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South Dakota County High Points

Showing Michael Schwartz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (8 out of 66, or 12.12%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.PenningtonBlack Elk Peak7231Southern Black Hills29211971-08-12
2.CorsonThunder Hawk Butte2710West-Central Dakota Plains1152001-10-23
2.CampbellCampbell County High Point2135East Central Dakota Plains4102001-10-23
4.PerkinsPerkins County High Point3176West-Central Dakota Plains1012001-10-24
5.LawrenceCrooks Tower7137Northern Black Hills5272001-10-25
5.MeadeMeade County High Point5470Northern Black Hills1802001-10-25
7.Fall RiverParker Peak4848Southern Black Hills6832001-10-26
7.CusterSylvan Hill7000Southern Black Hills7822001-10-26
 HaakonHaakon County High Point2835Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains160 
 MelletteMellette County High Point2830Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains60 
 ZiebachZiebach County High Point2730West-Central Dakota Plains202 
 Ziebach or Thunder Butte2733West-Central Dakota Plains297 
 ButteThe Brakes4050Bear Lodge Mountains260 
 HardingHarding Peak4019West-Central Dakota Plains629 
 Oglala LakotaOglala Lakota County High Point3718Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains303 
 BennettBennett County High Point3638Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains103 
 JacksonJackson County High Point3478Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains17 
 ToddTodd County High Point3309Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains0 
 TrippTripp County High Point2644Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains94 
 JonesWhite Clay Butte2516Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains231 
 DeweyLantry Benchmark2461West-Central Dakota Plains46 
 StanleyStanley County High Point2382Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains209 
 GregoryGregory County High Point2365Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains80 
 LymanMedicine Benchmark2262Niobara-Missouri-Black Hills Plains497 
 WalworthWalworth County High Point2235East Central Dakota Plains390 
 PotterPotter County High Point2225East Central Dakota Plains320 
 HydeHyde County High Point2205East Central Dakota Plains500 
 HandRocky Benchmark2197East Central Dakota Plains232 
 McPhersonMcPherson County High Point2185East Central Dakota Plains70 
 RobertsRoberts County High Point2135Sioux River Upland838 
 Charles MixCharles Mix County High Point2128East Central Dakota Plains441 
 EdmundsEdmunds County High Point2115East Central Dakota Plains60 
 BruleBijou Hills2105East Central Dakota Plains280 
 SullySully Buttes2083East Central Dakota Plains226 
 MarshallMarshall County High Point2085Sioux River Upland130 
 CodingtonPunished Womans Mound2085Sioux River Upland170 
 GrantGrant County High Point2065Sioux River Upland100 
 JerauldJerauld County High Point2060East Central Dakota Plains265 
 HughesHughes County High Point2050East Central Dakota Plains45 
 DayDay County High Point2045Sioux River Upland10 
 DeuelDeuel County High Point2045Sioux River Upland180 
 FaulkWaters Hill2035East Central Dakota Plains180 
 BuffaloEden Benchmark2025East Central Dakota Plains50 
 AuroraAurora County High Point2001East Central Dakota Plains222 
 BrookingsBrookings County High Point1990Sioux River Upland15 
 HamlinHamlin County High Point1950Sioux River Upland5 
 ClarkClark County High Point1930Sioux River Upland165 
 Bon HommeBon Homme County High Point1905East Central Dakota Plains358 
 HutchinsonHutchinson County High Point1905East Central Dakota Plains20 
 KingsburyKingsbury County High Point1890Sioux River Upland85 
 BeadleBeadle County High Point1885East Central Dakota Plains60 
 LakeLake County High Point1870Sioux River Upland178 
 McCookMcCook County High Point1870Sioux River Upland125 
 MinnehahaMinnehaha County High Point1825Sioux River Upland60 
 DouglasDouglas County High Point1800East Central Dakota Plains0 
 MinerMiner County High Point1805Sioux River Upland90 
 MoodyMoody County High Point1785Sioux River Upland60 
 TurnerTurner County High Point1745Sioux River Upland303 
 DavisonDavison County High Point1695East Central Dakota Plains111 
 YanktonYankton County High Point1680Sioux River Upland55 
 LincolnLincoln County High Point1565Sioux River Upland250 
 UnionUnion County High Point1545Sioux River Upland60 
 BrownBrown County High Point1528East Central Dakota Plains31 
 ClayClay County High Point1505Sioux River Upland160 
 SpinkBald Mountain1480East Central Dakota Plains155 
 HansonHanson County High Point1428Sioux River Upland11 
 SanbornSanborn County High Point1375Sioux River Upland10 
 Sanborn or Pony Hills1378East Central Dakota Plains  

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List Description

Note that this list is not authoritative and it is present here mainly so climbers can log their ascents. If you are serious about county highpointing in South Dakota, then you should visit the County Highpointing Web Site, join the Yahoo County Highpointing Group, and refer to Andy Martin's book for the definitive listing of all the points.


Sources that were used to help me compile this list include:

  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1994 by David Olson, limited review by Andy Martin.
  • Some latitude-longitude values for peaks provided by Tom Dunigan via the web site, and manually verified.


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