have jogged it. Anyhow, the next morning the two of us jogged up and down the Cathedral Spires trail - that was fun.


Koonsy - Jul 9, 2006 3:58 pm

Route: Standard  Sucess!

Pretty cool hike, by far the best part of S Dakota. Nice summit to go out and walk around for cool views.


swampclimber - Jul 4, 2006 6:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 1994

Standard trail  Sucess!

Hiked it with my sister on the 4th of July weekend. Beautiful scenery.


Turbo - Jun 22, 2006 2:35 am Date Climbed: May 16, 2006

Route Climbed: Trail #9  Sucess!

After stopping by to visit the president's at Mt. Rushmore, I jogged up Harney. The view was very nice, but the most rewarding part was the mountain goat that I was able to get some pictures of at the top.

mad maximus

mad maximus - Jun 16, 2006 4:59 am Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2006

Brisk and Windy  Sucess!

Short hike up the trail. It was windy and cold. We just completed the Monster in North Dakota the day before.

forestspirit2006 - May 31, 2006 12:05 am Date Climbed: May 27, 2006

Always Fun  Sucess!

Went up Trail 4, and down Trail 9. It took about 75 minutes up, and 65 minutes down. As always, the views were great. This was much better than the Memorial Day weekend two years ago, when everyone was treated to an hour of heavy hail and lightning.


WestEndAllStar - May 5, 2006 1:57 am

A long time ago...  Sucess!

I hiked Harney peak about 15 years ago on a family vacation. Whoo!

Tie-Dye Mike

Tie-Dye Mike - Apr 8, 2006 10:12 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2005

Thanks again  Sucess!

Hiked on Memorial Day, and I do not recommend this! Obviously hard to find camping and LOTS of people on the trail that day. But it was still beautiful, and this site gave me the information I needed at the time, THANKS.


NanitaD - Apr 7, 2006 12:49 am Date Climbed: May 30, 1988

Regular trail  Sucess!

We'd gone to the area to climb Devils Tower, but I wasn't able to climb it that trip. Instead we hiked to Harney Peak.


Tracy - Apr 5, 2006 5:19 am Date Climbed: Jun 26, 1984

Family hike via Sylvan Lake Trail  Sucess!

I took my parents, my older brother Barton, and my four youngest siblings (Amy, Guy, Mariam, and Laura) on this hike when we were on a family vacation to the Black Hills area. I was able to truly "summit" by climbing onto the very top of the roof of the summit hut.


rkymtn - Mar 22, 2006 8:03 pm

Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Trail Date Climbed: Summer 1993  Sucess!

This was a family vacation many years ago and my first mountain summit. My parents, sister, and I all made it up on a nice summer afternoon.


jakefrisbee - Mar 15, 2006 3:32 am

Check it off  Sucess!

Great hike and nice summit tower.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 11, 2006 4:46 am Date Climbed: May 30, 1988

Standard Route  Sucess!

Nice hike. I liked the stone tower on the summit.


benhabsstal - Feb 4, 2006 10:47 am

Route Climbed: Sylvan 4 Date Climbed: July  Sucess!

Used this mountain as a training regiment for speed ascents in Colorado. Hiked it twice in early July and ran it towards the end of July. Fastest time was 32 minutes even from bottom to top. A great trail run for anyone who is in shape. Beautiful views. God's beauty is seen there.


D-bo - Jan 7, 2006 5:26 pm

Route Climbed: Little Devil's Tower Trailhead Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!

Great view. Busy trail. Highly recommend going through Cathedral spires. Hiked Little Devil's Tower immediately following Harney. Steep at first but was rewarded by sighting a large mountain goat 30 yards away.


Tajji - Jan 3, 2006 10:17 pm

Route Climbed: Trail #9 Date Climbed: December 27, 2005  Sucess!

My 2nd annual Christmas break Harney hike! I got a late start around 3, so I made a push...up and down in 1hr 55min.


SawtoothSean - Dec 30, 2005 10:43 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Run Date Climbed: September 5, 2003

Did this the same day that I climbed the Devil's Tower- Reached the Summit Castle at sunset. Headlamped run back

jm485 - Dec 27, 2005 9:40 am

Route Climbed: Willow Creek Harney Trail #2 Date Climbed: 26 Dec 05  Sucess!

A beatuiful day for hiking!!! None one else on the trail, unless you count the mountain goats and deer.

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