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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 1.3 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 1.3 mi Elevation gain 334 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

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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Frankie Frears
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Hiking

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

Keiona Trimmer
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HikingBugs

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!

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.

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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Hiking

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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Jayson Conover
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HikingNo shade

Great trail! I hiked it today with my GSD King at a nice slow place to grab some photos along the way. I did not see any snakes, but the flies were out in force near the cattle. Nice trail register and survey marker at the peak.

Katie Sheldon
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Hiking

Really beautiful day! Trail is well maintained and view from the top is spectacular. Add .9miles each way after you park by the donation box.

Kevin McCarty
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Hiking

HP #26 for us. #10 for Buddy the dog. We had great weather, 60s and sunny. What an amazing little hike in the middle of nowhere. If you're around the area I and it hasn't rained lately, you should do this hike. Park at the first marker you see per the wishes of the owners.

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Janet Jolly
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Hiking

We came it from the north (140th Ave) and had no issues at all with the road or trail. Easy hike and had great views on a clear day. Another highpoint done!

Tilli McCarthy Villalobos
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Do not go here unless you are really wanting to hit all the high points (which is why we came). We attempted to make it in from the south, as the previous reviews recommended, but it appears since the time those were written the washed out part of the road has moved to the south of the trailhead and you can only access the trailhead from the north. We attempted to make it from the south and got our car completely stuck in the mud. Thankfully a kind passerby in a truck pulled us out. It apparently rained earlier in the day before we arrived and everything was thick mud. We had to walk about a mile to the trailhead along a muddy road. Once we got to the trailhead it was a slippery, muddy slog to the top along a non-maintained trail. We fell multiple times trying to get to the top and I ended up losing my phone partway up when I fell (and didn’t realize it until I went to take a picture at the top). Thankfully, I found my phone buried in the mud on the way back down. Overall, it was pretty terrible but we checked another high point off the list.

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Badri Radhakrishnan
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HikingClosedFloodedPrivate propertyWashed out

This is North Dakota. FACTS: I flew into Bismarck, ND. I then proceeded on a 909-mile road trip through the badlands to bag the highpoints in ND and SD. Here is ND, highpoint number 26/51 for me and ranked 30/51. TRAILHEAD / HIKE: The route to get to the trailhead from the North (Amidon, ND) is totally washed out and gone and closed until further notice. You must get to the trailhead from the South (Bowman, ND). I have taken the trouble of providing detailed instructions here. From Bowman, ND, go North on 85 There is a sign on the left for 74th Street, there is NO sign on the right Make a right here onto a dirt road (all roads from now on are hard pack dirt) Go exactly 4 miles (reset odometer) Make a Left on 140th Ave SW (it is now labelled and contrary to other reports is not 137th ave) Go exactly 5 miles (reset odometer) Make a Left on 69 Go exactly 1 mile (reset odometer) Look for Red Iron Ranger, that is the parking for the new trailhead The hike is in one direction (due south) and is straightforward and easy. Surprisingly, I did meet two groups who were coming down as I was going up and one gentlemen going up as I was returning. It took me 90 minutes out and back... DINING: Humpback Sally’s: This place is downtown. I parked in the garage around the corner. This is Bismarck’s version of a pretentious “small plates, tapas” kind of place. I had a bourbon cocktail which was well made. The service was good but not especially warm or friendly. The food was good but the portion sizes are ridiculously small. I just can not see how this type of restaurant can survive in Bismarck. MacKenzie River Pizza Grill & Pub: This place is north of downtown. Plenty of free parking outside a stand alone building. The bar and restaurant were packed. I waited 15 minutes for a seat at the bar. I sat next to 3 fellows, one of whom immediately asked me if I wanted an entire order of nachos, since they had messed up the order (nachos had beans and they did not want beans, lol). Nice gesture. We got to talking and I asked him how his pizza was. He immediately reached over and handed me a slice and said try it. Again, wonderful generosity on his part. The pizza was good. I was planning on eating and drinking here as it was close to where I was going to spend the night. But, these 3 gents were soon gone and replaced by 3 other gents. The 3 new gents immediately started drinking and using foul language very loudly (got to the point that many at the bar area were uncomfortable). I had one beer and left. Laughing Sun Brewing Company: This place is in downtown Bismarck. It is in an industrial area, but I was told it is safe. There is plenty of free parking. They serve good craft beers only. The food is BBQ and it is very good as well. The service is warm and genuine and friendly. At about 900pm, a hip hop band started playing (ridiculously loud). Loud to the point that people in the restaurant and bar could not talk to each other. Many people sitting next to me were so annoyed at the loudness that quite a few paid their tab and left, including me. Little Cottage Cafe: This place is in downtown Bismarck. There is plenty of free parking. The place opens at 600am and is filled by 630am. This is a quintessential hometown feel good breakfast place. I sat at the 4 seat counter. The only waitress has been there for 30+ years. The food is great. The service is great. All around, my best meal in Bismarck. IMPRESSIONS: Apparently, when the settlers came, if they were able to build and live on a structure for 5 consecutive years, they were given 160 acres of land. Land is broken up into sections. Each section is 640 acres. Farms and ranches in ND are huge. Unlike the east coast, nobody discusses square feet, they say how many sections do you own? I marvel at the settlers who travelled west and saw the never ending prairie grasses and decided to stay.

