Black Elk Peak / Harney Peak Climber's Log

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Holsti97 - Jun 11, 2007 12:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2007

Harney Peak  Sucess!

Climbed with my wife and son Ryan. Nice hike with spectacular views of Custer State Park. Took 1.5 hours to climb and we had the summit to ourselves. Spent an hour on top. Camped at Sylvan Lake. HP #22.

k2excursion - May 29, 2007 9:29 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2004

Highpoint # 27  Sucess!

3-year anniversary date for climbing Harney Peak. It was beautiful! I was up & down in 4 hours, including spending over an hour at the summit. Several mountain goats were up there, getting highpoint credit as well. It's not too difficult of a hike, and the scenery is amazing! Rains came after I got down. Lucky me.


Proterra - May 13, 2007 10:36 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2003

Sturgis  Sucess!

Was in the area during the Sturgis rally... Fucking insane, there must've been 5,000 summiting that day.

The edge

The edge - Mar 14, 2007 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2002

HP #18  Sucess!

Camped in a KOA, one of the biggest ones I saw up to this day...
Some 600 campsites... it was huge...
Found Sylvan Lake; what a nice place to stay;
We almost ran out of water on the way up;
I had to get down and get some more before getting to the top!!


stinkycheezman33 - Mar 8, 2007 4:55 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2005

My First State Highpoint  Sucess!

what a great hike!
up before dawn to watch the sun rise on the trail and back to the campsite before 9:00!
a great day full of wonderful memories


iceworm - Feb 27, 2007 5:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2003

Sylvan Lake  Sucess!

One of my first summits with my dad, thanks dad for teaching me most of what i know about the outdoors


climbmn - Feb 26, 2007 4:20 am

Fun day hike  Sucess!

Fun hike with a great view over the black hills and the needles highway.


hhsilleck - Feb 16, 2007 9:02 pm Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2006

Fun hike  Sucess!

Fun hike - with my wife and her family on the day after Thanksgiving. It was still surprisingly busy.

highice - Feb 1, 2007 5:05 pm

speedy hike  Sucess!

ran up to the summit. coming down, I was slowed by a horse carivan. the young cowboy said I may as well stay behind, since horses are faster than hikers. I asked to pass and was finishing my lunch at the T.H. when he arrived with his guided clients. maybe he'll think twice before saying those words again to a hiker.


LC - Jan 12, 2007 4:04 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2006

Picturesque hike  Sucess!

What a cool hut in the end. Was a little warm even in May. I was glad I wasn't around when it started hailing in Rapid City the next day though.

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Jan 9, 2007 12:17 pm

Good family high point  Sucess!

This is an easy hiking trail for families, that gets steep enough at the end for kids to say they "climbed a mountain." We hiked at dusk in the summer, so the crowds were small but there was plenty of "evidence of horse use."


Shawna - Dec 13, 2006 6:57 pm

Route Climbed: #4 & #9  Sucess!

Climbed a long time ago with a friend when I used to live in SD.


CBakwin - Nov 28, 2006 11:38 pm Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2006

OK  Sucess!

Climbed this RT in three hours on our way from Mount Rushmore to Deadwood. Nice, brisk day, worthwhile hike.


surgent - Oct 19, 2006 7:57 pm

Rainy, but nice  Sucess!

Only person on trail other than a worker up to repair some of the tower. Had rain and fog, but overall had a good time.

Jerry L

Jerry L - Oct 8, 2006 4:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2006

Standard Route  Sucess!



TiogaBradford - Sep 23, 2006 12:55 am

Family fun in the Black Hills  Sucess!

Hiked this peak with my 2 brothers and parents on my first trip out west. Very nice area!


osatrik - Aug 16, 2006 5:46 am Date Climbed: Jul 27, 1986

Family Black Hills Trip  Sucess!

Daughter Vanessa and I did Harney Peak on the second year of our highpoint quest. It was number 12 of my 49 state high points.


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.

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