We parked at Sylvan Lake (had lunch from their snack bar on the porch) and then hiked to the top of Harney Peak. It was quite challenging, more because of it's length. It is over 3 miles up and is a steady climb the whole way. We went up on trailhead #9 and then returned part on #9, but then switched to #4 which made it more of a loop, but it too is over 3 miles. There was a refreshing temperature change at the top and we thought the small pond hidden in the big rocks was pretty cool once we got to the top of the peak and explored the tower and surrounding area. Definitely bring water for each hiker and allow 4-5 hours for the hike. It took us 4, but that included our stop at the top. The beetle infestation is sad as so many trees have been cut down, but it doesn't really take away from the accomplishment of completing and enjoying the hike.
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