11.1 miles
2,765 ft
-2,760 ft
1 mile
High Point

Hike from Willow Creek to the summit of the Black Elk Wilderness' highest peak. On a clear day, 4 states can be seen from the Black Elk Peak summit tower. Black Elk Peak, formerly Harney Peak, is also the highest point on South Dakota.

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Black Elk Peak is a 11 mile moderately popular expert route located near Keystone South Dakota. This hike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 2,765 ft with a max elevation of 7,211 ft then descends -2,760 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
  • AKA
    Harney Peak
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
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More Stats for Black Elk Peak mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 1 min
  • Altitude min
    5,024 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,024 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,030 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,192 ft


  1. Walk southeast on Willow Creek.
  2. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  3. Turn left onto Black Elk Peak (North).
  4. Continue for 7 kilometers.
  5. Turn right onto Black Elk Peak (Summit).
  6. Continue for 300 meters.
  7. Walk southeast on Black Elk Peak (Summit).
  8. Continue for 300 meters.
  9. Turn left onto Black Elk Peak (North).
  10. Continue for 5 kilometers.
  11. Keep left to stay on Black Elk Peak (North).
  12. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  13. Turn right onto Willow Creek.
  14. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Black Elk Peak (North)
Aug 29, 2021 @ 6:43am
Aug 29, 2021
Black Elk Peak (Summit)
Aug 29, 2021 @ 6:43am
Aug 29, 2021
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