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10 days ago

Short but fun. Log ladder is more memorable than the view at the top.

Easy, flat. You get a good look at some of the formations and Saddle Pass is a great point to stop for some pictures. Trail itself was pretty muddy in spots but nothing treacherous.

Pretty nice trail along a creek, then climbing up to a beautiful lookout.

Lots of fun when we were there in June. A very easy flat hike with fun blazes to follow since a distinct trial isn’t cut into the ground.

Very nice flat trail out onto the upper table of the badlands and back. Tons of fun foliage and lots of tracks from sheep and other wildlife. We were there in early June so it was exceptionally sunny and hot. Definitely pack extra sunscreen and water for this trail during the warm part of the year.

hiking
2 months ago

Always a peaceful beautiful trail. Beaver Dam is getting ginormous

awesome hike

snowshoeing
3 months ago

First outing on snowshoes. Custer received 6"- 8" of fresh snow overnight. Decided to take advantage of the untouched powder. First time for me to hike this trail, had a bit of snag trying to locate the trailhead. However, once on the trail, markers are very easy to see and follow. The Legion Lake fire burned through this area; but did so pretty quick, so most of the damage was just ground cover and some charring on the base of the trees. The blanket of snow knocked down some of the charred smell but was still noticeable. A couple bridges were in-accessible due to downed trees (could not tell if fire contributed to downed trees with the fresh blanket) but not a big deal to cross the creek. Televators on the gear came in handy as some steep areas to climb. Very rocky even under decent snow, so several areas required the removal of the gear to avoid chewing up the spikes.

3 months ago

Fun hike. My son enjoyed “trailblazing” from one post to the next (single digit temps with wind and snow flurries). Great views.

hiking
3 months ago

Took my son on this hike yesterday. Fun winter hike. Even with the single digit temps, blustery winds, and snow, the trail was nice. Ridge line was a little tenuous in spots due to the snow, but very manageable.

hiking
3 months ago

Best to do early in the day before it's too hot or crowded. Ladder is interesting (coming down is more difficult than going up). Views are gorgeous.

hiking
5 months ago

went counter clockwise. most of the trail is in woods, crossing creeks and only one outlook. pretty but kind of ho hum after awhile. good workout

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! A steep but unchallenging ascent then some gorgeous views on the ridge line, before a gentle descent and amble along the stream bed. Great for dogs, took less than two hours at a moderate pace. Ideal for a late fall day - light snowfall did not diminish our enjoyment, nor obscure the well-marked path.

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy trail. Great replicas of fossils found in this national park and it's history reading.

hiking
5 months ago

I'll try this again. I actually got lost couldn't find the marking. When I did I tried to climb up but realized it's pretty steep and the gravel wasn't too good. I'll try again in the future

hiking
5 months ago

Probably one of my favorite trails in Badlands. It's not too difficult except the beginning. For those who are terrified of heights, be warned! There is a wooden ladder you have to go up on to finish this trail. Not too far from the beginning of the trail. It's worth it and overall a great view of rocks, wildlife, and structure. Great overlook as well

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is short and simple. Anyone can do it. Wouldn't really do it again because nothing too impressive compared to the other trails

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful sunny day to those who persevered the windstorm at the time. Big horned sheep were along the trail on the way back. Flat for nearly the whole stretch. Very enjoyable.

Easy, road-width trail. Good for all ages and abilities. Slight hills to get to the lookout. The scenery at the lookout is amazing. The information about the first balloon flights is fenced in but quite interesting to read.

hiking
6 months ago

Tough get go but, beautiful hike and saw big horned sheep! You have to hike this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing hike and great views!! Highly recommended!!

on Flume Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, well maintained. Only saw two other hikers. Started from the Sheridan Lake trailhead and went about 2.2 miles in and back again. Interesting tunnels along the way.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy walk on a road no longer used. Great view at the end. I remember years age being able to drive back there on that road. make sure you read about the history on the pillars in the fenced area. view at the end is spectacular.

Great information and reference about the rock layers and fossils. Short but very informative

6 months ago

The trail is listed as moderate to strenuous, however, the only mildly difficult portion involves climbing a log ladder up at an awkward angle. There are 2 different viewpoints near the end. A great hike if you only have a few hours in the park!

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked 5 miles in from Sheridan Lake and back. Trail is great with nice views and beautiful fall colors. The hike is pretty easy following the flume. The history and seeing the remains of the flume and tunnels are what make this trail great.

6 months ago

Marvelous trail. Takes a good amount of effort. But worth every step at the end.

6 months ago

Short Trail but great vistas at the end. Lots of roaming available. Impressively quite, even when others are around.

If you do Door then you can miss this one. Similar views. Kids liked running down the boardwalk and balancing their way back.

Easy warm up hike. Some nice views at the end. Easy for kids. We didn't see many people using the whole trail. We had the back 3/4 almost to ourselves.

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