This is really a great hike for a wide range of abilities. Views are beautiful and I recommend it.
Took the trail up from Sylvan Lake and topped out without too much trouble. I had broken my leg 3 months earlier so I wasn't sure how I would do going up but was far enough into recovery that I made it without too much difficulty. Awesome views!
Looped from Little Devils Tower Day use area back to Sylvan lake. Great hike, great weather. HP#2
I've probably climbed this 3-4 times since I was young and it never gets boring. I'm most familiar with the Sylvan Lake trail, but I'm planning on doing the Willow Creek horse Camp trail this fall and also a early morning hike to catch the sunrise on the summit. Just a few items on my South Dakota To-do-list!
great hike!! Even with the crowds and the bikers still very enjoyable
I hiked up the Sylvan Lake Trail with fellow CMCers Karen, Jason and Al. Harney Peak is a very scenic and enjoyable hike. This is my 29th state HP and the first of three during this trip. We clmbed Granite Peak next and then White Butte.
We took a day after visiting my parents-in-law near Sioux City, to drive across S. Dakota to visit a friend and my sister-in-law in Rapid City, and spend the night there before driving home to Salt Lake. On the way we managed to visit my father-in-law's paleontology lab in Vermillion, drive the Badlands loop, and meet a friend for a late lunch in Rapid City, and finished the day with a spontaneous sundown hike of Harney Peak. I'm really glad I was able to squeeze in the chance to see the Black Hills on foot.
We hiked up the lightly traveled trail 4 from Sylvan Lake, stopping near the Cathedral Spires on the way up to climb some smaller rock formations. While enjoying the summit views, we were surprised to see a mountain goat near the summit. On the return hike, we took the spur trail to the top of Little Devil's Tower. This is a beautiful area. HP22
This was my first high-pointer west of the Mississippi, in the first couple weeks of a 3 1/2 month cross-country trip! Great short hike, great views, great area! Custer is one of my favorite state parks.
Highpointed along with ND, IA, and OK on a one week road trip.
Drove into Hill City from KC the night before climbing Harney. That was a 12-hour trip in cold rain, but by the time I hit the Sylvan Lake Trail, it was shaping up to be a beautiful clear day in the high 50s. Trail was snow-packed and icy as I went up, and a slushy, muddy mess on the descent. Great views all around!
A very fun hike in the snow. Did it in 3 hours RT with lots of snow on the trail, after doing some climbing in the Needles. Very cool view.
Walked up there with my dad on brother on our trip across the US. Passed Little Devils Mtn on the way. Nice little roundtrip
Highpoint #6 for me was a great trip. The Black Hills are incredible and I went with my Dad during Sturgis. Great views, nice bikes, good times.
I've hiked Harney Peak three times in my life with three different sets of people, and all of my experiences have been very rewarding. Wonderful views from the top. I'd love to try a different route next time; glad I came upon this site!
Brother Tom and I used this as our post Thanksgiving workout. The trail was snow and icy in places so we didn't run the entire loop. Great views and due to the cold few people.
great view, really. highest point from the rockies to the pyranees! hope they don't turn it into a paved trail to get up there one of these days. I have a feeling they might.
1 hour roundtrip.
Chalk up the first state highpoint for my 3 kids, ages 9, 7, and 4. My wife is also 6 months pregnant and did great. We saw 2 mountain goats down the rocks to the West. We got sprinkled on a little on the return and the rain came gushing down just as we got into the truck. Whew!
Made a long loop out of this climb. Even though it was relatively easy, it was surprisingly beautiful and incredibly scenic. The summit area offered some fun scampering opportunities as well. After gaining the summit, we heard a couple incredibly loud explosions in the distance (the Army was performing some exercises outside of Custer). Have to admit, those were some loud booms. Louder than I've ever heard. Just added to the unique experience. Anyway, southwestern South Dakota is underrated. Great hiking can be had.