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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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  • Great trail and the views are terrific! Not real forested due to pine beetle devastation. Fun trail that is not too aggressive with lots of families and dogs making the trek up. The tower at the top i...  more »
  • I'm from the area and have climbed to the top of Harney a few times. This time it was on an unseasonably cold August day. I made it up in just under 1.5 hours on Trail 9. I didn't stop much and I'm a ...  more »
  • I am trying to hike all the highpoints in all 50 states and this was the second stop on my latest trip. The park where the mountain is located is very nice and has excellant facilities. The trails are...  more »

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