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Harney Peak

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

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Fun hike... not too strenuous

We took trail 9 up and trail 4 down, which was perfect for us. The view at the top of the hike is gorgeous, but it was far too windy for us to eat our lunch or even spend much... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So I was not at all excited to do this hike but TripAdvisor said it wasn't going to be bad. Well I didn't make it. If you are out of shape avoid this hike. It is 95% uphill, and very few spots to rest. My in shape family member made it to the top very fast and loved the view.... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took trail 9 up and trail 4 down, which was perfect for us. The view at the top of the hike is gorgeous, but it was far too windy for us to eat our lunch or even spend much time at all. We turned around fairly quickly and headed back down to more manageable weather. Our hike, with a... More 

1 Thank elizarenn
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This was a quick day hike I decided to make last minute after reading it was one of the more popular and scenic hikes in the Black Hills. Not only that, but it also brings you to the highest point too! Its a great viewing point to see the surrounding Black Hills area! The view is stunning, and it's even... More 

1 Thank Eric F
Golden, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We made this into a loop with Little Devil's Tower leaving from Sylvan Lake. This is a somewhat strenuous hike; however, as long as you are in decent shape you should be able to do it. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone with knee issues as there are a lot of steps. At the top you are awarded with amazing... More 

2 Thank 001010110110101
Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Black Elk Peak (formerly known as Harney Peak) is the highest point in South Dakota. There are several hiking routes to the top and I chose to take the one that begins just off of highway 244 at the Willow Creek Horse Camp. From here it is a little more than five miles to the summit with 2200 feet of... More 

1 Thank Mark O
McFarland, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

We saw a lot of great stuff in South Dakota but our hike to Harney Peak was our best experience! We decided to give it a try with our 2 boys, 10 and 13, and we do all hike but not usually distances like this with them. We got to the trailhead early, 7:30am as they were calling for rain... More 

3 Thank karenS0322
Mandan, North Dakota
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Allow time. Dress in layers. Bring water. Pack a camera. The path goes from easy to hard. The last 1/2 miles is steep and definitely a hike. Super fun and a great family activity!

1 Thank mkng701
Frankfort, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

If you love nature and beautiful views you need to do this hike. I would say it's a slightly moderate hike, and gets a little challenging in the last few yards, but it is so worth it. It was about four hours round trip, and that's including the time that was spent exploring the top.

1 Thank sarahber18
Westville, Indiana
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358 reviews
284 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Reviewed by a middle aged, overweight, flatlander. This is a fabulous trail! We started on #9 from Sylvan Lake. Went up Harney Peak & came back the same way. 6.8 miles total. Even if Harney Peak wasn't your final destination, this trail would be stellar. It's just a beautiful Black Hills hike. Part of it is in the Black Elk... More 

2 Thank ccindyk48
Loveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

I've made this hike many times (I'm, a fat, 58 yo woman). When temps are in the 50s, it's easy and pleasant; when it's in the 90s, it's a killer and not much fun. Footing on the trail is almost all easy (a few scrambly bits near the top, never scary) but it IS 7ish miles, mostly uphill. Last half... More 

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