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Sunday Gulch Trail

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 4.4 (34)

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


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.9

KM

Loop

6,300' 1,920 m

High

5,598' 1,706 m

Low

719' 219 m

Up

719' 219 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Shared By:

steve berens with improvements by Susan Alton

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  4.4 from 34 votes

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  4.4 from 34 votes
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Photos

Sunday Gulch? More like FUNday Gulch! Portions of this trail are no joke at all.
Jul 5, 2019 near Custer, SD
Black Hills from leg near entrance/exit of Sunday Gulch Trail.
Oct 7, 2020 near Custer, SD
Entrance/exit
Oct 7, 2020 near Custer, SD
Lush loveliness in Sunday Gulch
Jul 5, 2019 near Custer, SD
Making our way around Sylvan Lake
Nov 11, 2015 near Custer, SD
Welcome to Sunday Gulch.  Right below this, the river is flowing down the stairs.
Jul 5, 2019 near Custer, SD

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Oct 6, 2020
Jesse L
Fun but heavily traveled trail. Challenging sections mediated -- with hand railings for example. Time reflects running some -- for fun and schedule. 3mi — 1h 25m
Sep 18, 2020
Sue Marshall
Should have a 'gem' designation; unusual trail that is highly recommended. Go counterclockwise from Sylvan lakes to go down the handrail section.
Aug 7, 2020
Tesha Raines
Jul 8, 2020
Joseph Mower
5mi
Jul 8, 2020
Alex Ziegler
6.5mi — 2h 30m
Jul 8, 2020
Anna Santilli
6.5mi — 2h 30m
Jun 24, 2020
Tara Opsteen-Van Dyke
May 31, 2020
Philip Larosa
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