Barb Cunningham
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Hiking

Read and follow Jason’s directions on finding the trailhead. Do NOT approach it from the north. The road (137th) from the north is completely demolished and after rain today (9/10/19) a total mess. Follow Jason’s directions from the south. Nice hike once you get there.

Jason Meyers
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Hiking

Had a hard time locating it. Here’s some helpful directions. Head north on 85 from bowman. When u see the butte on the right watch for a dirt road. There is a sign on the left for 74th but no sign on the right. Turn right here. Go a couple miles and turn left on 137. Follow a couple miles. U will pass the butte on the left. Watch for a street sign on the right that says 70. The next dirt road on the left will be 69 but there is no sign. Turn left here. Follow to the end and u will see a red box for donations and also a sign to park for white butte trail. Park here and follow the fence line back to the butte. U will pass thru a gate and come to the base of the butte. At this point it looks like u could go either way. Go left up the butte and u will see the trail continue to the high point. Got there right before sunset and made it up and back in less than an hour with a few quick pics at the top. Please be sure to leave a donation as the property owner is nice enough to allow high pointers to chase their dreams!

David Kleen
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Hiking

Road to get to the “parking area” was under construction. Confusing drive. Apple maps tries to send you down a tractor road, which will strand you in a family car. Take 137th Ave SW (the road 1 mile East of where Apple maps tries to strand you) to 69th St SW and turn West to get to the parking area (at the corner of 138th Ave SW and 69th St SW). Owner won’t let you drive to the AllTrails trailhead, so you get to walk the extra mile each way from the parking area. Red, metal Donation box by parking area. Mostly Easy hike with some uphill climb toward the peak. Not too bad. Windy. Isolated. Trail is overgrown this time of year with weeds. Parts of the path look like a dirt/grass bobsled run. Use this app to make sure you stay on the trail. (Coming from Black Elk Peak earlier in the day made this one look pretty blah.) Just saying.

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Elizabeth Hubbard
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Hiking

Hiked this trail on June 29 with our 5 kids (ages 5-15) in an hour. We parked at the donation box, so it was a 3.4 mile hike - the grasses are pretty tall so I wouldn't suggest driving down the jeep trail this time of year. No marked trail, but it was easy and obvious to follow. The wildflowers and grasses were beautiful with the recent rains, the trail reminded me of the Coastal Trail in Marin Headlands (without the ocean), but the views are still nice. HP #20.

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Simone Jarvis
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HikingNo shadePrivate property

Fun and easy hike, quick summit and great views!

Keegan Greene
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HikingNo shadePrivate property

Great trail, hiked last year

Bradley Wertz
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Hiking

Really recommend this trail. Beautiful view up top!

Rachel B.
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Spring is a beautiful time to hike this trail with the wild flowers in bloom. Easy to follow but watch for rattlesnakes...a snake hole and snake by trail about 250 yards after going through gate.

Jenaya Kiti
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Hiking

Hiked to the top today. Beautiful views. The trail is a little difficult to locate in places but not too difficult. Left a donation.

Regann Lowell
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Hiking

Fun hike. Just note that once you get to the donation box take that left and follow the fence on the left all the way down to the gate. Keep in mind I would not take a low sitting car down all the way. You will pass an old falling down house on the right (if you go through an actual upgraded living area you’ve gone to far)

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