The Spectacular Trail In South Dakota Everyone Needs To Take As Soon As Possible
It’s time to start thinking about getting off the couch and into South Dakota’s gorgeous natural surroundings. Here’s a trail that’s a little strenuous, but well worth the effort.
The Sunday Gulch Trail is considered "Difficult" by the park service. It doesn't require technical skills, but you will traverse staircases, and the second half of the hike is straight uphill.
Make sure you're wearing sturdy hiking shoes and bring along plenty of water.
The trailhead starts at Sylvan Lake.
Bring a picnic lunch with you - this lake is beautiful!
Descend down into the gulch on this staircase.
It's often covered with running water and can be slippery, so make sure to use the handrail!
You'll cross the little stream several times, hopping from one rock to the next...
...and crossing these logs, too.
Older kids love this hike, because it offers so many fun challenges (and gives them a chance to get their feet wet, if they want!)
This hike has some really diverse scenery - you'll walk through stands of pines and spruce, and also see some interesting granite boulders.
The huge, moss-covered granite boulders are awe-inspiring.
Of course, once you climb down into the gulch, you'll have to climb back up!
This is the part that's really strenuous - you'll basically be climbing several full flights of stairs. This hike won't be great if you have knee problems.
But once you get back to the top, the views are simply amazing!
The trail is 2.8 miles long and makes a complete loop. If you still have energy, you can locate the Harney Peak trailhead, also located at Sylvan Lake, and give that one a try, too!
Have you hiked Sunday Gulch Trail? Tell us what you thought!
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