The back side of the rocks near the dam have many quality routes. Many summits run from east to west here. Since most summits are not named, any routes along the lake could be included here. The back side of the rocks that hold the lake in to the east of the dam hold good routes such as Better Than Pool & Pie and All That Glitters is Gold. To the west of the dam are some interesting routes such as Lonesome Stepchild, Blockhead, Wild Rib, and Evarete, each of which goes to a separate summit.
Walk around Sylvan Lake on the nice trail towards the rocks. The rocks that are just left and right of the dam are the "Dam - Front Side" rocks. Walk through the tunnel with the boulder crammed in it. On the other side, look for routes both to the left and the right. Most all routes here are bolted, so that is the best tipoff to find the climbs.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dam - Back Side:
Better Than Pool and Pie 5.6 Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
California Boys 5.7 R Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Evarete 5.7 Sport
M & M's 5.7 PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
All That Glitters is Gold (AKA For A Snickers) 5.10 Sport, 1 pitch
Featured Route For Dam - Back Side
M & M's 5.7 PG13 SD : Custer State Park : ... : Dam - Back Side
In all my years of climbing in the Needles, I have never seen anyone climb this route. Too bad... 'cause it's beautiful. Even though it's "just a 7", the opening moves have a bit of a bouldery flavor. After topping the small "pinnacle", clip the first old bolt and make a couple delicate moves to the first of several jugs. Clip the second old bolt and move through the crux up and right through a few sloping holds. Keep your EYES OPEN for the third, relatively new BEEFY bolt that appears just ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD