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Mud, Snow and Ice...Oh My!

Harney/Elk Peak Trail was quite an exhilarating experience! It is 3+ mile hike, with an 1,100 rise... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
MKTBE
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Topeka, Kansas
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Shoe shoeing was great

The trail is well marked and easy to follow. I snow shoed in several miles to take in the views... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
William O
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At over 7,200 feet, this is the Black Hills tallest mountain.
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“highest point” (20 reviews)
“great hike” (38 reviews)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 3 March 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

2  Thank William O
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Reviewed 14 February 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

1  Thank porkchops86
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Reviewed 16 January 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 8 January 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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Reviewed 27 December 2017

We hiked up from Sylvan Lake, family of 5, with 3 boys, 18, 16 and 10. Stunning scenery and vistas especially Cathedral Spires. This was a moderate hike and so bring proper footwear etc . The watchtower at the top affords great views. Weather can...More

Thank Mike W
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

We decided to hike up Harney Peak (also called Black Elk Peak) taking the most common hike - the tourist route, from Sylvan Lake trailhead up to the top. This is a moderately difficult hike that's mostly a steady climb with a lot of stairs...More

1  Thank vacationtrip101
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

Most people do the short version of this hike from Sylvan Lake. That's about a seven mile hike round trip. My friend and I decided to do the longer, more challenging version starting from Willow creek Horse Camp trail head off Highway 244. This is...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

If you are a hiker this trail is a must-do if you find yourself in the Black Hills area. The trail is about 7 miles round trip, and meanders through beautiful forest and rocky areas. The scenes all along the way are very delightful. The...More

1  Thank OutdoorKidz
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We contemplated if my 7 year old would enjoy this hike... so glad she went with us! It was definitely tough for her but she still talks about it 6 weeks later. My 12 year old has officially gotten the hiking/climbing bug after our trip...More

1  Thank meggiemeah
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Jessica H
25 July 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
24 May 2017|
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Response from PG58 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Bring some water for them, though. Enjoy!
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