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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint

Custer, SD

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Sylvan Lake Harney Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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The elevation gain was about 300'.

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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

What a great hike!! Grew up in Custer and this was my first time ever hiking it (now 38) my son (7) and I had a great day! We must have gotten lucky, others up on top said that they had never been on top with NO WIND.. We could see for miles... Well just until the earth starts to curve.. lol someone please tell me what's with all the multicolored flags hanging the some of the trees on top?? Get their about 7/8 am to avoid others and eat lunch at the top of SD!!
Be safe, Give A Hoot DONT Pollute!!

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Lost Cabin Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

We ended up hiking this trail because that's where our GPS took us when we were supposed to be going to Willow Creek. (go past Palmer Creek Road, half mile towards Mount Rushmore across from KOA campground)
Made it to the top (Black Forest Wilderness Area Sign) with my seven-year-old, he's a trooper!! After reading some other reviews I wish we would've seen the abandon mine at the top in the meadow. This was a pretty decent Trail, if you truly want to see how aggressive and powerful mother nature can be due to pine beetles and heavy snowstorms this is the trail (lots and lots of downed trees) looks like the Forest Service is in the works of getting it all cleaned up still.. I would say if your looking for a good up hill work out, hit this trail up.
Be Safe out their

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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

We hiked this trail with all 5 of our kids aged 3-13 and enjoyed it. Most of the trail was wide and well marked. The last 1/2 mile to the top was steep and challenging but the end view was well worth it. Being able to see the tower from several points along the trail was a great encouragement to move the younger ones on the way up. I would recommend that you have previous hiking experience before atempting to tackle this trail.

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