South Dakota High Point - Harney Peak (Elevation 7,242 Feet)
My Hike From Sylvan Lake To Harney Peak; Photos At The Lookout Tower - October 15, 2008
The highest point in South Dakota!
Not only is Harney Peak the high point of this plains state,
but it also has the distinction of being the
highest point east of the
and west of the Pyrenees Mountains in Europe. Impressive!
My hike to Harney Peak (elev. 7,242 feet) happened on a dreary and cloudy day.
Snow remained from a prior snowstorm, and many portions of the trail
were covered in ice and snow.
It was not an ideal day for my journey,
but nothing would stop me. It is not like I am in South Dakota's Black Hills often!
I hiked via the standard route, which begins at
Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park.
Thanks for reading! -Steve
||A tunnel somewhere between Hill City, SD and the entrance to Custer State Park.
||A photo of Sylvan Lake. There is a $5 day fee to enter the park.
The ranger will give you a map of the trails if you request one.
||At the beginning of the trail. It is a 3.5 mile walk each way. For the first two miles, a dirt road functions
as the trail.
|Lots of snow up there.
Notice the ice and snow in the upper right and middle photo. That was my trail!
|Approaching the summit. The stone staircase leads to the top.
Notice how icy some of the steps were. Yeeesh!
||Harney Peak - South Dakota's High Point
Two photos of the lookout tower.
|The views were pretty. (Five adjacent photos)
Fog covered about 30% of the views. I read somewhere one can see the back of Mt. Rushmore at this scenic point in the Black Hills.
Some of my other U.S. state high points:
New Jersey High Point
Florida High Point
Colorado High Point
Connecticut High Point
Oklahoma High Point
Maryland High Point
West Virginia High Point
Delaware High Point
Louisiana High Point
Minnesota High Point
Wisconsin High Point
North Dakota High Point
||I was disappointed that there was no sign stating this was the high point
of the Black Hills and all of South Dakota. This plaque, however, was a nice consolation.
||One happy photo of me. Don't be deceived by my look of ease -
I was cold from the strong winds up there. I have no regrets about my day,
but my suggestion is to climb this peak on a day where it is warm with clear blue skies.
I would think the views would be even more amazing compared to what I saw.
||Inside the lookout tower.
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