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At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.

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The view is to die for!

We had heard about Harney Peak so decided to hike this while on our family vacation. It took us about four hours to complete. We really enjoyed the hike. Please read the sign at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Cathy S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had heard about Harney Peak so decided to hike this while on our family vacation. It took us about four hours to complete. We really enjoyed the hike. Please read the sign at the entrance to the trail #9 where it cautions about changing weather! We were about five minutes from the peak when a brief hail storm passed... More 

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3 Thank Cathy S
Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

This can be a fairly challenging climb depending on your level of fitness. It is not a paved trail by any means and you may be climbing over some large tree branches along the way. I cracked my knee climbing over a branch on the way down but it was well worth the sacrifice. The view throughout is breath taking.... More 

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1 Thank runner1675
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Great hike. Elevation change of 1000 feet, good path. Our 5 year old grandson hiked all 9.3 miles of the round trip hike. Good view from the top. Very popular hike.

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3 Thank DRP54
Weston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This is a well maintained trail that starts at Sylvan Lake and mostly goes up at a reasonable incline. Toward the top it gets steep. It is a six or seven mile round trip depending on where you park. Take extra water!! We did the hike in running shoes, but boots would have been better. Take some bug spray along... More 

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4 Thank smokeylinks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Round-trip this is a 4 to 5 hr hike plus whatever time you spend at the summit. Hike is not too difficult for 80% but as you get toward the top it gets steep & rugged. Bring a hiking pole & plenty of water. It also is very windy at top - bring jacket.

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5 Thank Ken R
Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A very nice hike. Absolutely gorgeous view where you can see to 4 different states. The hike is a workout, going to the highest point in the region. It took us a little over two hours at a fast pace. There were a lot of hikers on the trail.

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1 Thank MapletonFarm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

You will need all three of these. The hike was awesome but I didn't make it to the top. We ran out of time as we had to be somewhere later on in the day. It was very strenuous for a flat land walker like myself. It is very scenic and in the woods kind of hike. But there should... More 

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Palmyra NE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

We have wanted to do this, since the last time we were in the Hills on vacation, but didn't have time to do it. We started out between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. And arrived at the top of Harney Peak just before 11:00. The trail is 3.5 miles one way, for most of the trail it is a decent path,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

If you're looking for adventure, and are willing to hike a few miles, this is the place to go. Trail #9 starts out by the Sylvan Lake area, and winds it's way about 3.5 miles through the trees and rocks to the impressively built lookout tower at the top. Plan accordingly (water, sun screen, snacks) but it is worth it!... More 

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2 Thank Matt S
Mitchell, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We hiked up Harney Peak last weekend taking the Northern Route. This is the Difficult, less common way to Hike Harney. We started at Willow Creek Horse camp, trail 8 to trail 9, then trail 9 to the summit. There is over 1/2 a mile of vertiical elevation climb with some up and down in between. There is no water... More 

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