We had a wonderful weekend visiting friends near Custer, SD.
Even got the opportunity to do a short hike in Custer State Park near Sylvan Lake:
Follow the paved trail on the west of the lake to the start of Sunday Gulch Trail.
We hiked it clockwise, not realizing that many trail guides recommend hiking counter-clockwise to put the most difficult section at the beginning of the hike.
2.8 miles of “moderate-strenuous” rated hiking, 2-3 hours.
Going counter-clockwise was great for getting used to the elevation, which is 5,500 higher than Chicago!
The trail soon became more challenging!
We lucked out in that we were threatened with thunderstorms for half the hike, but only got a light rain towards the end, just in time to make the steps and railings a bit slippery.
The trail also has a number of small waterfalls, mini caves formed by water, wildflowers in bloom, and so much beauty to see that it’s impossible to get even a fraction of it in one post!