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Hideout, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Isolated Spires 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Middle Earth 32 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 46
Outlets 83 / 42 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 112
Photographers' Peak Area 12 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Sylvan Lake Bouldering 2 / 0 / 3 / 49 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 50

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.

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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
 70
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
 70
Better Than Pool and Pie
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 80
Lander Turkey Shoot
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 130
Conn Diagonal
Trad 3 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 45
Katey's Route
Trad, Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 119
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 42
Waste Knot
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
West Buttress
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 40
Four Little Fishies
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Three Rings for the Elven Kings
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 23
Sex Never did this to my hands
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 23
Fool of a Took
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
 70
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
 70
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Lander Turkey Shoot Outlets > Inner Outlet
 80
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Sport
Conn Diagonal Outlets > Outer Outlet
 130
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Katey's Route Outlets > Inner Outlet
 45
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) Outlets > Inner Outlet
 119
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Waste Knot Middle Earth > TOWERS OF TEETH > EPHEL DUATH
 42
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
West Buttress Outlets > Outer Outlet
 24
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
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
 31
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
Fool of a Took Middle Earth > Near Downs
 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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