Saddle Pass Trail

MODERATE 44 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
216 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

no dogs

hiking
19 days ago

Steeper and narrower than I initially thought but certainly doable. Markers were a bit difficult to find given the terrain, but luckily the rock structures create interpretive paths, and there are multiple ways up. View was wonderful, like a lookout.

1 month ago

Pretty steep and a nice view! Lost the trail while chatting on the way down but you can easily see the parking lot so it’s hard to get lost

hiking
7 months ago

I'll try this again. I actually got lost couldn't find the marking. When I did I tried to climb up but realized it's pretty steep and the gravel wasn't too good. I'll try again in the future

hiking
9 months ago

Short and not well marked but I think that is what makes it fun! Good, grippy hiking shoes are a must!!!! It is steep with slippery dirt. View at the top is worth it and you can hop on another trail from there... Castle Trail I think it was?

hiking
9 months 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!!

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months ago

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

10 months 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.

11 months 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.

11 months 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.

11 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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice view from the top

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

nice loop hike when tied into castle trail.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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
Monday, March 13, 2017

The Saddleback Trail is rated Strenuous. Wow. I made it all the way up to the pinnacle and back down again, with some difficulty. My wife turned around once it became nearly vertical. About 2/3 of visitors turn back halfway up this ridiculously steep and slippery trail. Do not attempt without good hiking shoes, water, and other proper hiking gear.
But if you reach the top, the view is wonderful.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fun climb basically straight up this butte. Great fun for my kids to climb and explore!

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

GREAT hike, but a little too wet to tackle when we were there. It was quite slick coming down but my sons thought it was terrific. We plan to come back next year - fully prepared to continue on on the Medicine Root trail.

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Fun climb up and over the buttes. Great views. Can be a bit slippery coming back down, but just take your time and enjoy!

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

It is a short hike, but ends with great views from the top. Very slippery in spots due to powdery dirt.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

This is a very cool hike. If you are afraid of heights, this is not for you. Wear good hiking shoes as there is loose dirt all the way up the trail. I saw a lot of folks scooting down the trail on their butts. Once you make it to the top, you can continue on the Medicine Root Loop Trail which is another 4 miles. Take lots of water!

hiking
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

This was kind of a crazy trail! We hiked about 4 other trails in the Badlands, but this one definitely felt like the most dangerous. It climbs up the Badlands Wall to a view over the White River Valley. It was a slippery and steep trail; the dirt is very fine and loose. It makes it difficult to get your footing. I and others more or less sat down and scooted our way down the steepest part of the path. You must wear good hiking shoes!! At the top, you can walk a little ways, and it meets up with other trails on even terrain with pretty wildflowers. I think this is the only trail I've ever hiked though that I had nightmares about! haha

hiking
Monday, May 26, 2014

This was a super fun and challenging trail. It was a fun access to Castle trail. Use great caution going down and don't attempt if wet.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2012

AWESOME. Kind of makes you want to believe in Santa Claus. Colors.

8 months ago

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