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13 days ago

Fun fast hike with a beautiful view and a neat little ladder ❤️

Hike is short and very steep, but not long. Amazing views of the black hills at the top

Great contrast between (down the hike) the Badlands and (up the hike) the Grassland.

We had a hike with beautiful weather and a nice breeze of wind. Perfectly doable with almost no traffic on the way.

Hiked this trail to the overlook. Wow! it's a gorgeous view. I'd call it a moderate hike. We are seniors in our 60's, and felt like it gave us a little challenge. We packed our lunch and sat at the overlook eating on a beautiful fall afternoon. The only disappointment we had was the lack of wildlife. Even from the overlook, we could see no wildlife. But, that's the way it's been the entire trip. Where are all the animals? Wolves taking care of them?

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the Tower and nearby valley. Pretty easy hike.

nature trips
1 month ago

Was snowing and the trail was muddy. Slogged through some running water in places.

hiking
1 month ago

Really cool, but vastly different views of the tower and valley than the Tower Trail. If you have the time and energy, I highly recommend doing both trails.

on Notch Trail

1 month ago

The view was beautiful. This national park just doesn’t rock my world so probably wouldn’t do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful. My second favorite hike in Badlands behind saddle pass. Be sure to hike to both vistas. Towards the end the trail forks and both are worth exploring.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views, fun terrain to hike.

Disclaimer, we did not get a chance to view more than the start of the trail, but wanted to leave a helpful heads up:

The trail appears to be on property potentially used for grazing; the first part of our hike we spent dodging heaps of cow manure in matted down grass. We weren’t deterred until we ran into some fresh bear droppings and paw prints right up the trail.

Perhaps we’re more cautious than your average hikers, but those findings, combined with the fact the property is surrounded by barbed wire, were enough for us to just find a different spot to hike. :)

1 month ago

This was a fun, easy trail. The most surprising part was the amount of incline and decline on it. Nice views of Devils Tower but also of the surrounding area which is a very very nice as well. We tied this in with doing the devils tower trail and you can also tie this in with doing the trail that goes around the prairie dog area. I really liked the wild lavender that grows along the trail. This took about an hour to complete.

the top half was real grasslandy and windy and the bottom half was extremely badlandy

excellent contrast

loved the heck outta this trail, though it was chilly and rainy when i did it

beautiful

1 month ago

Very cool we loved it! A bit crowded because it's so popular but a must in the area I think.

Nice level hike on the prairie (once the ascent up Saddle Pass is completed) with great views of the Badlands

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike with a gorgeous views

walking
1 month ago

Nice benches with a cool view. Not that different from the other short hike/walk options.

We went on a day that it had been raining and the saddle pass which this has you enter on was wayyyyy too slick to climb. We and another hike ended up turning back early on. If you do this loop off the castle trail it is very worth it.

short boardwalk to cool views of the Badlands with the option of continuing through the rugged gullies. you truly feel like you are on another planet while exploring the terrain up close.

hiking
1 month ago

the ladder was intimidating at first, but it isn't as bad as it may seem. the trail up top is eroding due to rains making the traverse a bit sketchy, poles would have been helpful, but it's doable without. part of the trail is being rerouted because of this. the views are absolutely amazing. bring water, it was just under 70° and breezy when I did the trail, but you are in constant, direct sun exposure the entire hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Not too difficult of a trail. Rocky right towards the top. Can be windy at the lake depending on weather. Took us about an hour and 15 minutes to hike up and an hour back. Beautiful views and fall colors are incredible.

Nothing special.

Fun roaming around like on another planet...

1 month ago

Amazing view and love the ladder....❤

2 months ago

Great little hike.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike...as an avid fitness person I thought it was easy to moderate. Ran into about 3-4 groups. I branched off and did the valley view trail and looped back onto red rocks trail.

2 months ago

The view at the end is breathtaking! This is the best easy hike ever

Short but wonderful trail. Once we got off the boardwalk and stepped into the Badlands it felt like we were standing on the moon. Easy to see how someone could get lost in the Badlands. Great views of the area all along the trail especially towards the end. Some fairly steep drop offs also! Be careful! Loved this trail!

2 months ago

Awesome trail! In the Badlands you feel like you are on another planet. The ladder going up made me a little nervous but I was fine on the way back down. As you reach the end of the trail you get a great view! This trail is a Badlands must do!!

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