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fun hike...come prepared

This was our first time hiking the trail and we had a lot of fun. we are not hikers, or even in... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2018
Omaha, ne
The best place to go in the Black Hills

Start way past Sylvan Lake. Drive up Needles Highway. Park at the trail marked “Cathedral Spires... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2018
Lincoln, Nebraska
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At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
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Reviewed 2 November 2018

This was our first time hiking the trail and we had a lot of fun. we are not hikers, or even in good shape so we did find the trail pretty hard to complete. The last 15-20minutes to the top are the hardest. The view...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tanyac21
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Start way past Sylvan Lake. Drive up Needles Highway. Park at the trail marked “Cathedral Spires”. When you start from this trailhead it only takes 2:30 to get to the summit. When you seem to lose the trail, crawl up the slide of large rocks....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank geminii29forever
Reviewed 2 October 2018

It is a fun hike going to the top of Black Elk Peak. The views are gorgeous and it is a definite MUST for anyone in the area.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MrsBobbyD
Reviewed 2 October 2018

A must do. The Sylvan Lake area is a gem within the Black Hills with many hiking trails. Harney Peak is the crown jewel being the highest peak east of the Mississippi and west of the Pyrenees. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Robyn R
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

A truly amazing hike! Not for the faint of heart make sure you pack lots of water M watch the weather! Very relaxing

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Marlin L
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Black Elk Peak, formerly Harney Peak, is the highest natural point in South Dakota. Located 3.7 miles west/southwest of Mount Rushmore in the Black Elk Wilderness area in the Black Hills National Forest, the peak is 7,244 feet tall, the highest summit in the United...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Black Elk / Harney Peak hike is certainly the hike to do when in the Black Hills. It is a good 4 hr / 7 mile hike, so bring food and water and wear hiking boots. It really is fairly easy most of the way,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ann S
Reviewed 13 September 2018

The Black Elk/Harney Peak hike was one of the highlights of our South Dakota road trip. The entire hike is scenic, but the views at the top are unreal. This is the highest peak east of the Rockies, in fact nothing is higher until you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Adam S
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

This was one of my favorite things we did in the black hills, it is so worth the hike up to it we took the advice and went up trail 4 and came down trail 9 and was good advice, trail 4 follows little devils...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ruby K
Reviewed 29 August 2018

We hike up Harney peak with our family of 4. Our children are 4 and 7. We started our hike around 1:30 and got back down around 6:30pm. On the way up we took many breaks to enjoy the views, eat snacks and drink water....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Jessica H
25 July 2017|
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Response from SDwestriver | 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!