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Harney Peak

Address: SD
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Ranked #11 of 233 Attractions in South Dakota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
Owner description: At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
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Type: Mountains, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
Owner description: At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
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Miller
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70 reviews 70 reviews
23 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We hiked Harney Peak in August and had a great experience. The hike, 3 miles each way, took us about 3 1/2 hours. I wouldn't suggest this hike for young children or older adults that are not in shape but for the rest of us from 14 - 70 and in reasonably good shape it is worth the time. The... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If you only have a short period of time in Custer State Park, I recommend making the Harney Peak trail a priority! I know it's 6 miles roundtrip and that it's labeled moderate (I would put it more in the easy to moderate category), but the views are truly breathtaking! The rock formations along the trail as well as the... More 

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Milwaukee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Our son had hiked to the top of Harney Peak last year and said we should try it. My husband and I are both 69 years old and do a lot of hiking, but decided we would be satisfied even if we only made it halfway up the 3 mile trail to the top. We packed sandwiches, water, and chips... More 

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Warrenville, IL
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134 reviews 134 reviews
74 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We enjoying hiking on vacation and had picked out Harney Peak based upon other reviews; what a wonderful hike it was. We are in fairly good shape, but feel that someone with moderate physical fitness could make the trek being properly prepared. There are flush toilets and water available at the trailhead, but not once you are on the trail.... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I had been wanting to do this hike for several years, and finally had the opportunity. It took my wife and I 4.5 hours to do the 7 mile loop, and it was WORTH IT!! Trail 4 is the easiest, but still strenuous. Take water and a snack, and the top is much colder than the base,so bring a layer... More 

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Redlands, California
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252 reviews 252 reviews
113 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My wife and I decided to climb to Harney Peak because it is the South Dakota high point, but it ended up being much more than that. 8 inches of snow fell in Custer just a few days before and we were concerned we wouldn't be able to do the hike. We were pleasantly surprised to see quite a few... More 

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