Saddle Pass Trail

MODERATE 41 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

26 days ago

hiking
1 month 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?

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1 month ago

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hiking
1 month 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!!

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

3 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.

3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

3 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
4 months ago

4 months ago

Nice view from the top