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Sylvan Lake Shore Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer loop
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 33' 10 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 6,165' 1,879 m
Low: 6,144' 1,873 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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Trail shared by Nate Jones

A simple trail with spectacular views around Sylvan Lake.

Nate Jones

Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail is a beautiful run around the shore of Sylvan Lake. Sylvan Lake is considered the "crown jewel" of Custer State Park. Although only a mile long, this trail is a must do run. All around the lake there are breathtaking views.

For visitors interested in climbing, Sylvan Lake has some great rock formations for bouldering. Once you are finished with your run, you can cool down with a swim in the beautiful water or rent a small boat and paddle around the lake. When you get hungry, don't forget to eat your meal in the picnic area.

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#376

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Some nice climbing on the rocks around Sylvan Lake.
Nov 11, 2015 near Custer, SD
Panorama of Sylvan lake. One of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. If you are near Mount Rushmore take the time to drive up here and check it out. There is a nice trail that goes around the lake.
Nov 11, 2015 near Custer, SD
One of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. About a 45 minute drive from Mount Rushmore, Lake Sylvan.
Nov 11, 2015 near Custer, SD
Sylvan Lake is utter glass in mid-March.
Mar 19, 2017 near Custer, SD
Sylvan Lake is beautiful!
Dec 16, 2015 near Custer, SD
Sylvan Lake is made beautiful on a sunny summer day.
Mar 24, 2017 near Custer, SD

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