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We try to hike to Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) when we are in the Black Hills. It was a beautiful day and relatively cool so we decided to make the hike. The fall leaves were nearing their beak color.

On the way to the top we encountered a number of deer on the trail. The couple behind us had to restrain their dog when this one jumped across the trail.

There were still a variety of flowers out. I captured this Bluebell.

There was some graffiti along the trail. This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this.

To native Americans Black Elk Peak is a sacred site. In the past we have seen offerings but they seemed to have increased in recent years.

The views from the top of the Peak are spectacular.

Beautiful views on the trip down from the top.

One of the things we do every time we are in Custer, S.D. is to hike to the top of Harney Peak. I’m getting a little long in the tooth to be doing it but we met a fellow who was hiking to the top who was 90 years old and hikes to the top every year on his birthday.


This is a sacred place to the Native Americans so you will see offerings near at the top of the peak.


Several times when we have been at the top we have encountered Mountain Goats.


A stone fire lookout tower is located at the top of the peak.


Our late spring trip to Custer Park was supposed to be a chance and get out and hike. We had a nice hike in the Badlands National Park but things got off to a slow start in Custer. The problem was rain. It rained almost every day and not a little shower but a real old fashion electrical storms with downpours. Every time we started out on a hike the weather turned ugly. We have Custer on our weather bug and it appears the rain has continued into the summer.

One day it did look like we would not get any storms so we headed to the Harney Peak trailhead at Sylvan Lake. When we arrived it was so foggy that we could barely see the boulders surrounding Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake

There were a lot of flowers out on Trail # 9. This is the first time I’ve hiked in the area when the spring flowers were at their peak.

Birds-foot Trefoil

Birds-foot Trefoil

When we reached Harney Peak we couldn’t really see much. We hoped to see some sheep at the top but there were none to be found. In fact the rangers said they had not been seeing many around.

Harney Peak

Harney Peak

Harney Peak

Harney Peak













On the return trip we hiked down the Cathedral Spires Trail #4 l with a detour to Little Devils Tower before returning to Sylvan LakeHarney-Peak-Trail-Custer-State-Park-14-5-_3026

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