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.
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.
Weather station 6.2 miles from here
189 Total Routes
['4 Stars',40],['3 Stars',100],['2 Stars',35],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
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The Bong Family 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c SD
: Custer State Park
: ... : Not-Stonehenge?
On the north side of the cliff, about 20 feet in, is a 25 foot dihedral which ends at horizontal crack. Climb the dihedral and the flake above, then traverse left into the upper wide crack. Climb crack to end, place gear, and move left onto face. Clip first of three bolts. Move left towards arÍte and clip second bolt. Go up to third bolt (shared with Crazyhorse) and make difficult exit moves....[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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