Hiking Black Elk Peak & Little Devils Tower (+ Other Sylvan Lake Trails)
Climbing Black Elk Peak and Little Devils Tower opened my eyes to how beautiful mountains can be below 10,000 feet and this hike is the best of em. In this blog, find out how to hike both of these Sylvan Lake peaks in 1 day!

Nestled among the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Black Elk Peak, the highest point east of the Rockies, and Little Devils Tower loop is the ultimate day hike in South Dakota!

I have a tremendous love for high peaks and high altitude. I do whatever I can to spend as much time in the mountains as possible and if it weren’t for surfing, I would probably never leave altitude. 

With my obsession for bagging 14ers, traversing ridgelines, and spending most summers adventuring in the Rockies, I did not expect to fall in love with South Dakota. But I did. And though I don’t swoon for the Dakota peaks as I do for the Alps, there is something really special about this last little slice of the wild west. The skies are bluer, the trails are quieter, and the rivers look like a picture from a fairytale.

Hiking Sylvan Lake Trail
You don’t have to go far to experience incredible beauty at Sylvan Lake

And what Dakota’s peaks lack in size, they make up for with the tall rock spires that cap their summits like Black Elk Peak.

Climbing Black Elk Peak and Little Devils Tower opened my eyes to how beautiful mountains can be below 10,000 feet and this hike is the best of ’em.

In fact, Black Elk Peak, formerly known as HarNey Peak, is the highest peak between the Rockies and the Pyrenees. Crazy, right?!

In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know to hike Black Elk Peak and Little Devil’s Tower either separately or as one big loop.

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