Ascent of Crow Peak on 1991-06-13

Climber: Steve Myers

Date:Thursday, June 13, 1991
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crow Peak
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:5787 ft / 1763 m

Ascent Trip Report

Crow Peak is the dominant peak on the northwest edge of the Black Hills in South Dakota. It stands near the town of Spearfish which lies at the bottom of the delightful Spearfish Canyon.

All through high school and for the first 2 years of college, I walked, rode a bike, rode a bus, borrowed a communal family car, or just said "screw it" and didn't go. Now for the first time in my life, at 21, I had unfettered access to a car for the whole summer. My sister was off at college and had a car, my brother was in Saudi Arabia for a journalistic adventure, and lo and behold, the trusty '85 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra sat in the driveway practically begging to go on a road trip. It was mine, even if temporarily, and it quickly acquired the nickname of the "The Sweetride." Why was it sweet? I don't know, but it did have that sort of big luxury marshmallow kind of ride.

I was a free man, but really just a kid, and I was heading out to the Tetons for my second summer at the lodge. It would be the first of many trips across South Dakota over the years that followed. I came to love the Great Plains and the Badlands, and the Black Hills. I saw them as beautiful and unique, despite their sad and lonely tourist spaces. I tried to look past those things and see the mountains for what they used to be, and what they will one day return to.

I don't remember much about the peak. It was just a hike with a nice view from the summit. I got back in "my" car and drove across the line and into Wyoming - thrilled by the prospect of another summer in the Tetons.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1600 ft / 487 m
    Trailhead:4187 ft / 1276 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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