Notch Trail

MODERATE 86 reviews
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Notch Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

hiking
3 days ago

14 days ago

The trail is listed as moderate to strenuous, however, the only mildly difficult portion involves climbing a log ladder up at an awkward angle. There are 2 different viewpoints near the end. A great hike if you only have a few hours in the park!

17 days ago

Marvelous trail. Takes a good amount of effort. But worth every step at the end.

19 days ago

Short Trail but great vistas at the end. Lots of roaming available. Impressively quite, even when others are around.

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Loved the wooden stairs to climb and the view is beautiful. This is a great hike when it's too hot to do a real long trail but still get the effect of the Badlands. I would recommend. One bottle of water will suffice for this hike.

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1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

I didn't think it was that great. We did Castle Trail first then this. A nice trail for someone wanting a short hike but we could have done without it after our 8 mile hike we already did. Ladder was short and fairly easy. Took us about 30-40 minutes round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy and short but worth it for the scenic views and the unique rope ladder.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, short but a lot of fun.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

We absolutely loved this trail, and I recommend it heartily. The log ladder and the few spots of ledge hiking added a lot of excitement to it, and the view at the end is spectacular.

However, I do not agree with the "easy" rating. I think that would be misleading to novices or others less sure-footed. In fact, the sign at the trailhead itself says "not recommended for those with a fear of heights... moderate to strenuous... rough terrain."

hiking
1 month ago

With a deathly fear of heights, I don't recommend this hike without a buddy.

hiking
1 month ago