Medicine Root Loop Trail

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Medicine Root Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly 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 backpacking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
337 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Tough get go but, beautiful hike and saw big horned sheep! You have to hike this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike through the prairie surrounded by the badlands. Easy to navigate.

hiking
4 months ago

fun and easy if you just do the loop

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite trails within the badlands. We hiked in early morning, so it wasn't very hot. Great mix of prairie, rock formations, and perhaps some wildlife if your lucky. Really stunning views of the sky amidst the barrens of the rocks or lushness of the prairie.
the prairie is so peaceful and just so lovely

took saddle pass to get to medicine root and it was a spectacular hike.

hiking
5 months ago

A solid but not spectacular trail, but the real fun lies in finding the "social trails" that branch off from this trail. One of the great features of badlands is the ability to hike anywhere, and the trails that come off this trail make badlands live up to its name. Of course, be wary of snakes and other wildlife, but definitely a great time.

5 months ago

Somewhat boring when compared to saddle, castle, and notch. Still don't regret hiking this trail but would've preferred to hike saddle along with entire castle trail.

hiking
8 months ago

An incredibly peaceful hike. Great for beginners. If you do the loop, be careful looking for markers on Castle trail, they easily get lost. Also, wear full gear and be careful if you have dogs. Tick season is in full swing. There is no shade or natural water source so be sure to pack in extra water.

9 months ago

Fun climb up Saddle Pass to Medicine Root loop. My teenagers did get bored on this hike, but I found it to be peaceful. Listening to the birds and the wind blowing the grasses was enjoyable for me.

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite trails. got to see lots of wildlife along the way. We were there in May, need to bring lots of water and good cover from the sun. Be aware of rattlesnakes as you can sort of hear them all the time!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I agree with everything everyone said that reviewed this trail. We did it in the middle of the day and there was no shade. The map we got from the Rangers said the complete loop was 4 miles (not 1.5 listed on the info page)

Friday, July 03, 2015

A very pleasant trail but Castle Trail is more dramatic.

hiking
Monday, May 26, 2014

This was a fairly easy trail. We hiked it in May and the sun is quite intense as there is no shade. The wildflowers and birds made this trail special. Combine it with part of Castle trail and make it a loop for added variety.

hiking
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Did this trail with my wife and 11 year old daughter over Labor Day weekend. You definitely want to do this one early or late in the day as the sun can be downright oppressive by mid-morning. There is no shade to be found and the white rock at your feet reflects the sun back up to your face, leaving you no respite.

Despite that, this is a wonderful hike with amazing views and solitude. The terrain is easy for the most part, with just a few gullies to climb in and around. We heard some coyotes that were very close but not visible in the tall grass, we also saw some hawks and even a toad. There were signs warning of rattlesnakes, but we saw none.

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