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Harney Peak #9 (South)

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (19)

A beautiful run to an abandoned fire tower atop the highest summit in South Dakota.


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Map Key

3.3

Miles

5.4

KM

83%

Runnable

7,155' 2,181 m

High

6,170' 1,881 m

Low

204' 62 m

Up

1,189' 362 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

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Runner Notes

Heavy use makes this trail relatively clear and perfect for running.

Description

From the parking lot next to Sylvan Lake aptly named the Sylvan Lake Day Use Area, look for Trail #9. It is the most traveled trail in the area, so it should be easy to spot. It is marked (blazed) with blue diamonds and leads away from the water.

Once on the trail, follow it to the summit, where you'll come upon the granite top of Harney Peak. Follow the trail up the stairs and metal walkways until you come to the fire tower. The view is stunning and the tower, built in the 1930s, adds an element of grandeur.

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Shared By:

Holton Huntington

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 19 votes

#174

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#174

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Photos

Wildlife at the Harney Peak Fire Tower.
Apr 15, 2016 near Custer, SD
View from Black Elk Tower
Jul 14, 2020 near Custer, SD
Tagged goat #98 at the summit of Black Elk Peak
May 28, 2018 near Custer, SD
Black Elk Peak seen in the distance from a point on trail #9
May 28, 2018 near Custer, SD
View from the lookout on Black Elk Peak.
Sep 19, 2019 near Custer, SD
Even Dakota thinks the view is spectacular
Jul 13, 2020 near Custer, SD

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Jan 6, 2019
Aaron Larkin
With teddy 6.8mi
Aug 13, 2015
sam wertheimer
Ran up trail #9 to Harney Peak. Returned via trail #4 towards Little Devils Tower and Cathedral Spires to Sylvan Lake. About same difficulty as up ...