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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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What a hike!

It is long and hard. My 6, 8, and 12 year old made it. They did a better job than I did. Bring lots of water and snacks. It took my family 5 hours.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
EllisonJo
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Edgerton, Minnesota
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Edgerton, Minnesota
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

It is long and hard. My 6, 8, and 12 year old made it. They did a better job than I did. Bring lots of water and snacks. It took my family 5 hours.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Fantastic hike - it was long - kids aged 9 and 7, it was definitely tiring, but big kids said they would do it again (speaks volumes no?) Amazing views - 360 degrees at 7200 feet!? What's not to love about that!

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Seattle, Washington
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This hike was one of our favorite activities in Custer! As others have noted, the hike from trail #9 is described as "moderate" and should take 4-5 hours. My group (aged 22-50) found the first two miles to be relatively easy, but the last mile to the top was definitely challenging, and would have been difficult for young or inexperienced... More 

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

"moderate" at times strenuous 3 mile hike to the top of Harney peak. There's an old stone fire tower at the top and lots of rocks to climb on or settle down on for a well deserved lunch or snack Trailhead is at Sylvan lake where you'll find bathrooms, a general store, and a lake to cool off in or... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

My wife was concerned that we wouldn't have enough time to do Harney Peak, because of the 4-5hr time commitment. It turned out, and she agrees, that this was the TOP activity we did on this trip. Yes, seeing Rushmore is great and it'll check off your patriotic American card, but summiting Harney Peak feels like an accomplishment. The views... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Holy cow, what a hike. The sights along trail 9 were stunning! Woodland beauty, wildflowers, scenic overlooks, unbelievable views from the top of the peak- this hike has it all! I'm sixty plus so it took us most of the day. The trail close to the top is very tough and I struggled. I actually didn't make it all the... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We hiked this on a perfect day in mid-July. We hiked to the peak from the Cathedral Spires trailhead, not from the Sylvan Lake. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks web site claims that the Spires trail does not connect to the Harney Peak trail system. It does now. The web site should be updated. A ranger at the... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Really great trail. It is very manageable--not overly long or steep, and the steep parts were really well maintained. The old fire watch tower at the top was very interesting and a lot of fun to explore around. Unfortunately, the day we did the hike was really foggy, so I can't speak to the views. I'm sure they would have... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Very well worth the trip. Not at all for you if not in shape. You will definitely need to stop and rest on the way up and is a very long walk, but the view is worth it. Wear some very good shoes made for hiking.

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Brownsburg, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is a very strenuous and time consuming hike but definitely worth it. We did this hike right when we got to the park in the morning at 10 am and did not return to the car till 3pm. There are several routes up and down with so many gorgeous views. Once at the top you can choose to sit... More 

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