Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Harney Peak

I like road trips, but not just for the endless driving. It's nice to have some distractions - like tourist traps, side trips, and occasionally a more ambitious outing. It's also nice to combine road trips with esoteric hobbies, like collecting beaches, noting important watersheds, and where feasible, chalking up new high points.

Previous high points:  hshipman: Hawkeye Point 2012

Harney Peak is the highest point in South Dakota and another to add to a growing list (not a list I have any intention of actually completing, by the way). I was glad that D was willing to join his old man for this 7-8 mile round trip to the stone tower on top of the 7244' summit of the Black Hills.

The tourist brochures like to claim that this is the highest point between the Rockies and the Alps, although D and I questioned the technical accuracy a little bit.

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