Medicine Root Loop Trail

EASY 14 reviews
#5 of 7 trails in

Medicine Root Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile loop trail located near Interior, South Dakota and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

5.4 miles
442 feet

kid friendly


5 days 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.

14 days ago

2 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.

3 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.

5 months ago

5 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, June 02, 2016

Friday, October 09, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013