Black Elk Peak / Harney Peak Climber's Log

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Bjorn - Jul 12, 2018 10:23 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2018

Alone on the mountain at night  Sucess!

Trail 9 up and trail 4 including Little Devil on the way down.
Saw lots of eyes in the dark on the way down from Black Elk- curious deer watching me. Had to wait for mama mountain goat and her kid getting done on top of Little Devil before I could climb the last metres. Beautiful sunrise from Little Devil!

With Sylvan Peak, Little Devils tower, Bear Mountain, Odakota Mountain, Green Mountain, Crows Nest Peak, Crooks Tower, Terry Peak.

Rvojacek - Jun 12, 2018 12:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2016

Great Views, great hike  Sucess!

The entire hike from Sylvan lake to the peak was great. Easy to follow trail, beautiful views!


marciamallow - May 26, 2018 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015

HP #29  Sucess!

Loved the Black Hills area...good quality hike and unique tower at the top...although there were a ton of annoying knats!


wyomtman - May 24, 2018 3:14 pm Date Climbed: May 24, 2018

First family summit  Sucess!

Started at the cathedral spires trail head, 5 month old, 2 year old, and my wife. Beautiful day in a beautiful place!!!

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urraca man - May 22, 2018 6:57 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2018

Beautiful Day!  Sucess!

Another great high point. Went to Mount Rushmore earlier in the day.

triviasteve - Apr 26, 2018 7:38 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2015

goats!  Sucess!

got to the summit and encountered quite a few mountain goats. a beautiful hike in the black hills (you have to drive needles highway!)


NonaRider - Mar 29, 2018 10:56 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2006

Peak #15 [NonaRider]  Sucess!

[Date Approximate]
I had way too much fun climbing in the rocky areas I wasn't supposed to be climbing. Definitely a great exploratory trail! CAUTION enter at your own risk :D


CPrice1024 - Mar 5, 2018 2:53 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2017

SD Highpoint  Sucess!

4th highpoint


ToTheHeights - Feb 13, 2018 7:54 pm

South Dakota  Sucess!

So many summits, and every time it blows me away and renews my appreciation for my home state.


Curtissimo - Aug 7, 2017 9:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2017

With my boys  Sucess!

Nice hike up windy on top water in stone pool very cool.


huskertriguy - Jul 24, 2017 12:26 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2017

2nd Time  Sucess!

Loved hiking with the nieces and nephews. Took the scenic route back via Little Devils Tower.


utahguy058 - Jun 18, 2017 1:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2017

Billy Goat Goes Bonkers on Black Elk

Decided to make a loop of this stunning landscape, to get a nice variety. We went up trail 4, and came down the 9. I was impressed by the granite outcroppings of the Cathedral Spires and Little Devils Dower. We saw a stunning Mountain Goat at the spires, and then again inside the watchtower on Black Elk. He was licking the building for minerals. We saw no one on the number 4 trail and found it more scenic than the more crowded 9 trail we went down, though both were beautiful. The views at top were amazing, and was truly the highlight of the Black Hills. Thanks Billy Goats of Black Elk for a Beautiful Black Hills hike.


Wallylongridge - Sep 11, 2016 11:18 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2016

#9  Sucess!

Camped in Custer State park for a couple of days, saw lots of Bison, Big Horn Sheep and a few Mountain goats. i even got a foot or two up John Gills boulder problem the Thimble. The Lookout Tower on top of Black Elk was pretty cool too!


larvitar - Sep 4, 2016 2:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2016

Larvitour Stop #33  Sucess!

First on the register after the name change! I definitely approve--Black Elk's vision on the mountain makes for a much more interesting name-story than anything General Harney did. After driving in the previous day and seeing how crowded the Black Hills were, I wasn't expecting solitude, but I only met one other party on my way up and down Trail #9 from Willow Creek Horse Camp. The final spur-trail up to Harney was pretty crowded, though, so I guess most people come up from the other direction. All those granite outcroppings along the way are amazing... I suppose some of you crazy folks try to climb them?


Jow - Aug 6, 2016 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2016

Larry Legend  Sucess!

Straight from airport to trailhead. Lacking much energy but a scenic and fun hike. Very crowded even on a Thursday. Unique area for sure quite enjoyed. HP #33


THC73 - Jul 10, 2016 11:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2016

My favorite HP so far!  Sucess!

We were on an epic roadtrip from Pittsburgh to Denver and back stopping at 14 different states, several National Parks, and 5 state High Points. This one was definitely the highlight of our trip as we were the last climbers of the day and a massive storm set in. We only caught the northern tip of the storm, but the winds and sky were incredible to see from the top of the tower!


lidijagrazulis - Jun 1, 2016 11:41 am Date Climbed: May 19, 2016

Amazing views!  Sucess!

Great hike up from Sylvan Lake! First time in the Black Hills and I'm already looking forward to coming back. :-)


sgb02d - May 22, 2016 8:45 pm Date Climbed: May 20, 2016

Exceeded Expectations

This was a very nice hike on a nice day. The stairs at the end were a burner. Lots of people on the trail.

GAflatlander - Mar 3, 2016 8:56 am Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2015

SD Highpoint  Sucess!

Hiked from the north side. Bring plenty of water: only one creek crossing on the route. One of the most beautiful sunsets you'll ever see...


SarahThompson - Sep 8, 2015 11:32 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2015

Loop with Little Devils Tower   Sucess!

9/5/15 - Nice little hike for an introduction to the Needles. Did an easy loop including Little Devils Tower before checking out some technical climbing on nearby Cathedral Spires.

9/21/19 - Did it again with my parents and brother on our South Dakota vacation. Windy!

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