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The Big Plateau Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Medora, North Dakota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 511 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching River Views Wildlife No shade No dogs
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Brian VanderWaal
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Beautiful scenery, lovely vistas. Worth wading the river (twice.)

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Hope Smith
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A fun section of trail, with an easy river crossing, tons of bison and prairie dogs, and really lovely scenery.

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Cory Van Beek
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Views were 4/5 but getting to walk through a herd of Buffalo twice was a unique experience

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Norman John
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Great hike

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Taylor McGinnis
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You cross a pleasant temperature river right at the beginning (just less than knee height for me, 5’7”). There are tons of prairie dogs! It’s mostly flat and pretty easy, outside of a couple “moderate” spots.

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Brian Reap
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Awesome trail! Easy cross at Little Missouri and great views! Definitely some close encounters with Bison!

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Braeden Mayer
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By far the best hike I’ve done in a while. Views from the top of the plateau are spectacular, and the walk through the prairie dog town on the way there was unreal. Was also lucky enough to spot a badger! Saw plenty of deer and rabbits as well. Crossing the Little Missouri was fine—water was about two feet deep. I took the Maah Daah Hey/Lone Tree Loop/Ekblom on the way back down for a change of scenery. Flies get pretty bad at one point, but when I broke out the high deet stuff, they left me alone.

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Karen Sharpe
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

We also did this trail as a loop over to lone tree. Crossing the river was not difficult - we took our shoes off and waded across. It was muddy but the bottom was relatively smooth and the water was slow. There are some good views and pretty flowers on the trail. Easy to moderate.

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Marc Massoglia
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Less than a half mile in you need to wade across the river. The bottom is fairly smooth and (at least today) shallow with the deepest part about 2’. No problem for most including a Bison that waded across before us on our return trip. Make the right turn at the well marked junction to head up towards the plateau where you’ll see prairie dog town and if lucky, a bison herd. At the summit, we returned via the Maah Daah Hey Trail back to Lone Tree Loop/Ekbloom making it a loop instead of an out and back. This section of the Maah Daah Hey is a beautiful sloping track for about a mile. Fun loop but watch for snakes!

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Debbie Bradley
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We didn’t really hike this trail because we had to cross the Little Missouri early on. The river was moving quickly and muddy so we did not feel it safe to wade without knowing what the footing was like.

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Meggie Tomczyk
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HikingBugsNo shade

was pretty warm even for starting the hike early. we spent a few hours to complete it to look around and enjoy the area. plenty of flowers, prairie dogs, horses, and bison. saw a rattle snake too! you have to cross water so bring flip flops or go barefoot thru if you can handle the sharp rocks. it's a great way to cool off after being in the heat.

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Chris Lewis
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Excellent hike today. It rained until about 2pm but we decided to head out anyway. We made a loop out of the trail by connecting several sections. Beautiful the entire way including the river crossings.

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

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Tami Robertson
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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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Tami Robertson
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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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Steve Voss
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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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Megan L.
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Great trail with varied scenery, good elevation, tons of prairie dogs, and wonderful views. we combined this trail with a part of the maah daah hey trail to make it a loop. We even saw a bison right off the trail!

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sam kirsch
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MF ZB
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Ben Thompson
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Carrie Oates
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Luisa Torres
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Devin Kasper
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Kourtney Selensky
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