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Sylvan Lake  Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 43.84554, -103.56351 View Map  Incorrect?
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Sylvan Lake is a beautiful lake in the heart of the Hills. Sylvan Lake was formed when Sunday Gulch was damned up. It is one of the many man made lakes in the Hills. It is nestled in Custer State Park it is part of the needles highway. Sylvan Lake is the beginning of trail #9 which goes to Harney Peak.( 7,242 ft)

What many don't know is all the bouldering that can be done around the Sylvan Lake Area. This area not only has some of the hardest problems as of now but has a history like the Gil Boulder first climbed by the man himself John Gill. Homestar (V11) was first done by Chuck Fryberger. The hardman route is King of Town (unrepeated) first ascent by Matt Tschol v13/v14. Posting this because more than half the people i talk to in the Hills never knew these existed.

Getting There 

Start out going WEST on MT RUSHMORE RD/US-16 ALT/US-16A/CUSTER ST/SD-89 toward N 6TH ST. Continue to follow MT RUSHMORE RD/CUSTER ST/SD-89.- 0.6 mi
Turn LEFT onto US-385/SD-89.-4.9 mi
Turn RIGHT onto CR-313.-1.6 mi
Turn RIGHT onto FOX RIDGE RD.-0.2 m
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CR-685.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

212 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',45],['3 Stars',112],['2 Stars',40],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sylvan Lake

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sylvan Lake :
Candle Light Sleigh Ride   V5 6C     Boulder   Honey Moon Boulders : Cockran's Cave
Conn Route   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Photographers' Peak Area : Aquarium Rock
Inner Course   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Outlets : Youbet Jorasses
Lander Turkey Shoot   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
Conn Diagonal   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
West Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
Waste Knot    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 130'   TOWERS OF TEETH : EPHEL DUATH
Left Wing of Smaug   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Middle Earth : Far Downs
There and Back Again   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   Middle Earth : Near Downs
Sex Never did this to my hands   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   Outlets : Vertigo View
Four Little Fishies   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   Photographers' Peak Area : Aquarium Rock
Three Rings for the Elven Kings   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Middle Earth : Erebor
Fool of a Took   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Middle Earth : Near Downs
Nick of Time   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 120'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
Thror   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 135'   Middle Earth : Near Downs
Knob Goblin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Middle Earth : West Lies Mirkwood
Two Year Plan   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
A Clean Getaway   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Outlets : Vertigo
Gun Has No Trigger   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
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Featured Route For Sylvan Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Teuber likes to place a lot of gear, just for the ...

Unknown 1 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Near Downs
Follows thin seam to upper face crux. Sustained throughout both. Great technical sidepull/gaston climbing. The seam looks a little tight in the beginning, but it protects well. I suspect this is a Shaffer creation. If so, he sure was the man!...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sylvan Lake, Memorial Day weekend 2012.
Sylvan Lake, Memorial Day weekend 2012.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sylvan Lake photo: Michael Madsen
Sylvan Lake photo: Michael Madsen

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