Elevation

7,242 ft / 2,207 m

#1 in South Dakota

#17,618 in United States

Prominence

2,922 ft / 891 m

#1 in South Dakota

#437 in United States

Summits

197 summits

#1 in South Dakota

#159 in United States

Top climbing months

August   20%

July   19%

September  13%

Most climbed route

Sylvan Lake

7.7 mi • 1,370 ft gain

Highlights

  • Black Elk Peak is the highest peak in South Dakota.
  • It is also the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Black Elk 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 Road, Mount Rushmore, or Horse Thief Lake.
  • An abandoned fire lookout tower is on the summit.
67 summits • 7.7 mi • 1,370 ft gain • 4 hr 9 min
4 summits • 7.5 mi • 1,193 ft gain • 3 hr 54 min
2 summits • 10.5 mi • 2,126 ft gain
1 summit • 11.9 mi • 1,837 ft gain • 5 hr 24 min
1 summit • 7.2 mi • 948 ft gain • 2 hr 15 min
1 summit • 7.8 mi • 1,330 ft gain • 3 hr 16 min

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