Rankin Ridge Interpretive Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Rankin Ridge Interpretive Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near East 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

The fire lookout tower is closed to the public

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is accessible and beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

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5 months ago

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7 months ago

The fire lookout tower I believe is closed to the public. But the views were still amazing. It was a beautiful clear day and we could see the Badlands in the distance.

hiking
7 months ago

Great small hike for a family with little kids.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Gorgeous views 360 degrees!

hiking
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Great Hike for the family. The trailhead is easy to find and takes you about halfway up the ridge. I strongly suggest taking the trail up to the top and not the service road. Though it was hazy when we went, we could still see Buffalo Gap. On a clear day you could see the Badlands. All in all a great hike of about a mile.

The elevation gain was about 300'.

hiking
Thursday, April 15, 2010

This is not a long hike or strenuous hike, but the views and the wild life to be seen along the way makes it one of our favorites. We have hiked this trail twice and have always had the entire trail to ourselves. The down side of hiking the loop is that the second side is on a road which leads to the tower on the top, but the views are still good.