Harney Peak, Custer

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Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) is the highest natural point in South Dakota. It lies in the Black Elk Wilderness area, in southern Pennington County, in the Black Hills National Forest. The peak lies 3.7 mi (6.0 km) WSW of Mount Rushmore. At 7,242 feet (2,207 m), it has been described by the Board on Geographical Names as the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. It is also known as Hinhan Kaga (in Lakota) and the federal government has deemed it "Black Elk Peak". Guadalupe Peak and Sierra Blanca also lie far to the east of the Continental Divide and are substantially higher, but they are located south of the Rockies. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which has jurisdiction in federal lands, officially changed the mountain's name from "Harney Peak" to "Black Elk Peak" on August 11, 2016, honoring Black Elk, the noted Lakota Sioux medicine man for whom the Wilderness Area is named.


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  • The hike to the top of Black elk peak (formerly known as Harney peak) is worth every step of the way. Be aware that this is not an easy hike but if you take your time it will help a lot. The trail is nice and well travelled and gives good views of the peak in certain spots. Once you reach the peak the views are what makes the hike worth it, that and the amazing pump house that you can explore. It can become crowded with people on a nice summers day so go early if you want to see it without a bunch of tourists crowding the view. You may even get to see a mountain goat if you're lucky.

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  • Very cool experience! Took 4 h. A lot of pictures and some places just stop for a few minutes and enjoy. Funny chipmunks and eagles. Beautiful lake. Saw people with fish rod, some on kayak.

  • This is a moderate hike; not a walking path. There are no water stations or restrooms along the path so prepare accordingly. Can be a daunting experience in poor weather. View at the peak is amazing!

  • Hot hike but worth every step of the way. Spectacular views. Highly recommend taking the journey.

  • I love the hike. Having grown up in Rapid City, I hiked Harney Peak often.

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