Harney Peak is the highest point in South Dakota. On a clear
day, hikers who reach the top can see all the way from
||5 miles via Hwy.
or about 14 miles via Sylvan Lake
||4 to 6 hours
Time To Go:
||Anytime, but early
morining is best. Allow 4 hours before sunset
||Follow US 16A and
Hwy. 244 to trailhead
Thief Lake or take Highway 244 to US385 south then
SD87 to Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park
||Free via Horse Thief
Lake trail, Custer
needed for climb via Sylvan Lake trail.
Open All Year
Recommended only for those who are physically fit.
Harney Peak is the highest point in
South Dakota. The elevation is 7,242 ft (2,207 m).
Indeed, it's the
highest point in the United States east of the
a true mountain in every sense of the word, it's a
for the physically fit and even children. The
shortest climb is a 3-mile
beginning at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park
9). This is the most popular route to the top
Peak. The round trip on Trail 9 is about 4 hours.
Trail Number 4, also originating at Sylvan
Lake, is slightly longer but passes near
Little Devil's Tower, a smaller peak in Custer
State Park. Both
trails are rated as "moderate" and marked
with blue diamonds.
Trail maps are available at the Custer State
kiosks. They are also available at
longest and most difficult trail leads up
from Highway 244 near Horse Thief Lake. This
maintained by the US Forest Service. See: http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/blackhills/maps/trails.shtml
Be sure to take along plenty
wear good hiking shoes. And, even in mid-summer,
you may wish to pack
a light jacket. At the top you'll be rewarded with
one of the most
vistas in the world. No kidding. It is said you
can see all the way from Nebraska to