Saddle Pass Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews
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Saddle Pass Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

no dogs

hiking
1 day ago

The Badlands are absolutely amazing!!! This is a neat short hike. It's steep in sections and with the loose sedimentary rock, it's a little slippery. Suggest wearing good shoes to do it, even though it's a short hike to the top. My 7 year old especially had a fun time finding small fossils in the rocks on the way up!!

12 days ago

I absolutely love the Badlands! And this was a cool hike with an amazing peak to climb overlooking everything.

12 days ago

Pretty amazing for a 1/4 mile trail best sites in the badlands for the shortness of the hike!

hiking
16 days ago

This was one of the more difficult hikes for a couple reasons, first of all, very steep in parts, almost crawling on all fours at times. Second, the Trail is not very well marked. Honestly though, these aspects made it a lot of fun. You more or less find your own way up and down this peak. Once you get to the top, you are faced with a 360 degree view of the scenery. Overall, a very enjoyable and recommended hike.

hiking
25 days ago

Sort of poorly designed trail that goes straight up the Badlands wall; it would be much easier if they made some sort of switchbacks, but maybe that was not an option, who knows.

regardless, a very well worth it trail that allows access to castle and medicine root trails. If you have people that like to climb this is a good spot

hiking
1 month ago

Really fun trail. My 11 y/o loved his first "climb". Great views from the top of the butte

1 month ago

Fun short hike uphill. Good grip shoes will help you. Saw sneakers, flip flops and crocs and they were on their a$$es on the way down.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Fun short hike. Wear shoes with good traction. Do able for my 8 year old, but challenging in parts due to limited traction on sandy steep parts. Views from vista points along road are better, but still a fun quick climb.

1 month ago

Amazing views from this trail. As you go up, the views become more and more spectacular. I would rate it as difficult if it were any longer.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Short and strenuous trail. Kids ages 11 and 8 loved it! Most difficult part was climbing in an area where you can't get traction due to sliding rocks and sediment.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice view from the top

2 months ago

nice loop hike when tied into castle trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Really cool short trail. The views coming up are really neat. Unless you're going to continue on the castle trail when you reach the top there isn't really much at the top though. It's an awesome feeling climbing up one of these bizarre formations though.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Fun trail with lots of different options and a secret cave. Short and challenging, but definitely a good departure from the other flatter trails in Badlands.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Short but challenging and very fun! Good hiking shoes are a must. Views at the top are worth it. We didn't come across any rattle snakes on our way up.