Ascent of Black Elk Peak on 2008-09-25

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Thursday, September 25, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Elk Peak
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:7231 ft / 2204 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was initially concerned because the sign at the trailhead said this would be a difficult hike and suggested leaving 4-5 hours for it. I was concerned because I was leaving the trailhead (Little Devils Tower Trailhead) about 2 hours before sunset. Fortunately, this was a piece of cake and I was up and down in under 3 hours. The fire tower at the summit is one of the nicest I've seen, architecturally - and it's open to the public 24/7.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1431 ft / 435 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Little Devils Tower Trail
    Trailhead:Little Devils Tower Trailhead  6100 ft / 1859 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 10 Minutes

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