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7.9 mile 12.7 kilometer loop
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,357' 414 m
Descent: -1,357' -414 m
High: 7,152' 2,180 m
Low: 6,160' 1,877 m

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Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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A shorter loop, great for a day hike.

Greg Sage

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Great view from the observation tower; kids will love it.

No Camping within 1/4 mile of summit. No open fires within the Black Elk Nature Preserve.

This is part of the Custer State Park Area. Entry Fee, or Annual Park Permit is required. Area is closed during the winter months.

Overview

This loop hike utilizes multiple named trails to go from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak, and back to Sylvan Lake.

This peak was previously known as "Harney Peak."

Description

This is a great day-trip from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak (formerly "Harney Peak"). The loop takes you up past Little Devils Tower along the Little Devils Tower Trail #4, joining with the Cathedral Spires Trail #4A, and continuing on to meet up with the Norbeck #3 trail to finally reach the summit of Black Elk Peak (7,244').

The return brings you down a different path using the Harney Peak #9 (South) trail. This will allow you to see different views on the way back.

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Sep 3, 2018
Sarah S
Started with the south loop, trail #9 up to the peak, then stopped by Little Devils Tower on the way down. Amazing views. Truly wonderful hike.
Aug 28, 2018
Luke Mader
Aug 27, 2018
Eric Miller
Had 9 month old with. Good long hike. Beautiful views at the top! 8mi
Aug 19, 2018
Tim Tate
Aug 6, 2018
Ben N
Amazing hike. Great views of Needles and everything the Black Hills has to offer. 7.9mi
Jul 20, 2018
Hughes Pope
7.9mi
Jul 7, 2018
Eric Huff
7.9mi
Jul 4, 2018
Michael Scherger
Beautiful hike, one of the best I’ve been on in a long time. Birds chirping woodpeckers pecking babbling streams, amazing views of the entire Hills 8mi

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  4.7 from 27 votes

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