Ekblom and Maah Daah Hey Trail

moderate 2 reviews

Ekblom and Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 15.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Medora, North Dakota that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 15.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,210 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

no dogs

hiking
Thu Aug 16 2018

The June day we hiked was perfect 70F, partly cloudy with a mild breeze. The grass was green and flowers in full bloom. The main challenges were crossing the Little Missouri River and the Knutson Creek. The trail had some steep areas when leaving the valley getting up to the plateau, but nothing too slick or dangerous. We crossed through a pass and came across a geological formation of gray sandstone just couple hundred yards off trail. We hike through the grass to examine the structure. We were rewarded with close encounter to the sandstone shield with pillars and capstones. It was about 75 foot in diameter and 40-foot-tall with no growth on it. We climbed around and enjoyed lunch before continuing on trail. We looped on the Big Plateau Trail back to the river. Most hikers do not cross the river, our hike was quiet and we did not see any other hikers after crossing river. One note, ticks are heavy in this area, make sure to use Deet liberally and monitor. I give this a 4 star for well marked, easy to follow trail and the quiet colorful environment.