Ascent of Black Elk Peak on 2010-08-18

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Jill Stone
Twm Stone
David Stone
Ceri Stone
Patrick Stone
Date:Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Elk Peak
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:7231 ft / 2204 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part of a family vacation and grand tour of Texas, State high points and the Rockies.

At last a proper hike to a State Highpoint in the midwest. We took the southern approach: Harney Peak Trail Number 9 from Sylvan Lake. The distance ia about 3.5 miles one way with 1,100 feet of elevation gain, it is necessary to self-register when one enters the Black Elk Wilderness. A well maintained trail with stunning views along and at the top even though the summit is actually lower than the treeline. The benchmark is a little way west of the lookout tower.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1589 ft / 485 m
    Route:Harney Peak Trail Number 9 from Sylvan Lake
    Trailhead:Sylvan Lake  5642 ft / 1719 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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