Dam - Front Side Rock Climbing
The dam area at the lake side of Sylvan Lake holds several fine routes. There are a few routes that start directly from the water and can only be accessed in winter or via paddleboat. Other routes start from dry land right of the chockstone tunnel used to access the main part of the Outlets.
For the routes beginning on land, hike towards the Outlets, but don't go through the chockstone tunnel. For the routes beginning fomr the water, either rent a paddleboat from the Sylvan Lake lodge in summer, or walk out on the ice in the winter.
Climbing Season For the Outlets area.
Weather station 6.0 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Dam - Front Side
Knots Landing 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b South Dakota
: Custer State Park
: ... : Dam - Front Side
This route climbs directly up from the lake. Follow the trail next to Sylvan Lake until the tunnel. This route is the last rock that you can reach before taking the stepping stones over to the dam on the right.Climb up the rib on the left side of the rock. This is just left of a black water groove. Pull through the bulge at the top with a piton in the horizontal for protection. This route shares fixed anchors with Fair Game. One rope rappel. Try not to fall on a tourist!...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota
By Brad Boner
Mar 22, 2003
Are we sure this is a 5.10d? I just climbed this today and it was definately stiff at the crux, but i'm not sure it makes the .10d mark... but what do I know?