Hiked the clockwise loop to Harney Peak from Sylvan Lake and then went up Little Devils Tower on the way down. It was a cloudy yet beautiful day as a storm came through in the afternoon.
To do this hike we drove up from Hot Springs, SD through Custer Park and saw a bunch of wild life. Had to drive through two one-way tunnels on the Needles Highway. Love the area. Hope to get back to do some rock climbing. Short hike but beautiful and a worthwhile destination.
04/07/15 Took about an hour to hike up here after climb in the Cathedral Spires that day. Relaxed on the summit with a goat and watched the sun set
This was a fortunate winter hike. The temperature ranged from 20s-40s. There was some ice on the trail, but it was mostly clear. It was very windy at the peak, but overall it was a pleasant and vigorous hike from the Willow Creek Entrance up the Harney Peak Trail and ultimately back. The best part is that I didn't see a single person the whole way which is a stark contrast from the mob of people in the summer.
Took this hike with my younger brother and older sister when we camped out in the black hills on vacation. It was a nice, easy hike for just a couple of kids. Beautiful trail.
jogged up into the clouds, clouds everywhere couldn't see very far. 1 hr up and 43 minutes back down.
i can't say it is for anyone because the hike in the summer is hot and very arid, but it is not a technical climb at any point and promises fabulous views of the Needle Spires below and if you are lucky you can see as far away as the badlands in the east. I have climbed this twice... Once with my family on a vacation, and once with my Venture Crew on a trip to work with my Lakota friends of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in Laplante, SD.
If you are in the area, be sure to bag this state high point!
Hiked up trail #9, and down trail #4. Took the baby, 7 year old, and 9 year old. All were happy until the last half mile out on boring dirt road that traversed through some wicked burnt out areas. Revolt was in the air, but promises of ice cream at Sylvan Lake carried our little band through. Lots of folks wheezing on the main trail. I suppose this is closest real mountain for many vacationers from Wisconson, Minnesota, and other flatland states.
Beautiful hike. The actual summit had a cool castle like structure on top. One of my favorite high points so far.
Greatly enjoyed our hike up the Sylvan Lake trail. Good views lower down but socked in at the summit. USFS work crew was repairing the masonry on the tower during our visit. Glad we hiked on Wednesday. Wednesday night we got six inches of snow, in mid-September! #41 for me, #28 for Lillian, #12 for John, #11 for Barb. The Black Hills are spectacular!
Last time I hiked to the summit was 2009. Things sure have changed! Sad to see so much beetle kill on the mountain. Where there used to be a beautiful shady and very quiet section on Trail 4, between Cathedral Spires and Harney, now looks like the aftermath of a war. Still, this is a great hike.
State High Point#37. Loved this area of South Dakota! We took trail #4 from Sylvan Lake and found it to be a mild day in June, and a very pleasant hike. It was a bit windy at the Tower on the summit. I would love to come back and explore more in the Black Hills one day....
Beautiful weather and views. The rocks along the trail from Sylvan Lake were sparkling in the sunlight. Had a few minutes of solitude at the lookout between other hiking groups.
Hiked from the State Park out and back 2 hours. Completely cloud covered. ~50 feet visibility in a lot of places. The tower area at the peak was completely covered in clouds/mist/fog (whatever you want to call it). I didn't actually make it over to the benchmark because of how thick it was. It felt like a medieval castle more than a western US peak. The mystic feel made up for zero views. I was surprised at how well marked the trails and junctions are. Next time I'm here I'll do a through hike from the state park down to horse-thief lake.
We hiked from the Willow Creek trailhead (along SD-244) and found the trail excellent, and sparsely traveled. One of the best kept secrets of the Black Hills, I guess. Great views from the tower - not a cloud in sight!
Passing through the area to see Devil's Tower, Rushmore, and the Badlands I decided to knock out the SD highpoint. Good views of the Black Hills, Cathedral Spires, and Needles from the #4 Trail.
On a project assignment to North Dakota, I blazed across the state in a weekend to hit the highpoints of SD and ND. Even got some tourist time at Mt. Rushmore.
I believe I hiked Trail 4 to the summit. What a beautiful area. The old firewatch tower was very cool. I will come back and hike more of the trails.
Great hike on a not-so-nice weather day. Only one on top, just me and the snow & ice pellets.
Summited with my two daughters (No. 12). Warm, sunny day, a great day to hike. Great views from the the hut, including the back side of Mount Rushmore. We saw the from side also during our stay in the Black Hills. Harney Peak was one of five HP's during this trip. 1:40 both directions, nice to not be in a hurry for once. Saw a mountain goat within 75 ft. on way down.