We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Best view around!

It is a fun hike going to the top of Black Elk Peak. The views are gorgeous and it is a definite... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The view is worth the hike

A must do. The Sylvan Lake area is a gem within the Black Hills with many hiking trails. Harney... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robyn R
Read all 253 reviews
All photos (230)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“highest point”(24 reviews)
“great hike”(40 reviews)
“sylvan lake”(78 reviews)
At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around South Dakota
from $10.00
More Info
from $8.00
More Info
from $10.00
More Info
Reviews (253)
Filter reviews
252 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews highest point great hike sylvan lake fire tower mile hike miles round trip bring plenty of water black hills moderate hike cathedral spires first aid kit devils tower worth the effort trail head walking stick trail starts hiking shoes
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 252 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a fun hike going to the top of Black Elk Peak. The views are gorgeous and it is a definite MUST for anyone in the area.

Thank adC8882CI
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must do. The Sylvan Lake area is a gem within the Black Hills with many hiking trails. Harney Peak is the crown jewel being the highest peak east of the Mississippi and west of the Pyrenees. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view. It...More

Thank Robyn R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A truly amazing hike! Not for the faint of heart make sure you pack lots of water M watch the weather! Very relaxing

Thank Marlin L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Black Elk Peak, formerly Harney Peak, is the highest natural point in South Dakota. Located 3.7 miles west/southwest of Mount Rushmore in the Black Elk Wilderness area in the Black Hills National Forest, the peak is 7,244 feet tall, the highest summit in the United...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Black Elk / Harney Peak hike is certainly the hike to do when in the Black Hills. It is a good 4 hr / 7 mile hike, so bring food and water and wear hiking boots. It really is fairly easy most of the way,...More

Thank Ann S
Reviewed September 13, 2018

The Black Elk/Harney Peak hike was one of the highlights of our South Dakota road trip. The entire hike is scenic, but the views at the top are unreal. This is the highest peak east of the Rockies, in fact nothing is higher until you...More

Thank Adam S
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

This was one of my favorite things we did in the black hills, it is so worth the hike up to it we took the advice and went up trail 4 and came down trail 9 and was good advice, trail 4 follows little devils...More

Thank Ruby K
Reviewed August 29, 2018

We hike up Harney peak with our family of 4. Our children are 4 and 7. We started our hike around 1:30 and got back down around 6:30pm. On the way up we took many breaks to enjoy the views, eat snacks and drink water....More

1  Thank danat06
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Did this with my 10 year old daughter took about 6 hours with lots of stops and breaks and lunch at the top. Went up trail 9 and down trail 4. This was not to difficult and about 7 miles round trip.

1  Thank Jerrodborder
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Now known as Black Elk Peak, This was a great hike that offers amazing views of the Black Hills. This is the highest point in the USA east of the Rockies. The hike itself is pretty moderate, a steady incline up to the top which...More

3  Thank arichard1129
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 397 nearby hotels
Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge
206 reviews
2.48 miles away
Black Hills Cabins and Motel at Quail's Crossing
155 reviews
4.45 miles away
Pine Rest Cabins
129 reviews
4.49 miles away
Quality Inn near Mount Rushmore
297 reviews
4.76 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2,174 nearby restaurants
Silver Dollar Saloon
175 reviews
4.31 miles away
Carvers Cafe
275 reviews
3.87 miles away
Sylvan Lake Lodge
278 reviews
2.41 miles away
KOA Palmer Gulch Chuck Wagon Dinner
52 reviews
3.27 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 976 nearby attractions
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
9,938 reviews
3.22 miles away
Black Hills Above and Beyond Tours
104 reviews
3.82 miles away
Iron Mountain Road
1,415 reviews
4.86 miles away
Black Hills National Forest
799 reviews
1.82 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Jessica H
July 24, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Kevin D | Reviewed this property |
Should be great! Our October weather is "usually dry warm days and cool nights with little wind" enjoy!
May 23, 2017|
Response from PG58 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Bring some water for them, though. Enjoy!