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Bulldog Gulch is a 14.7 mile out and back trail located near Sturgis, South Dakota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.7 mi Elevation gain 2,319 ft Route type Out & Back

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Mandy Barker
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Hiking

It is a beautiful hike; however, there are copious amounts of poison ivy all along the trail - often encroaching onto the trail. It is difficult to avoid.

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Katie White
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follow the 89 markers. the first 1.7 miles takes you through fields and under the highway before you hit woods. NO water until 5.5 miles and then had to go off trail just a little for dog to get water so be sure to carry plenty. nice gradual uphill on way. pretty hike...couple good views of Bear Butte.

Lisa Werdal
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Hiking

Trail starts across the road from where you park. It's well-marked, so just look for the 89 or bison head markers. I clocked it at 12.2 miles, rather than the 11.5 the Centennial map indicates. Lots of shady areas and places to dip your toes in the creek. Beautiful hike!

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David Kraus
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We did a slightly different route because mother and father-in-law have horse ranch where we started. time restraint caused us to stop short but good hike. doesn't deserve difficult rate, more moderate.

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Steve Spiess
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Awesome trail! I hiked from Highland Creek TH to Samelius TH back in September in 2 days. Word to the wise: it's easier to work your way south on this trail. I docked one star because there were a few spots that weren't marked well but it's not an issue if you know how to use your map and compass. I'm headed out to do a few miles on it again tomorrow and can't wait!

Allison Seger
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Thru-hiked this trail in May with my friend. We had a friend meet us at pactola trailhead on day three to do a food drop so we only carried three days of food instead of six. It is actually 120 miles not 111 for planning. We averaged 20 per day, more with getting lost in the less marked sections! All beautiful and very remote, we only saw other humans on bear butte and around pactola and Sheridan lake. Great trip!!

Michael N.
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Hiking

I've never through hiked this trail, but have done the entire trail in sections. It's been a number of years now but it does have some serious water issues, so if you plan to through hike, I would recommend carrying about twice what you normally do. I carry a 100oz camelback normally and would carry an extra 70 oz if I was to do it again. The drought conditions were fairly high when I was hiking it, and I believe they have gone down somewhat. But note that some of the Trails Illustrated (USGS) maps showed streams and creeks where only dry beds remain. That said, it is a beautiful hike in the northern hills, from about Rushmore north, and I would say it is also much more difficult. The southern portion is more open, less elevation change and a much easier hike all around (more water as well). There is also a huge prairie dog metropolis at one point and the Black Elk Wilderness was by far my favorite section - very dense and closed. One last note, on the less traveled sections of the trail, namely the far south and far north, the trail itself can be hard to find. The trail markers are not well kept (if you find one laying over, please prop it up for the next hiker and mark the location to report it) and you may find yourself backtracking at times. Very remote feeling in these areas.

Jane A. Roseland
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Jane A. Roseland
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Jane A. Roseland
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Barbara Dolan
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Jane A. Roseland
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Jane A. Roseland
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Barbara Dolan
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Janet Oertly
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Edie H.
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Troy M.
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Laura Mason
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Jennifer Shaughnessy
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Laura Mason
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Jerry Cole
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James Webb
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Jade Miller
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Lisa Wagner
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Chris Fenster
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