Black Elk Peak / Harney Peak Climber's Log

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weeds19 - Sep 8, 2007 5:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2004

First time in the Black Hills  Sucess!

I followed the well maintained trail up to the interesting summit lookout.


Zandt - Sep 5, 2007 1:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

Very popular hike!  Sucess!

Easier hike than I'd anticipated...hiked on Labor Day weekend, so Sylvan Lake (and the trail) were both very, very busy. Beautiful up top, with great views in all directions, and, inexplicably, swarms of ladybugs EVERYwhere.


TLP - Jul 23, 2007 5:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2007

SylvanLake #9  Sucess!

This was an easy hike from the lake. I wanted to start out early, like daybreak, but I was talking to the ranger the day beforehand while in Custer State Park, and he advised not to do that because there was reportings of mountain lions in the area this year. So I followed his advise, and got a late start for me (9am) It was partly cloudy on the top, so there was limited views, still it was very nice. On the way down there was LOTS of people heading up. I mean like maybe 50 or so! My gosh I guess this one is popular.

The Vor

The Vor - Jul 16, 2007 3:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007

Side Trip  Sucess!

Little hike to the tower on the way back from the winds. NICE breeze up top cuz it was already hot at 8 in the morning.


evolution_star - Jul 16, 2007 10:17 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007

On the way home  Sucess!

Quick jaunt up the trail in crocs after coming back from the winds.


scramblingbadger - Jun 22, 2007 12:44 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

A great hike!  Sucess!

After hiking up the Little Devils Tower, we continued on Trail 4 to the top of Harney Peak. The hike took us through moving clouds, with lots of breezy cool mists. Many other hikers were on the trail, and we got the chance to visit with a few. The hike from the Little Devils Tower took about an hour. Spectacular views!


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.

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