Castle Trail

MODERATE 85 reviews
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Castle Trail is a 10.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

no dogs

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5 days ago

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19 days ago

Beautiful sunny day to those who persevered the windstorm at the time. Big horned sheep were along the trail on the way back. Flat for nearly the whole stretch. Very enjoyable.

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2 months ago

Lots of beautiful views of the Badland formations on a well marked and fairly easy trail. The only thing that makes it difficult is the heat which reached 103 the day we hiked. Saw a couple of mule deer. Overall enjoyable but wouldn't hike the full trail again unless as it gets somewhat monotonous on the way back.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

This trail had amazingly beautiful views every way you turned. Seen big horned sheep multiple times.

2 months ago

This trail had amazingly beautiful views every way you turned. Seen big horned sheep multiple times.

2 months ago

We hiked from both trail heads 2 different days and hiked about 2.5 miles in each direction. East trailhead (near lodge) is along the base of high buttes with great views of formations. Some climbing. Trail markings red fiberglass poles regularly, but very easy to miss second pole at entrance because it is at top of a butte you have to climb to. We missed it and got very lost by following what we thought was another path. We would have bee in trouble if we had not downloaded trail on this app and used GPS. West entrance was even worse at beginning. Third trail pole is in middle of large open flat area and you can't see next marker which is high on top of butte. We again got lost. When you get to this third pole. Make hard right to left edge of butte and you will see path to left and up butte. Next couple of miles is easy path through grasslands and well marked. Gorgeous expansive views of formations and miles of prairie.

Bottom line: if you don't see red pole every 50-100 yards you are probably lost. Download map on app and take phone. Works even if no cell reception.

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2 months ago

We hopped onto this trail from Saddle Pass. It is well marked and mostly flat so the walk was very enjoyable and scenic with views of tall rock formations, cactus, canyons, meadows and some wildlife! We went off trail often to explore rockier areas with canyon views. We ran across sheep and deer.

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2 months ago

The best hike in the Badlands.

Being the longest trek, you have most of the trail entirely to yourself, giving you plenty of opportunities to soak in the Badlands unique geology and character. It carries you under the shadow of rocky spires and along endless stretches of golden prairie. There is shade to be found, but only if you start early/late enough in the day to let the sun sit on one side of the rocks. Even then, in the hotter months, this trail can be draining, so bring plenty of water.

It's not as spectacular as some of the formations you pass through on the Scenic Loop drive, but the Castle Trail is easily the most expansive and enjoyable hike in the Badlands.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Nice hike but it was so hot! Not much shade for reprieve from the sun. Plan accordingly. The sun and heat made us more tired earlier than normal. Struggled a lot towards the end with energy. Saw big horn sheep twice.

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2 months ago

This was a great trail, a little confusing starting out but well marked after that, it is easy hike but the hot dry terrain means you need lots of water & sunscreen-there is absolutely no shade for the 10mi hike so forget a rest break! Views are amazing, let's you get up close & personal with the badlands "castles'...

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