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Sylvan Lake  Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 43.84554, -103.56351 View Map  Incorrect?
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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 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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Weather station 4.7 miles from here

231 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',46],['3 Stars',119],['2 Stars',48],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',29],['5.7',19],['5.8',29],['5.9',21],['5.10',39],['5.11',23],['5.12',18],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',10],['V2-3',8],['V4-5',12],['V6-7',9],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',3],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sylvan Lake

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sylvan Lake :
Conn Route   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Photographers' Peak Area : Aquarium Rock
Inner Course   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Outlets : Youbet Jorasses
Better Than Pool and Pie   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Outlets : Dam - Back Side
Creeping Senility   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 175'   Outlets : Old People's Dome
Lander Turkey Shoot   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
Conn Diagonal   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
Of Quartz It Goes   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   Middle Earth : Far Downs
Hrum Hroom   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Middle Earth : Fanghorn Hills
Retable Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
West Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
Left Wing of Smaug   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Middle Earth : Far Downs
Katey's Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
Waste Knot    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 130'   TOWERS OF TEETH : EPHEL DUATH
Sex Never did this to my hands   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   Outlets : Vertigo View
Three Rings for the Elven Kings   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Middle Earth : Erebor
Four Little Fishies   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   Photographers' Peak Area : Aquarium Rock
Fool of a Took   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Middle Earth : Near Downs
Nick of Time   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 120'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
Two Year Plan   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
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Featured Route For Sylvan Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave about half way up trying to plan for the next...

Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Inner Outlet
This is the best pitch of climbing under 5.9 in the Outlets, and maybe the best single pitch period.On the side of Inner Outlet opposite the lake, look for a beautiful prominent crack. Climb it. A fairly long sustained pitch of great climbing with bomber gear leads to the top of the formation. The climbing is stout for 5.7, but it is so well protected it is a much easier way to the top of the Inner Outlet than the Wiessner Chimney.This is one of the top ten pitches in the Needles for sure. A...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sylvan Lake, Memorial Day weekend 2012.
Sylvan Lake, Memorial Day weekend 2012.
Rock Climbing Photo: Great place for a swim after climbing!
Great place for a swim after climbing!
Rock Climbing Photo: Sylvan Lake photo: Michael Madsen
Sylvan Lake photo: Michael Madsen

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