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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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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

222 Total Climbing Routes

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['<=5.6',29],['5.7',16],['5.8',28],['5.9',20],['5.10',39],['5.11',23],['5.12',16],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',3],['V2-3',20],['V4-5',12],['V6-7',9],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',3],['>=V14',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- 14 VS 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
There and Back Again   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   Middle Earth : Near Downs
Four Little Fishies   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   Photographers' Peak Area : Aquarium Rock
Sex Never did this to my hands   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   Outlets : Vertigo View
Fool of a Took   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Middle Earth : Near Downs
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
Jugs   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 90'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
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
Thrain   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Middle Earth : Near Downs
Two Year Plan   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
A Clean Getaway   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   Outlets : Vertigo
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Featured Route For Sylvan Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Byron leading up the route.

Inner Course 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Youbet Jorasses
After passing through the damp tunnel take a left and walk up the trail until you encounter a private road and residence. Take the trail just before the residence that heads off to your right. As the trail descends take the 3rd turnoff to your right. This is a very popular climb and you can usually see others climbing Inner Course or the 5.8 climb called Foreplay, which goes up a water wash immediately to your right once you enter the narrow cleft between the Youbet Jorasses and Outer Outlet for...[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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