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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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CLIMB THIS MOUNTAIN

Harney Peak is a workout, but it's beautiful on the trail, and it's spectacular when you get to the top. We saw children as young as four walking with parents to the top, so you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Harney Peak is a workout, but it's beautiful on the trail, and it's spectacular when you get to the top. We saw children as young as four walking with parents to the top, so you can do it. The forest is beautiful, piney woods and the tower is a marvel.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Do not let the "moderate" hike fool you. It's extremely difficult and frankly, not worth the climb. The view is the same at the halfway mark as the tower. Do not take young children, elderly or out of shape. We saw so many of these people miserable and hurting. There are only a few signs and none letting you know... More 

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Michigan
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89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

It was a very,very,very,very long hike but the view from the top was worth it.It was a clear day so we saw 4 different states! The old firewatching tower is fun to explore. So worth it. A must do!!!!!!!! Plan for 4 hours.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Climbing Harney Peak was amazing and very memorable! We did not have a clear day for the hike--we were in the clouds at various points along the route, but that made it even more interesting and different (and cooler!). I would classify the hike as strenuous and challenging, not moderate, although I am 62 and my husband 66. Our son... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It's a long hike, now you know it and can prepare. We brought lots of wAter, our lunch and snacks. My husband carried our 15 month old on his back for the 4 hour round trip. We saw some families with younger kids but it wasn't a cake walk. Parking gets full fast at the trailhead since there is also... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My absolute favorite thing we did as a family in the Black Hills was our climb to the top and back of Harney Peak. It is a moderate hike of 6 miles roundtrip/about 4 hours with children (age 8 and 10) to the stunning lookout on top. The views above are amazing and for the more adventurous you can hike... More 

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Atlanta GA
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Not the easiest of trails, especially for the fear-of-heights crowd (of which I am an active member) as you approach the tower, but well worth the effort and certainly offers the most incredible views in the area!

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Keystone, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

Living near by as we do I try to take this hike every Saturday. Not overly strenuous just really scenic good exercise. The lookout tower and views for SD very nice. I tell everyone to take this hike as one of the best in the Midwest. Plenty of water, a snack just a wonderful way to spend a few hours.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Great hike. Very steep at the top. Beautiful views. Pack a lunch to enjoy while resting when you reach the summit. The trail is very easy to follow and not very rugged until the end.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We have two kids,5 and 7 and they were fine for the total 6 mile hike on trail 9. I think a 5 mile hike would have been more enjoyable but it was a great family experience. I wish there was a sign at the top in the tower so you knew what was in the distance.

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Address: SD
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)

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