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 · Updates
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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 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
 96
Conn Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 63
Inner Course
Sport
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 110
Better Than Beer and Pretzels
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 114
Lander Turkey Shoot
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 41
Second Breakfast
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 193
Conn Diagonal
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 45
Hrum Hroom
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 40
Of Quartz It Goes
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 41
Retable Route
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 164
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 59
Katey's Route
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 73
Waste Knot
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 51
Four Little Fishies
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 41
Three Rings for the Elven Kings
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 37
Two Year Plan
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Conn Route Photographers'… > Aquarium Rock
 96
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 2 pitches
Inner Course Outlets > Youbet Jorasses
 63
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport
Better Than Beer and Pretzels Outlets > Dam - Back Side
 110
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Lander Turkey Shoot Outlets > Inner Outlet
 114
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Second Breakfast Middle Earth > Towers of Teeth > Ephel Duath
 41
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Conn Diagonal Outlets > Outer Outlet
 193
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Hrum Hroom Middle Earth > Fanghorn Hills
 45
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Of Quartz It Goes Middle Earth > Far Downs
 40
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Retable Route Outlets > Inner Outlet
 41
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) Outlets > Inner Outlet
 164
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Katey's Route Outlets > Inner Outlet
 59
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Waste Knot Middle Earth > Towers of Teeth > Ephel Duath
 73
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Four Little Fishies Photographers'… > Aquarium Rock
 51
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Three Rings for the Elven K… Middle Earth > Erebor
 41
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Two Year Plan Outlets > Inner Outlet
 37
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
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