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Elle W reviewed Notch Trail
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HikingGreat!

Fun, easy trail. My 5yo made it all the way to the end!

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Naina Thota reviewed The Door Trail
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WalkingGreat!

Short, easy trail! Great views and taste of the Badlands. Good for all skill levels. Restrooms are available at the beginning of the trail (bonus!).

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Janson Lor reviewed Notch Trail
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Hiking

Nice trail!

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Alyssa Janette reviewed Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
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Beautiful trail! Slippery ice in places, but doable!

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OHV/Off-road driving

partially closed for construction. the visitors center and shops are also pretty torn up with construction works.

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Hannah P reviewed Notch Trail
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HikingGreat!

Nice easy trail. The ladder is a fun element to go up and down. No waterfall as of 3/27. Beautiful views with an overlook at the end of the hike

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Mike Deal reviewed Cathedral Spires Trail
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Walking

It has become one of our favorite winter hikes. Start at Sylvan Lake on trail 4. When you get to Little Devil's Tower trailhead get on the highway to Cathedral Spires trailhead. When you leave the Spires, go up to trail 4 to return to Sylvan Lake. That makes a nice 5.5 mile loop!

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Anna Wondra reviewed The Door Trail
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Hiking

Boardwalk is very nice, super windy but beautiful!

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Griffin Lang reviewed Notch Trail
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Hiking

Nice and short out and back. Good quick way to get into the badlands and feel the size of the rock (dirt?) towers. Leads to a cool overlook with a couple other off trail places to explore. Ladder is fun, a bit shakey but nothing too bad. The lady in front of us did it with no hands.

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Travis Hardy reviewed Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
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Hiking

Great scenic trail even with the snow. Very easy for all.

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Joy Lyn reviewed Notch Trail
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HikingGreat!

I wasn’t sure about this when I saw the ladder, but there are great views at the top and well worth the climb.

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Zach Fortner reviewed Cathedral Spires Trail
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Strenuous at time but worth it. Might make a good quick ovetnighter.

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Zach Fortner reviewed Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
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Hiking

Totally worth trudging through some snow but didn’t do the whole thing be cause of snow and ice.

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Lindsey Seachris reviewed Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
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The loop as of now is completely closed for maintenance. But on the bright side there was literally no one there and the parking fees were waived! Cool to see these guys chillin in the rocks.

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Lucas G reviewed Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
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Brie Stahl reviewed The Door Trail
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Hiking

Starts as a easy board walk and leads into the buttes. You follow little trail markers until the “end of trail sign” gorgeous 360 views of the buttes that surround you. Loved this hike. Would recommend doing this if you see badlands!

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Brie Stahl reviewed Notch Trail
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Hiking

Went early in the morning around sunrise. There was not a soul on the trail the entire time we were there. Gorgeous views of the buttes, and an overlook at the end. Really loved this trail the most of all the Badlands hikes I did.

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Eric Bott reviewed Notch Trail
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Walking

Made me feel like Val Kilmer.

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Brendon Aylaian reviewed The Door Trail
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James Hayne reviewed The Door Trail
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

Trail is only marked by the occasional pole as you scramble through rocks. Pretty views but no shade so probably quite toasty in the summer. Easy addon to the Window and Notch trails since they share the same parking.

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James Hayne reviewed Notch Trail
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HikingGreat!Off trailWashed out

Great hike at sunrise with no one else around through a mini canyon to The Notch at the end. There's a wobbly wooden ladder that likely gets backed up when it's crowded. The trail was also washed out in a few spots along the ridge. so had to be careful at times.

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