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South Dakota County High Points

Showing Dick Ellsworth's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (66 out of 66, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.PenningtonBlack Elk Peak7231Southern Black Hills29112004
2.LawrenceCrooks Tower7137Northern Black Hills517Unknown
3.CusterSylvan Hill7000Southern Black Hills763Unknown
4.MeadeMeade County High Point5460Northern Black Hills160Unknown
5.Fall RiverParker Peak4848Southern Black Hills683Unknown
6.ButteThe Brakes4040Bear Lodge Mountains240Unknown
7.HardingHarding Peak4019West-Central Dakota Plains629Unknown
 Harding or East Short Pine Hills4000West-Central Dakota Plains580 
8.Oglala LakotaOglala Lakota County High Point3718Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains303Unknown
9.BennettBennett County High Point3638Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains1032010-06-25
10.JacksonJackson County High Point3478Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains172010-06-24
11.ToddTodd County High Point3309Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains0Unknown
12.PerkinsPerkins County High Point3166West-Central Dakota Plains91Unknown
13.HaakonHaakon County High Point2830Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains155Unknown
14.MelletteMellette County High Point2820Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains40Unknown
15.ZiebachZiebach County High Point2730West-Central Dakota Plains2022009
 Ziebach or Thunder Butte2723West-Central Dakota Plains2872009
16.CorsonThunder Hawk Butte2710West-Central Dakota Plains110Unknown
17.TrippTripp County High Point2644Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains942010-06
18.JonesWhite Clay Butte2516Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains231Unknown
19.DeweyLantry Benchmark2461West-Central Dakota Plains46Unknown
20.StanleyStanley County High Point2382Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains209Unknown
21.GregoryGregory County High Point2360Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains702010-06
22.LymanMedicine Benchmark2262Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains497Unknown
23.WalworthWalworth County High Point2230East Central Dakota Plains385Unknown
24.PotterPotter County High Point2220East Central Dakota Plains315Unknown
25.HydeHyde County High Point2200East Central Dakota Plains490Unknown
26.HandRocky Benchmark2197East Central Dakota Plains232Unknown
27.McPhersonMcPherson County High Point2180East Central Dakota Plains60Unknown
28.RobertsRoberts County High Point2135Sioux River Upland838Unknown
29.CampbellCampbell County High Point2130East Central Dakota Plains405Unknown
30.Charles MixCharles Mix County High Point2128East Central Dakota Plains441Unknown
31.EdmundsEdmunds County High Point2110East Central Dakota Plains50Unknown
32.BruleBijou Hills2100East Central Dakota Plains270Unknown
33.SullySully Buttes2083East Central Dakota Plains226Unknown
34.MarshallMarshall County High Point2080Sioux River Upland120Unknown
34.CodingtonPunished Womans Mound2080Sioux River Upland1602009
36.GrantGrant County High Point2060Sioux River Upland90Unknown
36.JerauldJerauld County High Point2060East Central Dakota Plains260Unknown
38.HughesHughes County High Point2050East Central Dakota Plains45Unknown
39.DayDay County High Point2040Sioux River Upland0Unknown
39.DeuelDeuel County High Point2040Sioux River Upland170Unknown
41.FaulkWaters Hill2035East Central Dakota Plains1802009
42.BuffaloEden Benchmark2020East Central Dakota Plains40Unknown
43.AuroraAurora County High Point2001East Central Dakota Plains222Unknown
44.BrookingsBrookings County High Point1990Sioux River Upland15Unknown
45.HamlinHamlin County High Point1950Sioux River Upland5Unknown
46.ClarkClark County High Point1930Sioux River Upland1602010-06
47.Bon HommeBon Homme County High Point1900East Central Dakota Plains353Unknown
47.HutchinsonHutchinson County High Point1900East Central Dakota Plains15Unknown
49.KingsburyKingsbury County High Point1890Sioux River Upland85Unknown
50.BeadleBeadle County High Point1880East Central Dakota Plains50Unknown
51.LakeLake County High Point1870Sioux River Upland178Unknown
51.McCookMcCook County High Point1870Sioux River Upland125Unknown
53.MinnehahaMinnehaha County High Point1820Sioux River Upland55Unknown
54.DouglasDouglas County High Point1800East Central Dakota Plains0Unknown
54.MinerMiner County High Point1800Sioux River Upland85Unknown
56.MoodyMoody County High Point1780Sioux River Upland50Unknown
57.TurnerTurner County High Point1740Sioux River Upland298Unknown
58.DavisonDavison County High Point1695East Central Dakota Plains111Unknown
59.YanktonYankton County High Point1680Sioux River Upland50Unknown
60.LincolnLincoln County High Point1565Sioux River Upland250Unknown
61.UnionUnion County High Point1540Sioux River Upland50Unknown
62.BrownBrown County High Point1525East Central Dakota Plains28Unknown
63.ClayClay County High Point1500Sioux River Upland150Unknown
64.SpinkBald Mountain1480East Central Dakota Plains155Unknown
65.HansonHanson County High Point1425Sioux River Upland8Unknown
66.SanbornSanborn County High Point1370Sioux River Upland0Unknown
 Sanborn or Pony Hills1375East Central Dakota Plains  

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List Description

Note that this list is not authoritative and it is present here mainly so climbers can log their ascents. If you are serious about county highpointing in South Dakota, then you should visit the County Highpointing Web Site, join the Yahoo County Highpointing Group, and refer to Andy Martin's book for the definitive listing of all the points.


Sources that were used to help me compile this list include:

  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1994 by David Olson, limited review by Andy Martin.
  • Some latitude-longitude values for peaks provided by Tom Dunigan via the web site, and manually verified.


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