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Harney Peak, South Dakota

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4.9/5 based on 190 reviews on the web
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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  • Well worth the effort to get to the peak. The Trailhead starts near Sylvan lake and has many elevation changes. The sign says 6 miles round trip and to allow 4-5 hours. Time is about right think its a...  read more »
  • We took the trail from Sylvan Lake up to Harney Peak. It offered some breathtaking views of the black hills area. It took us about 4 1/2 hours to complete and we paused often to take pictures and enjo...  read more »
  • I have been on the Little Devil's Tower Trail a couple of times, but never this hike before. Boy was the view impressive. Just wow. I didn't climb the last ladder stairs up to the very top of the obse...  read more »
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