Black Elk Peak / Harney Peak Climber's Log

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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.


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.

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