Harney Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail

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Harney Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Custer, SD that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles 1407 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

rocky

This granite 7,242 ft mountain lies in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. There is a historic stone firetower at the top that is no longer in use but is open to the public to check out. The trail in to the peak takes you past amazing granite towers rising out of the hills. It is a very unique geological area.


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13 days ago

Great outing. A little of everything. Even hail!


23 days ago

hiking

Fun hike, can be difficult based on your skill/fitness level. Last mile or so up is the toughest part of the trip and where you really start your climb. Great views on the way up and from the tower.


29 days ago


30 days ago

hiking

Great.


1 month ago

hiking

Decent hike up to a fire tower. Very popular trail, almost crowded.. Excellent long range views from the fire tower. Tallest mountain peak between Rocky Mountains and Europe, so that is pretty cool.


1 month ago

Crazy good hike! Good differences in terrain throughout the hike. Worth every step. We hiked the 4 trail into the 9 trail and up to the fire tower. Worth the vast view! Check it out for sure. When you get towards the top (after the last trail split) turn a sharp left when you're able. If you go over the top and start to descend again turn around and head to the top! Once you hit stairs you're almost there!! 4 stars instead of 5 only because I haven't hiked enough yet to see a "5 star hike". It's was nothing but amazing though!!


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

Difficult hike, but worth every step! Amazing views at the top!


1 month ago

hiking

great trail well marked. The tower at the top gives you a great view ,a lot of steps for a good workout.


1 month ago

Great! Last mile to the top is challenging


1 month ago

hiking

Great! 20K + steps!!!!


1 month ago

Great hike up and down, my brother and I did the loop and although challenging at the end with all the steps it was worth it. Sat out on top of the boulders at Harney Peak and just took it in. Was amazing.


1 month ago

backpacking

Going that steep with a 30 lb pack was difficult but It's an incredible hike. Great summit. Some creeks that saved my ass when I ran out of water.


1 month ago


2 months ago

hiking

Outstanding trail and views. I would recommend starting on the 4 and tying in Little Devil and Cathedral Spires into the same trip. Great views and photo ops at every turn all the way to the fire tower! Cannot say enough, great views everywhere. The last climb to the tower is a bit strenuous. The tower area is great...but crowded. Also note the Indian prayer cloths hanging from trees should not be disturbed (does not explain anywhere that we saw). I would also recommend up and back without going on the #9 loop. We did that and not much to see except burned and down woods.


2 months ago

hiking

both me and my dog loved it! beautiful scenery, definetly worth the hike up there!


2 months ago

hiking

Beautiful hike with amazing views. Hiked up trail #9 and down trail #4. 1.5 hours up and 1.5 down this way. ( with some pictures along the way.)


2 months ago

hiking

It's a trek, don't leave home without plenty of water. Well worth it though, scenery is awesome. If you go in trail 4 in the morning before the sun is hot and come out the short side of 9 to the lake you'll have shade most of the second half.