Ascent of Black Elk Peak on 2018-06-21
|Others in Party:||Christie|
|Date:||Thursday, June 21, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Black Elk Peak|
| Location:||USA-South Dakota|
| Elevation:||7231 ft / 2204 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDrive took <20 min from Custer, and although we did not get an early start (9:46am) still found a place to park near the TH. We took Harney Pk Tr. #9 up to the summit, then descended Norbeck Creek and Little Devil's Tower Trails to complete the loop hike. Tr. #9 was a veritable superhighway of people. Don't know whether the heavy usage was because rain had kept people off the trail the previous days and today was the one rain-free day before precipitation set in again, it was summer solstice, or because it was always this busy during the summer. There was at least 1/10th the number of people on the descent route, which was a nice escape. The scenery was beautiful both during the hike and especially from the summit. Glad we did the loop hike. Being used to hiking to much higher elevation, this hike (although rated moderate to severe) was a breeze and would make an excellent run. The trail is superbly maintained and easy to follow. We did see and mountain goat relaxing on a patch of grass at the summit and a deer on the descent, which was surprising given the number of people and their attendant noise.
I was confused by the name of peak and finally did web search. Harney Pk was renamed Black Elk Peak in 2016, and therefore the differences between Peakbagger and name on USGS map and trail name.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1053 ft / 320 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1053 ft / 320 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7.2 mi / 11.6 km|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1053 ft / 320 m|
| Distance:||3.4 mi / 5.4 km|
| Route:||Harney Pk Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Sylvan Lake TH 6178 ft / 1883 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 32 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1053 ft / 320 m|
| Distance:||3.9 mi / 6.2 km|
| Route:||Norbeck Creek & Little Devils Tower|
| End Trailhead:||Sylvan Lake TH 6178 ft / 1883 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 55 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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