Ascent of McGillicuddy Peak on 2021-07-15

Climber: Jesse Sumrak

Date:Thursday, July 15, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McGillicuddy Peak
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:7229 ft / 2203 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did the first part with the family. Sylvan Lake was packed, so we had to park a bit away and hike over to start up Trail #4 to Little Devils Tower. I had our 1.5-year old in the carrier for the first 2 miles to the saddle for Little Devils Tower, and I left the family there to run up and bag the peak. Fun little scramble up there. Reports say Class 3, but I'd say 2+. No exposure with any moves, and your hands are more for just balance. Great rock, so no problem on the descent either. Only had to crab walk 2 short sections. Family headed back down Trail #4 to go hangout at Sylvan Lake while I continued on north and west to connect Blak Elk Peak. Wonderful trail with beautiful views of the Cathedral Spires. Harney Tower was great at the peak, but it was a bit crowded, so I went and hungout more on nearby McGillicuddy Peak. Bombed down the Trail #9 after that for a quick 4-hour loop of the 3 peaks. Great day!
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Custer State Park Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Little Devils Tower2021-07-15 
2Black Elk Peak2021-07-15 
3McGillicuddy Peak2021-07-15 

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