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Harney Peak

SD
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Ranked #11 of 266 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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Ottawa, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Nice hike ending at impressive fire tower. Definitely continue on & do Little Devil's Tower. Park entrance fee a little steep -have to pay for week even if you're going for a day.

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Hibbing, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My husband and I visited the Black Hills in June and we wanted to do a lot of hiking on the trip. Harney Peak was highly recommended and it was great! We took Trail 9 from Sylvan Lake, which I believe is rated moderate, but it's a little strenuous the last 1/2 hour or so of the ascent (we're 62... More

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The entire hike on Trail #9 both directions (for our family of 6 - kids ages 9-15) took about 4.5 hours (1.75 hr up, 1.5 hr down, and the remainder at the top enjoying the view). I recommend bringing plenty of water and substantial snacks if you have kids. As others have reviewed, wear walking shoes or hiking boots as... More

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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Our hike to Harney Peak was one of our favorite things we did in SD. It took us about 1.5 hrs to hike up, hung out for ~30 min at the top and ate our picnic lunch and 1 hr. down. There is nothing difficult about the hike other than the duration and incline (never too bad) and you can... More

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Just got back from our South Dakota Trip. Our family of 5 ( three are teens) loved visiting Custer Park an hiking Harney Peak. We took trail 9 going up and trail 4 coming down. The whole hike takes about 4 hours. My kids basically ran up to trail , but for me it was a lot harder than when... More

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Hutchinson, Kansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I have anxiety disorder, I hate heights, and was driving alone with my two kids. However, I'm so glad I drove to the top. We were all pretty scared in the car on the way up, but once we made it we all felt like it brought us a little closer and made a nice memory to share for the... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Take the #9 Trail from the bottom of Sylvan Lake Campground. It's a 3 hour hike. Please wear appropriate shoes (not flip flops), a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. Most of the path is fairly easy except for the last 30 minutes or so which is pretty steep. The views are absolutely incredible over the Black Hills Valley. I... More

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Wawanesa, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My boyfriend and I took a few days off and decided to explore North & South Dakota. We rode the 1880 train from Hill Side to Keystone - great time - along the way they pointed out Harney Peak and gave some info on it. We thought that would be amazing to explore so the next day we set out... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My family of 5 hiked to the top using trail #9 going up and down. We parked by Sylvan Lake (use the restrooms) and started there. We are not hikers by any means and our kids ages 8, 10 & 14 tuffed it out with a few stops on the way up. Wear good shoes - no flip flops as... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had a beautiful day to hike up to this amazing place! We hiked up Trail #4 and came back down the mountain on trail #9. We had a small mishap when we accidentally took the wrong trail down the wrong side of the mountain so were able to enjoy the hike back up one more time! The trail could... More

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