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Sylvan Lake  


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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 43.84554, -103.56351 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mike Housiaux on Sep 12, 2010
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Description 

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

192 Total Routes

['4 Stars',39],['3 Stars',103],['2 Stars',36],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',28],['5.7',14],['5.8',21],['5.9',19],['5.10',31],['5.11',24],['5.12',11],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',6],['V2-3',21],['V4-5',9],['V6-7',5],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',3],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sylvan Lake :
Left Yellow Wall   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   Outlets : Campground Boulder
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
Left Wing of Smaug   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Middle Earth : Far Downs
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
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
Fool of a Took   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   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
Nick of Time   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 120'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
Forgotten Roots   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 75'   Outlets : Rapa Nui ( Easter Island)
Knob Goblin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Middle Earth : West Lies Mirkwood
Thror   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 135'   Middle Earth : Near Downs
Two Year Plan   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
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
Climber stemming around first bolt

Cold Feat 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Inner Outlet
Stem between Inner Outlet and the rock behind you, follow the flake to the first bolt. For me the crux was moving past the first bolt, I found it impossible to get established to lie-back the flake to the right of the bolt with out first committing to the face to the left of the bolt. If you're tall you'll be able to stem between the features to get the lie-back. I had to make some very tricky moves, both delicate and powerful to get into the lie-back (5.9 imo if you're 5'8" or under). Keep hea...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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

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