Explore the most popular views trails near East Custer with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked this as a loop with Centennial and really enjoyed it. Lots of wildlife.

fantastic hike! great scenery and the reward of the views and the old fire watch tower at the top made the incline well worth it! pack water and take snacks and enjoy some time exploring at the tower before heading back down.

we loved this hike! so much variety! not too long but still challenging. we did the hike clockwise and were happy we did because the best scenery was at the end portion so it was a great way to end the hike with a bang.

Amazing views

on Sunday Gulch Trail

hiking
6 days ago

One of my favorite black hills hikes. Not too long, but easy to get to TH, beautiful scenery, a bit of bouldering, family can handle it, AND who doesn't like waterfalls

Nice short trail With big views, wildflowers and ripe raspberries

I thought this was a very challenging hike for the first mile. I started at the gulch with the water running over the steps and big boulders. I am glad they put the handrails, they sure came in handy. I truly enjoyed this hike and the challenges it provided, once you get through the water streams it gets easier.

hiking
15 days ago

Too short and crowded but it’s beautiful and I saw a yellow-bellied marmot! I wouldn’t make this a destination hike but if you’re in the area and want to get in a quick hike, its worth it

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked this yesterday - 6-28-18. Best hike I’ve done in a long time! This felt like the longest 4 miles I’ve done in a while (I mean that in the best way possible). About half of the trail is maneuvering over rocks, crossing streams and going up and down hills. I managed to complete the whole trail without getting my feet wet, woo! There are some muddy patches of the trail that were a little difficult to go around without stepping in it but I did it. I did see a snake. It was probably about an inch in diameter and maybe 2 feet long. It was all black and it slithered into the bushes so fast I wasn’t able to identify it. Almost completely certain it wasn’t a rattlesnake. Other than that, I didn’t see any wildlife. The trail gets close to the highway in a few spots. Beautiful trail. I highly recommend starting the trail on the west side of the lake so you can save what I think is the most beautiful part of the trail for last. The last part of the trail is a lot of crossing streams and jumping over big boulders while being surrounded on all sides of some towering rocks. Extremely beautiful. Bring lots of water and enjoy!

My favorite hike in the hills!

This was just simply amazing! Good hiking shoes and moderate fitness required*
Just climbing the gulch up and down would be a great shorter version, to the right on the trail. We were beat after doing the whole loop.

Give yourself plenty of time to finish this trail, it is quite an adventure, with lots of climbing threw rocks, the trail itself is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, with waterfalls, nature and flowers. This is as good as it gets!

We started out at Sylvan Lake and turned left climbing up the mountain, leaving the gulch for last. It was amazing! The kids loved it. Was definitely helpful to have good hiking shoes on.

great hike but to many people. get off the trail and go explore

Went counter clockwise and the beginning of the trail was quite strenuous. Once I got through the rock descent then the trail became moderate. Great workout. Would highly recommend.

We have done several times but stopped doing the full loop,not that it isn’t an amazing loop, we love the waterfalls and the rock climb portion. So we just hike down into the gulch and then turn around and climb back out. But an amazing hike, highly recommend!!

hiking
1 month ago

Ok, this is an incredible trail that you need to be prepared for. If you come at this trail from the Sylvan Lake Visitors center (west side of the lake) you can enter the trail and most of the it will be downhill until you get to the last portion of the trail. After hiking 3 miles you'll be looking up a about 200 ft of scramble that is rail assisted. If you take the trail around the east side of the lake you'll come to the entrance of the gulch and go straight down through the rails with plenty of scrambling. Their are pros and cons for each. Just be prepared for the rail/scramble section, it's a blast if you are prepared for it. Loop trails that is well marked with blue arrows. If you have small children make sure you have plenty of snacks for them, they'll need it.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail!! With Tons of little Waterfalls and streams , this trail is a must!

Love it. Very easy beautiful walk.

hiking
1 month ago

So many trails in one! Great views, dense foliage, rock clambering, elevation changes, and an incredible water section that deserves a spoiler alert before describing - you just have to see and experience it to understand.

Make sure to wear clothes and bring supplies that help you avoid poison ivy though. It's avoidable but would be easy to brush against if you're not careful. Still, so worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

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

Nice walk to gorgeous vistas across the plains.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

Awesome trail! We took our Shorthair mix and he did well going down the rock but if you’re taking your dog on this trail, I suggest going the same direction. If you hike the opposite direction, you may have to carry them back up the rock. It has water rushing through in some spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! The views were awesome, and the water features were super cool (actually quite refreshing as it was 80+ degree's when we went). Liked it so much, we went back the following day to do that part again!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful and so well maintained.

on Sunday Gulch Trail

hiking
1 month ago

May 2018. This was a great hike with the family. We went the clockwise route recommended by locals. It’s a steeper uphill at the end, but it’s a shorter section to end on then the other way. I’m glad we managed to complete it in 3 hours, considering the elevation. Not bad for a prairie family that’s used to a lot more oxygen! Make sure you bring lots of water though. The water falls over the stairs was a refreshing finish.

walking
1 month ago

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

We took our 8 yr. old on this hike and loved it. If you are facing the lake we took the trail head on the left side and we are glad we did. The last part of the hike was awesome! Our 8 yr. old was beat but loved it. Lots of cool rocks, plants, mushrooms etc. We didn’t see any wildlife. Definitely a hike we would do again. The end would be challenging for those with little upper body strength or weaker legs.

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