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

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A beautiful hike

There are two trails to Harney Peak (courtesy of Google, I've also learned it has just been re-named, within the last week, as Black Elk Peak)-- the southern trail is both shorter... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
David292737
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Durham, NC

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A traveler from the East going across South Dakota may get bored with the Scenery. But I can honestly say that in a high Seated vehicle around Kadoka the sight of Harney Peak will AWE.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a fairly strenuous hike, but well worth it. It takes about 4+ hours. Take water and snacks. Would definitely recommend it

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Durham, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are two trails to Harney Peak (courtesy of Google, I've also learned it has just been re-named, within the last week, as Black Elk Peak)-- the southern trail is both shorter (1 mile less each way) and about 1,000 feet less vertical climb. Note that the northern trail lies within the Black Hills National Forest while the southern trail... More 

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a LONG hike - it took us 2 hours to get to the top. I had read reviews, so knew what we were getting into. Make sure you take enough water. We took two standard size water bottles each and could have probably used one more. We are glad we brought a snack to have once we got... More 

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Mason, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We began our hike later in the afternoon. Usually, we start early on hikes like this where we think they may be fairly busy. But having driven 19 hours overnight, we arrived, checked into our hotel and hit the Sylvan Lake trail head around 2:30-3:00. To our surprise, we had most of the hike to ourselves during this mid-July weekday.... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the most exhausting amazingly beautful hike we have ever taken. Its the top thing we did on this trip. According to my fitbit it was 9.48 miles (we went up using trail 4 and down using trail 9) and we did this jn just under 5 hours. The trail can get very steep and as you get near... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go for the hike, stay for the view. Take a good supply of water, snacks and your camera. The trail is well marked, wide (in most parts) and well worn. Their are some steeper parts, however, as well as stairs at the base of the visitors area to ascend to the peak observatory. Lots of travelers and even some live... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked Trail 9 up and back. We loved it and highly recommend it. The scenery along the way and the tower/view at the top are lovely. In August it was very warm. Start early (9am or earlier), take water & nutrition and wear sunscreen & hat. The weather didn't change on us but I'm sure it could change -... More 

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did trail 9 up to the peak which is about 7 miles there and back in 4 hours. Be aware that trail 9 dips down into a valley about the half way point so you have to climb back up again to Harney Peak. Go early and avoid the crowd and the heat and have spare clothes as the... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hike to Harney Peak Trail is arguably the best hike in the Black Hills, maybe in all of South Dakota, or maybe even in the North Central USA! Views from the top are spectacular and make the ~8 mile hike worth the effort. Here's some tips: - Take a map! The trails are clearly marked, but trail numbers are... More 

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