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Southern Black Hills

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointHarney Peak (7242 ft/2207 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesSouth Dakota (77%), Wyoming (23%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area3,557 sq mi / 9,212 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent70 mi / 112 km North-South
101 mi / 162 km East-West
Center Lat/Long43° 46' N; 103° 35' W
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Map of Southern Black Hills
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Southern Black Hills.
Black HillsLevel 4 (Parent)
         Belle Fourche-Little Missouri AreaLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Bear Lodge MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Northern Black HillsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Southern Black HillsLevel 5



Major Peaks of the Southern Black Hills

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Harney Peak72422207 
2.Odakota Mountain7200+2195+ 
3.Bear Mountain71662184 
4.Green Mountain71642184 
5.Crows Nest Peak70482148 
6.Sylvan Hill70002134 
7.Little Devils Tower6960+2121+ 
8.Peak 69206920+2109+ 
9.Copper Mountain6920+2109+ 
10.Peak 688868882099 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.



Photos of Peaks in the Southern Black Hills

Odakota Mountain
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 87: Lupe on summit of Odakota Mountain (2nd highest mountain in the Black Hills), elevation 7,200 ft, on 5-10-14. Bear Mountain visible in distance on right side of photo. White patch seen down in the valley above Lupe and just above center of photo is the little lake near the Boy Scout Camp. Odakota Mountain is strewn with dead Ponderosa pines killed by the mountain pine bark beetle infestation. Photo is looking S (2014-05-10). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Bear Mountain
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 95: Lupe at the N high point prior to going over to the true summit of Medicine Mountain. Bear Mountain is the high ridge in the distance to the SW (2014-09-13). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Green Mountain
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 87: Lupe near summit at SE edge of Green Mountain. The tops of a small portion of the E facing limestone cliffs of Green Mountain are visible in the foreground just beyond Lupe. Harney Peak , the highest mountain in the Black Hills at 7,242 ft. is visible in the background approximately 12 miles to the ESE. To the W, Green Mountain is a long, flat ridge. To the E it drops precipitously down to Gillette Prairie (2014-05-10). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Crows Nest Peak
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 86: Lupe a couple of hundred feet W of the marker for the summit of Crows Nest Peak. Crows Nest Peak is in the western limestone plateau country of the Black Hills less than 5 miles from the Wyoming border. The surrounding area is gently rolling, but generally so flat that there are no distant views possible of or from the "peak". A red and yellow USFS survey marker in a small clearing in the woods marks the site of a US Geological Survey BM that says "Crow" and "1912" which was buried beneath 6" of snow this day. Without those aides, you would have no idea you were at the summit of the 7th highest point in the Black Hills at 7,048 ft. The surrounding country is nevertheless both remote and beautiful (2014-05-03). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Sylvan Hill
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 89: Lupe on summit of Sylvan Hill. Harney Peak (center left) and Little Devil's Tower (just left of the highest rock on Sylvan Hill) are visible in the background about 3 miles to the ENE (2014-05-17). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Little Devils Tower
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 88: Little Devil's Tower (upper left) from Harney Peak. Photo is looking SSW (2014-05-17). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Copper Mountain
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 87: Lupe near the summit and cliffs at the the SE edge of Copper Mountain. Harney Peak, at 7,242 ft. the highest point in the Black Hills, is visible in the distance to the ESE. Copper Mountain is very easily climbed in 15 minutes from nearby USFS Road No. 301. The summit of Copper Mountain is quite flat with good views of the Black Hills to the S, E and N. (2014-05-10). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Peak 6888
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 91: This fallen tree offered Lupe as good a view as any other on Peak 6888 (2014-06-01). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Medicine Mountain
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 95: Lupe at the N high point prior to going over to the true summit of Medicine Mountain. Bear Mountain is the high ridge in the distance to the SW (2014-09-13). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Peak 6735
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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 92: Lupe on the summit of Peak 6735 looking like she's lost an ear. Harney Peak in the distance at the right side of the photo. Photo is looking WNW (2014-06-09). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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