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White Butte North Dakota's Highpoint Trail

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Bowman, North Dakota

White Butte North Dakota's Highpoint Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bowman, North Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 426 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy
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Getting There

Note: From the parking area, follow a cattle fence for the next mile toward White Butte - which you should be able to clearly see off in the distance. For those state peak baggers out there... here's a short fun one! An extremely easy highpoint to nab, although getting there can be somewhat of a challenge. Don't forget to leave a donation in the mailbox! (see below)

Directions to the Trailhead: From Amidon, travel two miles east on Highway 85 and make a right onto an unmarked gravel road. Proceed five miles (mark your odometer) and make a right onto another unmarked dirt road. Continue 1.2 miles to what appears to be a residence. A large metal mailbox is on the left. It is custom to leave a donation in this mailbox as you are traveling over their land. A tractor road begins at this mailbox and heads directly toward White Butte. This road can be crazy rutty so it's your choice whether or not you want to drive to the actual trail or not. Stay to right of the fence.

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Kate Elizabeth
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This one is super underrated! Easy high point to tag, but it’s all in the journey. I got here in the mid-afternoon after hitting SD earlier in the day and the light / views were incredible. Felt like I was on some remote moor in Wales or Northern England, definitely not in North Dakota. Of my 14 high points, ended up snapping some of my best photos here. Enjoy the drive and enjoy the solitude!

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Anna Esckelson
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Unless you you are on the mission to cover state high points, not really all that impressive. But really easy, bring a wind breaker. This is 15th Highpoint for me plus Puerto Rico.

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Jerry horner
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HikingGreat!

I liked it, not to tuff, the day I did it was just perfect. no mud, no snakes

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Dominic Vallosio
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No snakes. Wore snake gaiters and used trekking poles to make extra noise. Beautiful day, slightly chilly. Great views and a fun trail once you leave the Jeep “road.”

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Paige Shermis
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HikingNo shadePrivate property

This is on private property, so put $5 in the red box across the road from the parking lot to fund the trail. No shade and some mildly steep hills, but there's nothing like crossing a high point off the list!

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Bryan Farr
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Amanda Whaley
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Great views at top, but it was a super windy day (25+ mph winds).

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Emily Beam
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Nice hike with great views at the top and some friendly cows.

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Brittany Brossett
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Great trail to do while in ND. The gravel road isn’t rough on your car and the trail isn’t hard to find at all. The path itself is also easy to follow. It was slightly muddy but wasn’t bad to navigate through. Excellent views from the top!

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Ben Hoese
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HikingGreat!

thumbs up!

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Jenna Streffon
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Beautiful, short, and relatively easy hike! Sunset was the perfect time to do this hike.

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Turner Gunderson
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Super enjoyable. A nice prairie walk up to the trailhead gate, then a rugged footpath to the top. Some slippery spots, but nothing good boots won’t get through. Absolutely phenomenal views and make sure to sign the register at the summit.

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jim Chamberlain
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Beautiful views, easy hike.

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Paty Matiskella
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Definitely not as difficult to get there as others make it out to be. Just put "White Butte Trailhead" into Google Maps and that will take you right to the parking area. From the parking area, read the directions on the sign. You just need to follow a cattle fence for the next mile toward White Butte - which you should be able to clearly see off in the distance. Recommend staying on the two-track Jeep road that runs along the fence as rattlesnakes are native to the area. We didn't see or hear any on our visit in mid-August. But, we also used trekking poles. (No, this was not so we could move any snakes we encountered. That's crazy!) We brought them to ensure we made enough noise/vibration on the ground that any snakes would alert us if we got too close. But again - we didn't see ANY snakes. Just cows in the distance and some flying grasshoppers. After about a mile though the pasture, you get to a fence for the actual trailhead. This is marked with a nice big white sign from the Highpointers Club. Super obvious. And it's right at the base of the white buttes you were walking toward this entire past mile. After the gate, the trail will curve to the left and go up. There are several giant cairns marking the route. It goes up at a pretty steep clip, and I can see how this would NOT be fun if it were wet and muddy. But, again... trekking poles. It was a 0.65-mile hike to the top, and it's totally doable. When we got to the summit, we met up with a couple whose two preschool aged kids (3 and 5) made it. So, you'll be fine. The upper part of the hike is nice and grassy. There were some nice views of the area, and those white buttes you had your eye one before will now be below you. There's a journal in the box at the summit, but it was full - so it's time to be replaced. All in all, it's 3.3 miles (roundtrip) from the parking area. Nice hike. Not too hard, but not a "drive up" highpoint either. Took us just over an hour. This was HP #20 for me.

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Emily Murphy
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HikingBugsGreat!No shadePrivate property

Really beautiful and easy hike. Pretty dry and easy to find the trail. Carens are where they are needed. HP 32

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James Buckingham
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Nice trail. Windy.

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Kyle Stringer
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A few steep spots but otherwise an easy pleasant trail.

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David Platt
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I came here to switch things up a bit after a few days in TRNP. The trail is decent and has 2 highlights that help it stand out. The first is a very photogenic abandoned cabin on the 1-mile access trail to the"real" trail. The second was when I somehow lost the trail and wound up scrambling through a badlands mini-canyon, which was fun. View from the top was alright.

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Frankie Frears
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Nice easy trail with great views, perfect for a morning hike! Didn’t see any snakes.

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Keiona Trimmer
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A little overgrown and I recommend a mosquito and tick spray. My two year old did this trail with me and I only had to pack her through the steep parts. Very kid and dog friendly. Also very worth the hike!

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Nick Maloney
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HikingBugsNo shade

Completed 7/13/2020. One hour up and one hour down. Park by the donation box and walk to the gate. Don’t drive down the road to the trail entry gate. Easy hike. Just a few steep spots. This would be extremely slick in wet conditions. Didn’t see any rattlesnakes. Bugs and ticks were out in full force though. Especially near the cattle. Decent 360 degree views from the top. My 22nd state high point.

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Iam Wood
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HikingMuddyNo shadePrivate property

Fun trail. Can be difficult when wet and hot when sunny!

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Kyle DeFranceschi
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If coming from the south, 140th Ave was closed going to the trailhead. Had to detour 1-2 avenues to the east to get there. Trail is in good condition, not too muddy even with the rain.

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