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Sylvan Lake Shore Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.7 (17)

A simple trail with spectacular views around Sylvan Lake.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Loop

6,165' 1,879 m

High

6,144' 1,873 m

Low

33' 10 m

Up

30' 9 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

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

Family Friendly An easy trail with little elevation. Nice picnic area and small boat rentals.

Description

This trail is a beautiful hike 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 hike. 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 hike, 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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Nate Jones

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  4.7 from 17 votes

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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
Entrance/exit
Oct 7, 2020 near Custer, SD

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