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Address: SD
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
Description: At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.

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Awesome views!

The hike here is long and a bit tough, but you will be rewarded with stunning views and a chance to explore the highest point in South Dakota! I suggest starting from Sylvan Lake... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Holmesville, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Long day hike with a great view at the top . Very steep in places with a fire watch tower on top of mountain built by the CCC during depression . Can see the Badlands from here on a clear day. Was about 9 Miles round trip , tiring but worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The hike here is long and a bit tough, but you will be rewarded with stunning views and a chance to explore the highest point in South Dakota! I suggest starting from Sylvan Lake and return by Trail 4 to Little Devils Tower and Cathedral Spires to fully enjoy the most of your hike. It won't add much time to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

My husband and I had hiked Little Devil's Tower Trail the day before, and even though the views on this particular hike were pretty, we both preferred the end-result views from Little Devil's Tower. We enjoyed this hike, we simply preferred the other one (less crowded, etc.)

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New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

It's a great hike. not too strenuous but still allowed us to exercise our muscles after a snowy winter. we picked the good time because it's off season and we only encountered 4 parties in our 5 hour hike. the view from the summit was stunning. just happened that we went on the day when the windcave national park was... More 

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Plymouth, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This was honestly one of my favorite things from our trip. We ran into some travelers that had been to the area before. I asked them what their favorite thing to do was, and I was told Harney Peak. The hike is moderate. I think it's about 6 & miles total there and back. Come prepared with water and energy... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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51 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Visiting the Black Hills and need a half-day away from the crowds of tourists? Harney Peak is a nice escape within the Black Hills. There is a moderately easy trail to the top of South Dakota's highest peak. Most of the hike is wooded, though once you get to the top there are some great views of the region.

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Miller
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The views are absolutely stunning. You need to plan on 6 or 7 hours. It is a 7 mile hike round trip. It is almost always windy and a little chilly, so take a light jacket. Bring your binoculars and your cell phone. (You have cell coverage there) You can see the back of Mt Rushmore, Little Devils Tower, The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We did this hike in offseason in the middle of December. The trail was muddy and snowy but it is relatively easy. We did not know there was a stone built tower at the top so it was a nice surprise to find it. Saw some good wildlife including deer hopping through the woods. If you're standing just outside of... More 

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Oxford, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We did this 7 mile hike with our two children ages 6 and 8 the day after we climbed White Butte - the highest point in North Dakota. Although long it is primarily a moderate climb without anything real steep until you are almost at the top. Scenery was beautiful all the way up and the kids loved finding huge... More 

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lesliegb
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We did the Harney Peak loop, which I would highly recommend, took Trail #9 up and came back Trail #4. The trail is moderate in grade, and is beautiful with amazing views from the fire lookout. Trail #4 takes you right by Cathedral Spires, stunning rock formations and views. We also did a side trip up Little Devils Tower, which... More 

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