Elevation: 6,000 ft
GPS: 43.846, -103.564 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mike Madsen on Sep 12, 2010 with improvements by Michael Schurter
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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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 and it is part of the needles highway. Sylvan Lake is the beginning of trail #9 which goes to Black Elk 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 Gill 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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sylvan Lake

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 74
Conn Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 55
Inner Course
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 74
Better Than Pool and Pie
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 84
Lander Turkey Shoot
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 141
Conn Diagonal
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 31
Retable Route
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 122
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 46
Katey's Route
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
West Buttress
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 44
Waste Knot
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 40
Four Little Fishies
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 32
Three Rings for the Elven Kings
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 23
Sex Never did this to my hands
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 20
Nick of Time
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 27
Two Year Plan
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Conn Route Photographers'… > Aquarium Rock
 74
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 2 pitches
Inner Course Outlets > Youbet Jorasses
 55
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Better Than Pool and Pie Outlets > Dam - Back Side
 74
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Lander Turkey Shoot Outlets > Inner Outlet
 84
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Conn Diagonal Outlets > Outer Outlet
 141
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Retable Route Outlets > Inner Outlet
 31
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) Outlets > Inner Outlet
 122
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Katey's Route Outlets > Inner Outlet
 46
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
West Buttress Outlets > Outer Outlet
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Waste Knot Middle Earth > Towers of Teeth > Ephel Duath
 44
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Four Little Fishies Photographers'… > Aquarium Rock
 40
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Three Rings for the Elven K… Middle Earth > Erebor
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Sex Never did this to my hands Outlets > Vertigo View
 23
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Nick of Time Outlets > Outer Outlet
 20
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Two Year Plan Outlets > Inner Outlet
 27
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
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