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Sylvan Lake Shore Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer loop
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

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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Sep 12, 2019
Ian Edwards
1mi — 11h 15m
Aug 27, 2019
Tessa Vande Velden
Sep 23, 2018
Adrianna Carey
Sep 15, 2018
K&A Best
Sep 9, 2018
Jessica Callahan
Jun 21, 2018
Trent England
Aug 22, 2017
Rob McEwan
Nice easy loop with great rock formations and vistas over small Sylvan lake.
Aug 18, 2017
Nick Wilder

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