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Sunday Gulch Trail

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3.0 mile 4.9 kilometer loop
80% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 719' 219 m
Descent: -719' -219 m
High: 6,300' 1,920 m
Low: 5,598' 1,706 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)

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Trail shared by steve berens

A trail leading to great water falls and following along the scenic river.

steve berens

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Description

This trail is best accessed by taking the Sylvan Lake Shore Trail for a ways before reaching an intersection with this trail. You start out following the creek down, traveling steep rocks. The route is ell maintained and there are hand rails if needed.

You cross the creek several times and it's recommended that you stop and take a look at the rock formations on the way. This are is pretty unique, and this lovely trail is a great way to get up close and personal with some incredible rocks. Once you get the low point of the trail, it almost feels like you're in a tropical rain forest. The vegetation is think and green, a stark contrast from the open prairie that you started in.

Soon after leaving the lush creek bed, you start heading back up the other side of the loop. Your return journey will continue through more interesting cliffs and rocks. Though you'll be heading uphill on the way out, there is nothing very difficult. Keep your time or physical limitations in mind, as this was not a short trail either.

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Lush loveliness in Sunday Gulch
Jul 5, 2019 near Custer, SD
Welcome to Sunday Gulch.  Right below this, the river is flowing down the stairs.
Jul 5, 2019 near Custer, SD
Sunday Gulch? More like FUNday Gulch! Portions of this trail are no joke at all.
Jul 5, 2019 near Custer, SD
Making our way around Sylvan Lake
Nov 11, 2015 near Custer, SD

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