Sunday Gulch

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

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Sunday Gulch is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pennington County, South Dakota. It is within Black Hills National Forest. It is a mile long and begins at 5,449 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 235 feet.
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Sunday Gulch is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pennington County, South Dakota. It is within Black Hills National Forest. It is a mile long and begins at 5,449 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 235 feet.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Black Hills National Forest
Distance: 1.0
Elevation Gain: 235 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 5,449 feet
Top Elevation: 5,621 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Sunday Gulch
Parks: Black Hills National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 5441/5621 ft
Elevation Start/End: 5449/5449 ft
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Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country

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An interpretive trail that loops behind Sylvan Lake and offers some of the best overviews of the park's exquisite diversity.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country

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A unique trail, one of beauty; a National Recreation Trail. The Sunday Gulch Trail is considered so extraordinary in the spectrum of plants, trees, mosses, and scenery that, in 1971, it was designated a National Recreation Trail. As you begin the descent, huge granite walls tower on each side of the trail, which parallels the creek as it drops into the ravine. Various rock layers and formations exist here. Tiny waterfalls and rock grottos surrounded by ponderosa pine, Black Hills spruce, paper birch, and aspen provide numerous photo opportunities.

Old man’s beard, a gray-green lichen, hangs from the trees, adding to the mysterious aura of the gulch. Many of the rocks are covered with mosses and lichen. Once this gulch was filled with a stream, but in the 1890s Theodor Reder dammed the mouth of the gulch and created Sylvan Lake. Today the stream spills over the dam, and at least one deep pool provides a home to brown trout. As the trail ascends from the gulch, beautiful panoramas of the Needles formations slide into view.

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/10/2017
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Definitely not an easy trail, though it was beautiful. When you head down the path by the river the rocks are fairly slippery, but the hand rails greatly help. Stated off at 9am and it was a great idea since the breeze and shades kept us cool. Make sure to enter the trail from the northern side, since otherwise you'll have a hard time going up the slippery rocks. 2.5 hours walking at strong pace. Breathtaking views.


7/14/2009
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There are TWO descriptions for this trail on Trails.com. One says it is 2.8 miles (correct) and the other 3.5 miles (wrong). View http://www.sdgfp.info/Parks/CampMaps/TrailMaps/CusterTrails.pdf for the official info on this trail.



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May 2018