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Tremendous Hike with Views

This hike is definitely worth the effort. It is not an easy hike, and takes several hours for the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Red-Camper29
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Views are worth the hike!

We did the 6.6 mile, 1,000+ foot ascent with our 8 and 5 year old in 4.5 hours (including 1/2 hr... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jennifer H
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Delano, Minnesota
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At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
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“great hike” (38 reviews)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike is definitely worth the effort. It is not an easy hike, and takes several hours for the average hiker. There is an 1100 foot ascent to the top. So, be aware, this may literally take your breath away! Once you get to the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the 6.6 mile, 1,000+ foot ascent with our 8 and 5 year old in 4.5 hours (including 1/2 hr break at the top). Bring lots of water (we ran out 1/2 way down as it got warmer), sunscreen, binoculars and/or camera are a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The rating on the trail is Moderate - and is right on track - The highest point in the region at 7,244 feet. Depending on whether you take this as a stroll or workout, it could be easy to hard. Even with the final high...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney peak) is the highest point in South Dakota and the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains and west of the Pyrenees Mountains in Europe. There are several different routes to make it to the top of the mountain, the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail was listed as very difficult level. What made it difficult for us was the elevation and length, more than the terrain really. A fairly quick start uphill before you're warmed up, left us a little breathless, despite being in good cardio shape. There...More

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Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

Harney/Elk Peak Trail was quite an exhilarating experience! It is 3+ mile hike, with an 1,100 rise in elevation, to the top of Elk Trail Peak. There are two separate trail heads, both a southern and northern trail. The southern trail, which starts at lovely...More

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Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

The trail is well marked and easy to follow. I snow shoed in several miles to take in the views. It was a gorgeous day and the skies were clear. Trail 9 to Black Elk Peak, as it is now known, is easily one of...More

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Reviewed February 14, 2018

This is a must do! We started early since it was to be a warm day, clear day. Totally forgot that it was the day of the Solar Eclipse. Took longer to come down from the peak than it did going up. Whether going up...More

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Reviewed January 15, 2018

Plan it for a clear day because the views are stellar! We actually did Little Devils Tower & Harney Peak in the same day. Trail 4 to Trail 9 and 9 all the way back. Recommend a good pair of hiking/trail shoes, depending on forecast...More

3  Thank bjm1271
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Reviewed January 7, 2018

We parked at Sylvan Lake and loaded our packs for the overnight hike we planned for our "summit" to Black Elk peak (formally Harney Peak). The next 24 hours was a wonderful "walk in the woods". Our plan was to take the long way up...More

1  Thank Michael S
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Jessica H
July 24, 2017|
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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!
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lynettebianchi
May 23, 2017|
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Yes! Bring some water for them, though. Enjoy!
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