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Love it. Very easy beautiful walk.

22 days ago

Beautiful lake views, fun rocks to climb. Easy hike for all ages.

24 days ago

great little cool down trail after tackling the cathedral Spires and little devils tower. great views of the lake all the way around

1 month ago

Love this hike! So pretty and relaxing! Very dog friendly!

Sylvan is my favorite part of the hills. This hike is great to take with kids and get a great view of all the scenery. If you go during a hot day, you can finish the hike with a dip in the lake.

2 months ago

This is a five star trail simply for the scenery. Sylvan Lake is absolutely gorgeous. Very simple walk/hike. Anyone in relatively decent health can complete this trail.

An easy walk, great for kids. Brought our 2 dogs and they loved it too!

Beautiful lake, beautiful scenery!!

9 months ago

Easy and beautiful! Sylvan Lake is gorgeous!

Easy yet beautiful walk around the lake. North side of the lake was less groomed and harder for the older group but they made it. Damn 20$ to get in though.

9 months ago

great scenery at the lake. doable by most.

Beautiful easy trail with lots of unique & beautiful terrain. Don't miss it!

Cool views, easy to wander up boulders!

11 months ago

Easy, fantastic scenery.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Love this trail. Be sure to take it all the way behind the rocks.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A great hike to do with the family. We enjoyed climbing on the rocks and seeing some geese swimming on the lake.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful little hike and park. Loved crawling all over the rock structures.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Such a beautiful trail! Not all of it is a clean path, some spots are rocks that you have to climb over, which makes it fun! Some rocks are easy to climb up to get a gorgeous view of the lake.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Loved this trail easy for beginners but beautiful for even those that do hiking a lot very scenic route.

Monday, September 05, 2016

We make this an yearly event. Always great views and an enjoyable experience

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Beautiful, fun.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

This actually can loop the whole lake. Pretty easy, but there is a bit of scrambling over rocks that will have to happen. Wear appropriate footwear! I saw a lot of people in flip-flops struggling along.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Great for beginners, especially kids. Took my 8 & 4 yr old daughters around it with ease. They loved it.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Great opportunities for kids to climb rocks in addition to a fairly easy trail.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Great short hike! Beautiful lake and awesome rock outcroppings everywhere! Easy hike for kids as well.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

My top favorite place in SD

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

For a casual hike around the Hills, it's hard to beat the Sylvan Lake trail. At only a mile, it is a short hike, but the views are great for what is probably the prettiest lake in the Hills. It's not a hard trail and, aside from a brief trip up the other side of the dam, is relatively flat. You can also climb on different boulders and rock outcroppings for other views around the lake. A great casual hike!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beautiful! We had planned on doing the Sunday Gulch trail but only had time for the lake trail, but it was totally worth it! Different views everywhere around the lake, and when the trail goes behind the rocks and dam it's lovely.

rock climbing
Friday, July 24, 2015

Pretty walk. Very crowded!

Friday, February 13, 2015

We did this hike with our dog
Had a blast
We will be back this next summer
(Just wish dogs were allowed on the beach - as long as owners clean up after them)

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