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“A very nice hike, not well marked”
Review of Harney Peak

Ranked #49 of 493 things to do in South Dakota
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Owner description: At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
Reviewed May 27, 2013

In spite of research indicating it was well marked, it's not. The beetle has done a lot of damage, which has knocked down many of the trees with blazes, so we once went the wrong way and other times went for long ways not being sure. We went up trail 9 and down trail 4, which we were glad we had done. The very top has iron stairs installed to help you reach the high point, which felt a bit like cheating. Not long after starting trail 9 it seems to split, with boulders blocking vehicles from the path on the right - that's the trail, not the unblocked tracks to the left. Coming down on 4 gives you a great look at the Cathedral Spires, which I was glad not to have missed. Up and down and stopping took 3.5 hours.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

I've done this hike once before in August and it was hot and crowded. This time we went in the end of March and it was great. The weather was cool and the trails were not crowded. There was a bit of snow, water and mud, so it's best to watch your step or you'll get wet boots.

I'd recommend this hike to anyone looking for a good workout and a nice reward at the top. Will take 6-7 hours, so prepare for that.

You also need to pay $15 for park fees (Custer State Park), but likely if you're in this area you would have been going to the park anyway.

Thank beach2134
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I'm no expert hiker or marathon runner for that matter, but I've hiked my share of trails at Glacier, RMNP, Yellowstone, the Tetons etc... and admittedly, this one kicked my butt! This trail is about 7 miles long depending on which trail up and back down you take. Its all up hill - including the last half mile which includes lots of steep steps (there were several people huffing and puffing in this leg). But the weird thing is, it seems like its all up hill on the way back "down" too. We took this trail in July and the temps were high 80s/low 90s. Drink a lot of water! I got a little dehydrated and once you've reached that point it takes a while to get back to normal.

As for the scenery, its a beautiful trail. Parts are in full sun, but its mostly shaded. The view at the top is awesome. 360˚ of the surrounding areas and a cool lookout station to walk through. It was very crowded however, making it a little difficult to explore. We found a nice spot on a rock to eat lunch. If you finish the hike and get to the top it feels like a nice accomplishment. And its worth the trek - just don't forget to drink a lot of water and take frequent breaks if you find yourself out of breath.

Thank Blaire P
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We had a great time on this hike. It was loooong...but it says 7 miles round trip....I would recommend doing Little Devils Door and Harneys Peak on a round trip hike instead of 2 seperate hikes. Still 7 miles instead of 2 long hikes!

1  Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We judged the difficulty by the elevation change, but that didn't account for the fact that this trail is uphill both ways! Still there aren't any parts that are difficult at all. The trail is well marked and very beautiful. It had snowed the day before we got there so it was wet in some spots but nothing that soaked your shoes. Take plenty of water and if you're not used to the altitude take snacks. Food really helps. And dress for it, layers. Cool and a little breezy in the parking lot, warm when out of the wind, cold and windy at the top, and then warm again on the way down. However halfway down it really clouded up and got cold again. Be prepared. We took trail 9 up and trail 4 down. 4 ends at a different parking lot than 9 begins. We knew that but when we got down we were not looking forward to the 0.4 mile hike back. Fortunately we were rescued -- Thanks Lindsey!!

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