Harney Peak

Harney Peak is the highest peak in South Dakota. It is also the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Harney Peak is located within the Black Elk Wilderness area within Black Hills National Forest. The summit can be reached by following the trails either from Sylvan Lake, Camp Remington, Highway 244, Palmer Creek Rd., Mount Rushmore, or Horse Thief Lake. An abandoned fire lookout tower is situated on the summit.

Harney Peak SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by catamount

47 people report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Jul 26, 2013. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs.

Others who’ve claimed Harney Peak

  • susanjoypaul
  • xpda
  • MattAbbotts
  • StoneMan
  • bvanessen
  • sandman4813
  • vetmike
  • Buffalo
  • NewEnglandOutside
  • EKassan
  • brian
  • keithpuro
  • michael.mcshan.5

Routes Used trails & approaches

67% Sylvan Lake

13% Trail #9 from Willow Creek TH

8% can't remember

8% Sylvan Lake

2% Little Devils Tower trail


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7,244 ft / 2,208 m


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Height Rank Range

Black Hills


South Dakota, United States

Claimed by

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  • catamount
  • zasmith92
  • susanjoypaul
  • xpda
  • MattAbbotts
  • StoneMan
  • bvanessen
  • SDHiker
  • sandman4813
  • SmokyMountainHiker
  • vetmike
  • fly_strait

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