The trail starts at Sylvan Lake and works its way up to Harney Peak. This is the most popular route to Harney Peak so it can be packed with hikers especially in the summer months. While the trail is steep the views from the summit are well worth the effort.
Harney Peak is a granite peak that rises up 2207 m (7242 ft) which is not only the highest peak in South Dakota, but also the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains and West of the Pyrenees in Europe. In 1939 the Civilian Conservation Corps built a stone fire tower and dam on top of Harney peak and it is now listed on the Register of Historic Places.
If you plan on spending the night you should note that no camping is permitted within Custer State Park, 1/4 of a mile from the summit (there are lots of signs) and 100 feet from water sources.
For more information Contact a Black Hills National Forest Office.
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Posted by JohnH on September 9, 2012
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