Sunday Gulch Trail

MODERATE 110 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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20 days ago

A narrow, moderately-difficult trail that rewards hikers willing to looks closer for the details.

Both sides of the trail are fairly steep, but one side has you scrambling over granite boulders (and white-knuckling the hand-rails), closely guarded by the cliffs, while the other winds between ponderosa pines and has a couple views out into the rest of the hills.

It lacks sweeping views, and its proximity to the road may occasionally disturb the peace, but this trail shines in the details. Tiny wildflowers, flecks of moss, and busy insects dot the trail with color. Reward yourself after this hike with a spot at the lake.

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Amazing

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1 month ago

Great hike. Kids had fun going down the gully section with the hand rails (went counter clockwise).

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1 month ago

more than expected.

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1 month ago

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

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