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Harney Peak, the easy way

We decided to hike up Harney Peak (also called Black Elk Peak) taking the most common hike - the... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Mitchell, South Dakota
Great Hike in Black Hills

Most people do the short version of this hike from Sylvan Lake. That's about a seven mile hike... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2017
Nowzar A
Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

We decided to hike up Harney Peak (also called Black Elk Peak) taking the most common hike - the tourist route, from Sylvan Lake trailhead up to the top. This is a moderately difficult hike that's mostly a steady climb with a lot of stairs...More

Thank vacationtrip101
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Most people do the short version of this hike from Sylvan Lake. That's about a seven mile hike round trip. My friend and I decided to do the longer, more challenging version starting from Willow creek Horse Camp trail head off Highway 244. This is...More

Thank Nowzar A
Reviewed 24 September 2017

If you are a hiker this trail is a must-do if you find yourself in the Black Hills area. The trail is about 7 miles round trip, and meanders through beautiful forest and rocky areas. The scenes all along the way are very delightful. The...More

Thank OutdoorKidz
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We contemplated if my 7 year old would enjoy this hike... so glad she went with us! It was definitely tough for her but she still talks about it 6 weeks later. My 12 year old has officially gotten the hiking/climbing bug after our trip...More

Thank meggiemeah
Reviewed 24 August 2017

We managed the hike up Harney Peak and picked out the back of Mt. Rushmore in the distance. We'd highly recommend this hike, as well as going all the way up to the lookout tower when the trail separates near the top.

1  Thank Benjamin B
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We climbed this in a rainstorm which was nice to avoid 90 degree heat in the summer. Fun, well groomed trail with diverse environs and a great payback at lookout tower at top. Early in hike you get a glimpse of your end peak and...More

Thank Brendan O
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

WOW, what a beautiful view throughout the hike. For variety, we (15, 16 and 2 adults) started at Sylvan Lake's Trail 4 (to Little Devil's Tower) then merged with Trail 9 (Harney Peak). So many beautiful sights on Trail 4 plus lots of fresh raspberries...More

Thank SusieqLB
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Great trail and the views are terrific! Not real forested due to pine beetle devastation. Fun trail that is not too aggressive with lots of families and dogs making the trek up. The tower at the top is awesome and don't be afraid to rummage...More

1  Thank PAHWestfield
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I'm from the area and have climbed to the top of Harney a few times. This time it was on an unseasonably cold August day. I made it up in just under 1.5 hours on Trail 9. I didn't stop much and I'm a fairly...More

1  Thank Lauren P
Reviewed 5 August 2017

I am trying to hike all the highpoints in all 50 states and this was the second stop on my latest trip. The park where the mountain is located is very nice and has excellant facilities. The trails are well marked and well kept. It...More

Thank Willeynel
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Jessica H
25 July 2017|
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Response from Kevin D | Reviewed this property |
Should be great! Our October weather is "usually dry warm days and cool nights with little wind" enjoy!
24 May 2017|
Response from PG58 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Bring some water for them, though. Enjoy!
17 April 2017|
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Response from travelpartner12 | Reviewed this property |
PG58 gave great tips! I have nothing to add. Enjoy the views!