I love this trail! It is a great way to really see the Bad Lands. It takes you through valleys as well as up to the top of buttes. You walk through noisy prairie dogs and are almost guaranteed to encounter buffalo. There are numerous water crossings which are easily stepped across or knee deep. But one of the crossings was about 4-5 feet deep as we sank into the extremely muddy bottom. (Not pleasant but exhilarating for the more adventurous). Word of advice - don’t cross where the buffalo cross, try a different spot along the creek as typically this is not this unmanageable to cross.

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3 days ago

Educational, interesting and very easy. Grab an informational guide book at the trailhead, and learn about the coal vein that burned for 20 years. The conditions were dry and perfect.

Adventuresome trail with water crossings, some deep mud, hill climbs, valleys. Saw buffalo, deer, prairie dogs, wild horses, and snakes

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rocky
4 days ago

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no shade
13 days ago

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bugs
19 days ago

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bugs
19 days ago

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bridge out
flooded
icy
muddy
off trail
over grown
scramble
washed out
5 months ago

Pretty rough trail with all the melt off. A lot of awesome sights but for sure being a hiking pole for the slippery mud covered ascents and descents.

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muddy
8 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. Lots of prairie dogs. We didn't see any bison but plenty of signs of them around. Don't do this hike after a rain. Seriously muddy and messy and the mud is impossible to get off your shoes and is very slippery and can be deep mud. You cross the Little Missouri River twice. We did it in Sept and it was about 2.5 - 3 feet deep and totally worth it. There is a small stream you pass as well on the hike but I think only because we had just had plenty of rain and it was full. It was a muddy mess. It was completely serene, beautiful and worth it all. I love this area.

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muddy
8 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. Lots of prairie dogs. We didn't see any bison but plenty of signs of them around. Don't do this hike after a rain. Seriously muddy and messy and the mud is impossible to get off your shoes and is very slippery and can be deep mud. You cross the Little Missouri River twice. We did it in Sept and it was about 2.5 - 3 feet deep and totally worth it. There is a small stream you pass as well on the hike but I think only because we had just had plenty of rain and it was full. It was a muddy mess. It was completely serene, beautiful and worth it all. I love this area.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
8 months ago

the part south of the road isn't worth doing. trail is barely marked and the views aren't worth anything. the north half is a good hike. be advised that probably 10% of the trail is through swamp. also, don't do what I did and hike it the day after rain. I was on all 4s getting up one incline, it was a slip and slide. also, 30$ entrance fee to park. saw three bison though

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washed out
9 months ago

Scenery: stunning. Trail: avoid. The first third of the trail is amazing. Then the trail becomes difficult to follow because most people don’t like beyond the first 2-3 miles. After the halfway point, there are no trail markers or a discernible trail. The last third of the hike takes you through sinkholes and crevasses. Unless you enjoy clawing your way out of boggy ravines, skip this trail or turn around at mile 3.

It was a nice long peaceful hike! The small river crossing in the beginning was a little surprising! The water went up to my knees and the rocks were rough, I would have brought water shoes if I had known! Saw tons of prairie dogs! Ran into a few bison! On the way back there was a whole herd of them right on the trail path! It was very intimidating, I had to walk off the path and around a little! Scary and cool at the same time! Actually every time I came to a water crossing I was a tad bit scared, maybe because I was alone! Part of the hike was “Lone Tree Trail”, but I couldn’t figure out why “lone tree” I looked everywhere for a lonely tree lol! Follow the markings, they are where they are for a reason! Bison roam everywhere, making their own trails, so it can be easy to stray! I did enjoy the hike!

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9 months ago

Interesting, easy, good views. Make sure to grab a self guide booklet at the visitor center or the trailhead!

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9 months ago

A little tricky crossing the little Missouri River (no markers). But a wonderful hike with 2 other couples. Lots of bison on and off the trail.

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10 months ago

one of my favorites in the park

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10 months ago

Excellent hike. I started at the Cannonballs TH and went clockwise, leaving the flats for last. I am glad there were trail markers but still lost the trail 3 different times, once ending up on the wrong side of the creek/gully. I used binoculars to locate the trail markers when I felt like I had lost the trail. Lots of animal trails. If you go awhile without seeing a trail then you are not on the trail. I did not have a consistent signal so this app was not always accessible and couldn't record the entire hike. Great views, beautiful wildflowers, solitude. No bison (the herd was at Oxbow Overlook area) on this day. Prairie dogs let me get close.

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