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Medicine Root Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Interior, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 337 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 day ago

Follow the signs for saddle pass up thru the rocks then after you get to flat land you’ll see the markers for Medicine

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

hiking
muddy
no shade
1 month ago

Hike up to the top was intense and so was coming down but worth the view once you’re to the top. The actual loop wasn’t that exciting, it was like walking in an open prairie field. But we did love the castle trail (2nd 1/2 of loop)

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

The incline up the buttes at the beginning was really cool! Then if you go clockwise around the loop, you’re just in the prairies and there aren’t many badlands. But then on the way back, you’re back in the badlands and it’s pretty cool!

hiking
8 months ago

Flat, after the very aggressive beginning. Flat and enjoyable. Easy trail once you get to the top. Nice views of the rock formations.

hiking
8 months ago

Great walk to get the gist of the Park and away from a lot of traffic. We actually started at the West end of the Castle Trail and did the lasso. Added 2 Miles, but the overlooks over here are much larger than this loop. Recommended!

hiking
8 months ago

loved this trail. accessed this trail by hiking the saddle pass trail. Amazing views.

hiking
8 months ago

Great loop with castle trail and sandy pass. Hiked aug 31 and saw 2 male bighorn sheep and 5 smaller sheep. Hike down the Sandy pass was slippery.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, recommend doing at sunset or sunrise!!

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

Park needs to send someone out there with a trimmer. Trail is severely overgrown as of early August 2019. Not much variety of terrain, mostly just cutting through overgrown meadows on a single track. Multitudes of mosquitos! I enjoyed the Castle trail portion of the loop better.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
9 months ago

Did this hiking track a couple of weeks ago, don't recommend spending time to do this trail as it is super overgrown, theirs mosquitos and the trail goes away from the rock formations. So i highly recommend that you go do the castle trail and visit saddle pass.

hiking
9 months ago

HOT but so worth it.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Good views, lots of wildlife, 75 F and sunny. Cannot beat that!

hiking
10 months ago

did this loop 7/6/19 , after all the rain we have had the medicine root portion of the trail was pretty well flooded!! i enjoyed every bit of it :) great views of some pretty cool badlands and pretty much a flat walk all around! recomed it and will do it again

hiking
11 months ago

We took the saddle trailhead and hiked up from there to reach the medicine root trailhead. At the top of the saddle trail we saw some long horn sheep. The medicine root trail is a bit boring after a while. The prairie didn’t offer too much change in scenery. And parts of the trail were over grown. There is no cover so bring plenty of water and wear a hat and sunscreen.

hiking
11 months ago

Hi! Don’t hike this trail if it rained the day/night before and no sun is in the sky. We hiked from the beginning of castle across from door trail, so it was a bit longer for us to begin with. The trail is basically clay except when you’re in the bushes of beautiful wildflowers. The views are fantastic, making it a fun and unique way to explore the Badlands. Unfortunately for us due to the rain, we kept slipping/falling and feeling like we were in quicksand in some parts. So just be wary and bring hiking poles if you have to do it after the rain!

hiking
11 months ago

Entered at the Southern Road trailhead. Incredible views. Great for the whole family. Not buggy. Level. Wild flowers blooming the entire trail. Air smelled like heaven. Up there in our top ten hikes.

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

Saddle pass access was cool and the views along the section of Castle trail were great. However, the prairie section of Medicine Root was pretty lame. Unless you’re trying to watch birds. Get there early and you’ll have the trail to yourself. I would recommend wearing pants as the weeds were high with an army of blood thirsty insects looking for a helpless meal out in full force.

hiking
bugs
no shade
11 months ago

Mosquitoes, no shade and the same view the whole way.

hiking
muddy
no shade
11 months ago

We enjoyed the trail but it was very wet in places. The scenery is amazing at the beginning of the trail. Bring a hat and sun cream no shade.

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