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Harney/Black ElkPeak

This is a must do! We started early since it was to be a warm day, clear day. Totally forgot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
porkchops86
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A Must Do

Plan it for a clear day because the views are stellar! We actually did Little Devils Tower... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2018
bjm1271
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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“highest point” (20 reviews)
“great hike” (38 reviews)
“round trip” (23 reviews)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must do! We started early since it was to be a warm day, clear day. Totally forgot that it was the day of the Solar Eclipse. Took longer to come down from the peak than it did going up. Whether going up...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Plan it for a clear day because the views are stellar! We actually did Little Devils Tower & Harney Peak in the same day. Trail 4 to Trail 9 and 9 all the way back. Recommend a good pair of hiking/trail shoes, depending on forecast...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

We parked at Sylvan Lake and loaded our packs for the overnight hike we planned for our "summit" to Black Elk peak (formally Harney Peak). The next 24 hours was a wonderful "walk in the woods". Our plan was to take the long way up...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

We hiked up from Sylvan Lake, family of 5, with 3 boys, 18, 16 and 10. Stunning scenery and vistas especially Cathedral Spires. This was a moderate hike and so bring proper footwear etc . The watchtower at the top affords great views. Weather can...More

Thank Mike W
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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

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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
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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
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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
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Reviewed 23 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.

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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
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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!
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lynettebianchi
24 May 2017|
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Response from PG58 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Bring some water for them, though. Enjoy!
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rcmrunner70
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!
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