Custer State Park trail to Harney Peak reopens

Back in October, I posted about the Forest Service’s decision to temporarily close some popular Black Hills hiking trails so that work crews could thin trees plagued by pine beetles.

The state Department of Game, Fish and Parks announced this week that Trail No. 9 to Harney Peak, which begins at Custer State Park, has been re-opened. The department said that Trail No. 4 remains closed but should be reopened by summer.

Meanwhile, the pine beetle problem continues. Check out the photo below from the Forest Service, which appeared recently in The Daily Republic.

 An aerial photo taken in September shows the damage caused by pine beetles in the vicinity of South Dakota’s Harney Peak in the Black Hills. The discolored trees have been killed by the beetles. (Beth Steinhauer/Black Hills National Forest Photo)

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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