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Saddle Pass Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily 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

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walking

no dogs

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rocky
scramble
20 hours ago

Fun trail, it was a hot one for us, bring water.

rocky
scramble
3 days ago

A great little hike with rewarding views. It's a good warm-up anyways

hiking
off trail
rocky
washed out
5 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

Pretty cool views from the top but if you’re going to and from the parking lot it’s a bit of a scramble at times. The way down is slippery. The trail is also somewhat poorly marked, there are blue posts to guide you but coming from the parking lot there is no direction which way to go so we continued straight and tried rock climbing up. You’ll need to take a right and then you can see the first blue post

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
11 days ago

Definitely a short but strenuous hike, takes you to the top of a wall area where you can explore and do some climbing to cool vantage points if you're up for it. I would say if you're recovering from a knee or ankle injury you may want to think twice before heading up but overall not too hard. Coming down is more difficult, you really just need to pay attention to your footing. Definitely worth it in my opinion though, it's a fun little climb and allows you to explore the rock wall of the Badlands

hiking
no shade
rocky
11 days ago

This was a steep, but fun climb. Plenty of views all around, and a little to explore on the ridge. Might be difficult to climb for some, but it’s not far.

hiking
12 days ago

We decided to start with this and then went west on Castle Trail. It was a hard climb up and down the pass but amazing views from the top and along Castle Trail.

hiking
13 days ago

At times felt more like a rock scramble than a trail; mostly due to trail erosion. I did it coming from the parking lot, but some people came from the back entrance which could definitely make two different experiences. From the parking lot it’s a pretty quick hike. Great view at the top

hiking
13 days ago

Completed 5/19. We started on Castle trail, did the Medicine Root loop, and veered off to do Saddle Pass. This is a longer trail, but it was worth it. You can also take Castle trail straight (the shorter side of Medicine Root Loop) to Saddle Pass. The Saddle Pass trail itself is super steep, so if you’re on the fence about difficulty or looking for a longer, beautiful trail, go with Castle. Saddle Pass had a beautiful 360 view at the top. We saw a rattlesnake at the bottom, so keep your eyes open.

hiking
19 days ago

Completed on 5/14/2020 There are two ways to begin this trail: (1) Either from the parking lot - which will offer the most inclination and is probably more strenuous OR (2) Start with Castle Trail; at about mile 4 Saddle Pass is an offshoot We did the latter and hiked 4 miles in before reaching Saddle Pass. We climbed all the way up one of the peaks; offers amazing view of the valley. The peak is very technical; narrow, slippery after rainfall and requires good nonslip boots. But a great place to enjoy lunch. Definitely do not recommend the peak for people who have a fear of heights.

hiking
19 days ago

The trail was great. We climbed up then went east on the Castle trail for a few miles. It started to rain and headed back. When we got back to the top of the Saddle Back trail it was a river of mud flowing down the hill. We ended up sliding in the mud most of the way down. It was fast, scary, and very muddy. We made it back to the car coated with mud from head to toe. Lesson learned if is any chance of rain in the forecast forego this trail. It is a fair weather trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep with great views

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. The elevation gain is difficult at the beginning for like 5 minutes then it evens out and is a beautiful but easy trail to sightsee.

hiking
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Great way to get a large view of the white river. Steep terrain to travel up but worth your time

hiking
7 months ago

Very short at 0.7 miles but very steep. In areas, it seemed more like a rock scramble than just a hike. We loved this. We got a little rain when we were on the trail and that made things difficult coming down. We had our kids with us, ages 5,6,7 and they did great on this one. Wore out the youngest. Great views at the top and you can take off on the medicine root trail or jump onto the castle trail that are much longer hikes. Would do this one again in a heartbeat.

hiking
7 months ago

Very steep climb but it’s amazing when you’re up there. Did see one rattlesnake on the trail, be safe.

hiking
no shade
rocky
8 months ago

As others have said it’s pretty difficult going down, and quite steep going up. Lots of fun and worth the trip.

9 months ago

Short but really really steep! Challenging and I enjoyed a lot!

hiking
scramble
9 months ago

Nice challenging hike with a few steep sections of trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Great for view of sunset and some mountain goats. Little slippery with silt on ground, so be careful.

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