Sunday Gulch Trail

MODERATE 94 reviews
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Sunday Gulch Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near East Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

Sunday gulch is a moderate to strenuous hike right next to Sylvan lake. Dogs on leashes are okay, but be prepared to carry your dog at the start of the hike, as there are many areas that they need to jump down from. At the start there is a very rocky downward hike, the park service has provided handrails as you would likely struggle to climb down without them. Once you reach the bottom of this hike you are treated to an awesome stroll along a creek with awesome views of the various rock formations.

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14 days ago

Great hike! Can get steep in spots, but still really cool!

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17 days ago

Absolutely beautiful, well marked, plenty of areas to explore off trail, you can swim in the lake afterwards if it's really hot out, there were plenty of families out with kids of all ages. I would rate it between moderate and hard.

18 days ago

Beautiful hike, but not for small children or people who have bad knees, hips. Lots of climbing. Bountiful wildflowers along the way. Creative stream crossings. Definetly worth your time. Would recommend doing the trail counter clockwise for better views.

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19 days ago

I love this trail, but we underestimated it. For this area of South Dakota, it could very easily be rated as "difficult" rather than "moderate."

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26 days ago

Loved this trail! It will be more than moderately difficult for some and not recommended for pets or young children! If you have either of those, stick to Sylvan Lake trail adjacent to it. Also, I didn't encounter any poison ivy as someone mentioned previously. I just hit this trail on 7/19.

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27 days ago

Loved this! Do this counter-clockwise, so that you he climb down at the beginning and the more gradual ascent is the latter 2/3 (although even that is a lot of up-and-down). We loved the boulders w/ stream, the creek bed and the granite-gravel trail--all with gorgeous views of the spires in surrounding hills. Like said below, not for dogs or small ones, but all others will love this trail :-)

1 month ago

There is a TON of poison ivy. I would definitely recommend bringing dove soap along and wash off when done hiking. Besides the poison ivy, my family enjoyed it. There is a lot of climbing in the last part so keep that in mind. Our favorite part was definitely the first part with the rocks and the mini waterfalls.

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1 month ago

great hike - beautiful scenery, diversity in activity on the trail, some wildlife (cute, not scary) and you can grab a drink at the lodge when you are done. I would rate this on the more difficult end of moderate and would advise against it for most dogs, young children or people with mobility issues.

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1 month ago

This trail offered a variety of terrain. It winds through boulders for amazing views of the area, down through Forrest and creeks. It can be a little muddy and dense through parts of it. We're sort of beginner hikers and loved it!!

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