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 1 Suggestions
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 (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

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5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 85
Conn Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 60
Inner Course
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 96
Better Than Beer and Pretzels
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 102
Lander Turkey Shoot
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 165
Conn Diagonal
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 36
Of Quartz It Goes
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 141
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 57
Katey's Route
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 25
West Buttress
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Left Wing of Smaug
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 53
Waste Knot
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 47
Four Little Fishies
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 33
Three Rings for the Elven Kings
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 26
Sex Never did this to my hands
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 30
Two Year Plan
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Conn Route Photographers'… > Aquarium Rock
 85
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 2 pitches
Inner Course Outlets > Youbet Jorasses
 60
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Better Than Beer and Pretzels Outlets > Dam - Back Side
 96
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Lander Turkey Shoot Outlets > Inner Outlet
 102
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Conn Diagonal Outlets > Outer Outlet
 165
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Of Quartz It Goes Middle Earth > Far Downs
 36
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) Outlets > Inner Outlet
 141
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Katey's Route Outlets > Inner Outlet
 57
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
West Buttress Outlets > Outer Outlet
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Left Wing of Smaug Middle Earth > Far Downs
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Waste Knot Middle Earth > Towers of Teeth > Ephel Duath
 53
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Four Little Fishies Photographers'… > Aquarium Rock
 47
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Three Rings for the Elven K… Middle Earth > Erebor
 33
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Sex Never did this to my hands Outlets > Vertigo View
 26
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Two Year Plan Outlets > Inner Outlet
 30
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
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