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The back side of the rocks near the dam have many quality routes. Many summits run from east to west here. Since most summits are not named, any routes along the lake could be included here. The back side of the rocks that hold the lake in to the east of the dam hold good routes such as Better Than Pool & Pie and All That Glitters is Gold. To the west of the dam are some interesting routes such as Lonesome Stepchild, Blockhead, Wild Rib, and Evarete, each of which goes to a separate summit.
Walk around Sylvan Lake on the nice trail towards the rocks. The rocks that are just left and right of the dam are the "Dam - Front Side" rocks. Walk through the tunnel with the boulder crammed in it. On the other side, look for routes both to the left and the right. Most all routes here are bolted, so that is the best tipoff to find the climbs.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dam - Back Side:
Better Than Pool and Pie 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
M & M's 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
California Boys 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Evarete 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
All That Glitters is Gold (AKA For A Snickers) 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
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California Boys 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R SD : Custer State Park : ... : Dam - Back Side
Incredible route that is usually top-roped. Beginning moves require balance and great feet. At about the 20 ft. point, the jugs appear and you can cruise. Anchors are shared with Pieces of Eight....[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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