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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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  • We made this into a loop with Little Devil's Tower leaving from Sylvan Lake. This is a somewhat strenuous hike; however, as long as you are in decent shape you should be able to do it. I wouldn't reco...  more »
  • Black Elk Peak (formerly known as Harney Peak) is the highest point in South Dakota. There are several hiking routes to the top and I chose to take the one that begins just off of highway 244 at the W...  more »
  • We saw a lot of great stuff in South Dakota but our hike to Harney Peak was our best experience! We decided to give it a try with our 2 boys, 10 and 13, and we do all hike but not usually distances li...  more »