Rankin Ridge Interpretive Trail

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Wind Cave National Park

Rankin Ridge Interpretive Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 239 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

The fire lookout tower is closed to the public

Heart shaped trail

11 days ago

beautiful views at the top! I suggest taking the loop clockwise. the uphill is more work but it was easier on the knees taking the road downhill.

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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
2 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

Nice little 1 mile loop hike. If you want to avoid the rocky stuff, just take the gravel road both ways. We heard coyotes, and saw a golden eagle at the top.

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7 months ago

The view was great and trail was very well groomed. We could see all the way to the badlands.

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9 months ago

Great view at the top! The fire tower is blocked off, but you still have a good panoramic view

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rocky
9 months ago

walk up using trail on the right which while steep is easier. lots of loos rocks and roots coming down so be careful. beautiful views!!

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9 months ago

Great trail, amazing views. Saw a cool snake on the path.

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rocky
9 months ago

pretty nice trail going up, the way down looks like a utility trail, a LOT of poison ivy growing right next to the path

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10 months ago

Lots of poison ivy. Some was even growing into the trail. I wish the fire tower wasn’t blocked off. Great view at the top regardless.

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10 months ago

Stunning view. Easier if done counter clockwise... watch for poison ivy this year.

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11 months ago

Nice short hike with an excellent view at the top.

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11 months ago

Nice, short trail with some amazing views.

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11 months ago

Bison right at the turn off to the hike. Great views of the endless prairie to the east and hills all around. Going clockwise, you take the fire road back down to the parking lot. The first half is a traditional hiking trail. Trail is in great shape.

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11 months ago

Nice views! didn’t see any wildlife on the trail but saw a ton on the drive in and out.

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Sat May 18 2019

Nice short loop up to a fire tower that offers great views. We did encounter a lone male bison which caused us to take a bit of detour, lol.

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Sun Mar 31 2019

Short and sweet, but with a serious view! A bit of elevation, nothing terrible. You can’t climb the fire tower, which is a bummer, but it’s still a great place to grab a snack & check out the horizon.

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Tue Sep 25 2018

This easy loop provides great views of the Black Hills to the west and the plains to the east. It was a clear day and we could even see the western tip of the Badlands.

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Sat Sep 15 2018

Super easy hike. A little steep. Took us 30 min to complete.

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Sat Jul 14 2018

Nice short trail With big views, wildflowers and ripe raspberries

Sat Jun 02 2018

Nice walk to gorgeous vistas across the plains.

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Fri Jul 28 2017

This trail is accessible and beautiful!

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Sat Jul 08 2017

This is a great warm up hike. It is short and sweet with great views. We got some amazing panoramas. You can see Badlands and Buffalo Gap from the top. It's a fairly good incline the whole way up, but no technical features. Great hike to finish up a great day in the wilderness!

Thu Jun 29 2017

fabulous views, wonderful variety of wildflowers. watch out for lots of poison ivy on narrow section of loop and some at summit. tower closed.

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Thu Jun 29 2017

We love to hike this trail. Clear weather makes for impressive views!

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