Sylvan Lake to Harney Peak Trail

Hill City, South Dakota

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A trip up the highest mountain east of the main chain of the Rocky Mountains offering varied and spectacular scenery. The trail provides an easy to moderate ascent for the first mile, then descends gently to the Midway area by Lost Cabin Creek. The trail provides an easy to moderate ascent for the first mile, then descends gently to the Midway area by Lost Cabin Creek. This area has no facilities. Water from the creek should not be consumed unless purified. During the initial ascent you’ll encounter a rocky outcrop with outstanding views of Harney Peak and its surroundings. After the Midway area the trail ascends once more, reaching a ridge that is fairly flat.

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"A trip up the highest mountain east of the main chain of the Rocky Mountains offering varied and spectacular scenery. The trail provides an easy to moderate ascent for the first mile, then descends gently to the Midway area by Lost Cabin Creek.
The trail provides an easy to moderate ascent for the first
mile, then descends gently to the Midway area by Lost Cabin
Creek. This area has no facilities.

Water from the creek should not be consumed unless purified.
During the initial ascent you’ll encounter a rocky outcrop with outstanding views of Harney Peak and its surroundings. After the Midway area the trail ascends once more, reaching a ridge that is fairly flat."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hill City
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 1,142 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: A full day
Season: Best late spring through fall
Local Contacts: Custer State Park
Local Maps: Custer State Park Trail Guide; Trails Illustrated Topo Map No. 238; Black Hills National Forest Map; USGS Custer quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Sylvan Lake to Harney Peak Trail

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May 2018