Ascent of Black Elk Peak on 2015-08-03

Climber: Phil Barone

Others in Party:Kate Alix
Date:Monday, August 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Elk Peak
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:7231 ft / 2204 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the fifth stop on a highpointing trip. We arrived around 9:00 am after spending the night in Rapid City, South Dakota. It was a beautiful day and we had many great views. After reaching the lookout tower on top it took about 20 minutes to find the three different USGS markers. After making our way back down the trail we set up camp at the KOA across the street from the Willow Creek Horse Camp then went to see Mount Rushmore.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3074 ft / 936 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3074 ft / 936 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3074 ft / 936 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Willow Creek Trail to Harney Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Willow Creek Horse Camp  4157 ft / 1267 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3074 ft / 936 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Harney Peak Trail to Willow Creek Trail
    End Trailhead:Willow Creek Horse Camp  4157 ft / 1267 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes

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