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This was a workout to say the least. We traveled the 3.9 mile loop counter clock-wise, if it is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maple Grove, Minnesota

One of my top 5 US hikes! We loved this hike for the variety and scenery but agreed that counter... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
Darien, Illinois, United States
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13329 US Highway 16a, Custer State Park, Custer, SD 57730-8351
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a workout to say the least. We traveled the 3.9 mile loop counter clock-wise, if it is a real hot day I'd recommend going clock-wise. That way as it heats up you'll be more need the creek, falls, and rocks to keep you...More

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Reviewed October 7, 2018

One of my top 5 US hikes! We loved this hike for the variety and scenery but agreed that counter clockwise would have been anticlimatic. Climbing up the big rocks is much more enjoyable especially in the wet and a great ending to the hike....More

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Reviewed September 16, 2018

This is a great, relatively short hike in Custer State Park. There is opportunity for a little bit of climbing, many photo ops, and great scenery. The walk around the lake is a nice way to complete the hike.

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Reviewed September 16, 2018

This is a fun and interesting hike. I agree that going clockwise is the best direction. There is a lot of variation as you proceed along the trail, many different terrains and interesting views. It is a rather rolling hike with mostly descending at the...More

2  Thank Ann S
Reviewed August 31, 2018

Time constraints forced us to take an abbreviated tour but hearing others we should have done the entire loop. Next time we will do it all.

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Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

Super dun. It's 4miles but it's relatively easy to hike. Lots of rocks to climb so bring lots of water. Overall my favorite hike.

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Reviewed August 23, 2018

Son lives in Rapid City and took us on a tour of his favorite hikes. Sunday Gulch being one of them!!! I can see why! Went on a Saturday and started out at the Sylvan Lake General Store parking area. It is so gorgeous here,...More

1  Thank KimmyE
Reviewed August 16, 2018

My wife and I have hiked all over the United States and Canada and we've never seen a hike quite like this. It's only 3.8 miles - including the Sylvan Lake loop portion, but it is a wild trek. I definitely recommend going clockwise, starting...More

1  Thank Dvdre
Reviewed August 15, 2018

I am glad I went counter clockwise. We started going down rocks with water flowing around but they had railings to help. If I had to climb those rocks at the end of that trail I would have died. This hike was a workout, however...More

Thank Allan T
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Took my five boys (5-13) on this trail. They loved it! This trail is a definite must do. We took the trail going counter clock wise. You will get wet and I don’t see how it could be avoided. If you don’t want to get...More

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