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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.2 miles from here

225 Total Climbing Routes

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['<=5.6',30],['5.7',18],['5.8',27],['5.9',21],['5.10',39],['5.11',23],['5.12',16],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',9],['V2-3',7],['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
Retable Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   Outlets : Inner 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
Katey's Route   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Outlets : Inner Outlet
Waste Knot    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 130'   TOWERS OF TEETH : EPHEL DUATH
West Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
Fool of a Took   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Middle Earth : Near Downs
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
Nick of Time   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 120'   Outlets : Outer Outlet
Jugs   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 90'   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: Pounder Mcnasty poundin' away on the bolt right af...

Gun Has No Trigger 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Outer Outlet
Begins the same as 'True to Form' then branching off right after the third bolt linking seams to more bolts. Steeper/pumpier crux in the middle on slopey holds. Find the bomber nut before the crux to help keep you off the ramp/chimney....[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: Sylvan Lake photo: Michael Madsen
Sylvan Lake photo: Michael Madsen

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