Sylvan Lake Shore Trail

 6 votes

1.0 Miles 1.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

33' 10 m

Ascent

-30' -9 m

Descent

6,165' 1,879 m

High

6,144' 1,873 m

Low

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

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A simple trail with spectacular views around Sylvan Lake.

Nate Jones

Overview

Features: Birding — Lake — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: An easy trail with little elevation. Nice picnic area and small boat rentals.
Dogs: Leashed

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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Aug 22, 2017
Rob McEwan
Nice easy loop with great rock formations and vistas over small Sylvan lake.
Aug 18, 2017
Nick Wilder
Jul 17, 2017
Charlie Olson
Jun 25, 2017
J T
Jun 22, 2017
Leah Pratt
Trail is well maintained and short, though there's a lot of detours you can choose to make climbing the rocks and cliff jumping! So beautiful 1.1mi
May 27, 2017
Zach Toland
Nice, easy loop around the lake 1mi
Oct 30, 2016
Jordan Schelling
Aug 20, 2016
Aaron Sage
Picturesque lake and perfect waking path around. Plenty of spots for the boys to climb rocks and explore. 1mi — 1h 00m

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  4.8 from 6 votes

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All Clear 51 days ago
Dry - Smoke from a distant fire unfortunately affected the best views.
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