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Harney Peak, South Dakota

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Harney Peak, or Hinhan Kaga is the highest natural point in South Dakota and the Black Hills. It lies in the Black Elk Wilderness area, in southern Pennington County, in the Black Hills National Forest. The peak lies 3.7mi WSW of Mount Rushmore. At 7242ft, it has been described by the Board on Geographical Names as the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Guadalupe Peak and Sierra Blanca also lie far to the east of the Continental Divide and are substantially higher, but the Rockies end north of the region of that latitude.Hinhan KagaThe natural point was originally called Hinhan Kaga by the Lakota Sioux. The peak was named in the late 1850s by Lieutenant Gouverneur K. Warren in honor of General William S. Harney, who was commander of the military in the Black Hills area in the late 1870s. Some modern-day Lakota have asked for a reinstatement of the original name of Hinhan Kaga. An argument put forth as a reasoning behind it is that the new name is offensive because General William Harney's men massacred Native American women and children during a battle in 1855.
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  • My wife and her family did trail 9 to Harney Peak. It was 6.6 miles round trip with 1100 ft elevation change. The view at the top is worth every step. It is amazing. It is defiantly not an easy hike b...  more »
  • This is a great hike if your near Sylvan Lake. Give yourself about five hours because you may want to linger along the way or at the lookout. Take plenty of water and enjoy.  more »
  • This is a great moderate/challenging family hike - our kids age 7 years and 3 1/2 years both hiked the entire way with us (total hike time going our leisurely family pace was 4 hours). We checked the ...  more »