Elkhorn Mountain

United States | The Black Hills of South Dakota | The Needles of Rushmore


Elkhorn Mountain, as referenced by the National Forest Service, is actually a ridge of Harney Peak. It is comprised of a long granite spine that descends down the NE side of the peak almost to Hwy-244. All the routes here are currently traditional climbs located in the cirque midway up the ridge. They are primarily all Dennis Horning routes except for the Conns’ gem on Packrat Peak, and Kevin Bein’s unfinished project that Eric Hansen sent during research for this bookand App (Modern Man). The cirque has a truly remarkable mountain atmosphere that one rarely experiences in the Black Hills. Directions: From the entrance of Mt Rushmore National Park, continue NW on Hwy-244 for 4.3 miles to what? (GPS N 43.897227° W -103.509333°). This is shortly past the meadow and pullout on the S side of the road. Park alongside the road at the pullouts on either side of the road 1.7 miles past the Horsethief Lake Dam. (30-45 min/1.4 miles) Approach: (1.4 MIles) From the road, bushwhack SW for 300 feet to intercept the old roadbed and follow it until it intersects Willow Creek Rushmore Trail #5. Take the trail until it intersects Willow Creek Trail #8 and turn left. Continue up the ridge on Harney Peak Trail #9 until reaching the large, broken, granite face for The 2 Year Bugle Cry or continue up to the cirque and corridor for the remaining routes. Descent: NSR unless otherwise noted

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