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Harney Peak

SD
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Ranked #19 of 273 Attractions in South Dakota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
Description: At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
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MN
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Picked a perfect day to go as it was partly sunny and at times slightly overcast. Brought a pack with couple of bottles of water, my lunch, and first aid kit, hey you never know. Followed trail 9 up to the top. Met a lot of other hikers that day along the way and stopped many times just to soak... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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452 reviews 452 reviews
178 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This hike isn't easy, but if you're up for it, it's one of the best hikes and views in the country. The view from the top is worth the couple of hours that you'll spend hiking up there. Bring your walking stick, it'll help for the trip back down; making it easier on your knees on the downslopes. There isn't... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

LOVED IT! We parked at Sylvan Lake (great area to hangout in!) and had a picnic lunch. Following we used the bathrooms as there are no options on the trails or at the top. We took the #9 trail up. Our young 30 year old selves took 1.5hrs at a brisk walking pace to get to the top. It went... More

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lubbock, TX
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I just did this starting around 8:30 in the morning and I had the trail almost entirely to myself. It's really about 7 miles when most of the maps say 6, but what's a mile when you can have some really majestic views? It does get moderate/strenuous near the end, but nothing that can't be accomplished by taking your time.... More

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Crystal
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

First time I saw Harney I was ten years old. We were on a family trip and had driven to see Mt Rushmore from Texas. As jaw dropping wonderfilled as Mt Rushmore was Harney Peak impressed me even more. My Rushmore was close and full of grandeur. Harney Peak was a distant enigma that attracted my creative imagination. It was... More

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St. Paul
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The hike was exhausting but was worth it. My 12 and 10 year old handled the hike well. It took us 3.5 hours to get there and back and that was at a pretty quick pace. The view at the top is breathtaking.

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West Simsbury, Connecticut
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The views of the Black Hills at the top of this Peak are spectacular. The hike up is also a wonderful hile of about 3.5 miles. The climb is gradual and relatively easy to accomplish. We took the number 4 trail down for a change of pace. It allowed us to see Little Devils Tower as well. We will definitely... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Just hiked Harney Peak for the first time, and while it was a great adventure, there are a few things I would recommend, especially for a novice like me. We went up on Trail #4 which was too strenuous for the majority of our group. We came down on Trail #9 which was much easier walking. We should have had... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This 7 mile round trip is moderate with great views as you climb the largest mountain (~7200 ft) east of the Rockies and west of the Pyrenees. The stone CCC building buit in the 1930s is very impressive and allows for some amazing views. Well worth the hike.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is a hike that you should include in your trip in the Black Hills. The hike is an adventure but the view from the top makes the trek well worth it. Be sure to go all the way to to top of the lookout and to explore the tower. On the day I hiked the trail, waiting at the... More

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