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I followed Waze app and takes you right to the mailbox for donations and start. Be sure as others say stay on right side of fence(he even has cameras). Pass old farm house and enter through gate. Trail is to the left as you reach bluffs. Nice hike and awesome views !

Fun short hike with a beautiful vista, particularly at sunrise.

Follow the AllTrails directions and it will take you right to the donation mailbox. Follow the barbed wire fence/road to the base of the trail unless you want to add a short walk to the trail.

The directions google gives leads to the wrong location.

A local came up on his quad and had me follow him to the trailhead. He stated he has been trying to get google to change the location but hasn’t had any luck so far. Great guy!

If you go to the spot where google takes you, with that place on your left, drive another 1.5 miles and turn left. The trailhead is down this road. You will come across the mailbox with the padlock on your right. The local told me I could drive down the fence line until the end and park there instead of parking by the mailbox.

Nice little hike to stretch my legs and knock out another high point!

5 months ago

Due to past washout, the trail was hard to follow. With so many other spectacular trails in the park, this one isn't as impressive. I did spot a mule deer at close proximity along this trail.

You’re fine as long as you stay to right of the fence. It’s a fun interesting and easy high point (my 7th) that’s offers some fairly unique views. Well worth it.

6 months ago

We had a great hike here over the Labor Day long weekend. The badlands rock formations are wonderful and we had the opportunity to see a lot of wildlife including Bison, Prairie Dogs and even a rattle snake. The first mile or so of this track (starting near the park entrance) is a bit narrower and steeper than we expected. I would suggest long pants because the undergrowth is quite prickly.

I think recent changes in the area have led to some confusion. Looking from the mailbox towards the butte, you'll see a dirt driveway with a No Trespassing sign on the left, a wire fence, and a faint tractor road immediately to the right of the fence. You'll want to park at the mailbox and walk down the tractor road, staying to the right of the fence at all times. If you're on the same side as the old farmhouse, you're good. The owner of the driveway does not want you on his side of the fence (driving or walking) and seems to be stepping up enforcement, so I would not be surprised by further changes at this intersection.

Going from the mailbox, the whole up-and-down is probably about 3.5 miles. Depending on weather, the hike can be muddy in spots, including at least one steep location where it can be difficult to gain purchase. Don't wear any shoes or pants that you mind getting muddy.

Overall, it's a solid highpoint (my 35th) with good views of the surrounding prairie land.

The peak is still open to the public. The neighbor has been putting up no trespassing sign. The mailbox where you leave donations should still be across the gravel road from the trail head, but may not be marked. You do not need to call for permission, just respect the private property. Park on the gravel road and walk 1 mile down the two track, past the picturesque old farmstead, to the gate on your right. Walk through the gate and find the trail to the left. The owner is OK with this. I talked with him last week.

Ended up finding the route after following Googles terrible directions (it leads you to a property with a no trespassing sign). I didn't verify AllTrails directions...

Owner didn't pick up the phone when I called but I left money and a note in a mailbox with a padlock on it. This mailbox is across the street from a tractor road that is currently fenced off with barbed wire, but if you follow the fence (it will be on your right) you will see a faint set of tractor tracks. This adds maybe another mile to the trip.

Eventually, I walked by a copse of trees and an abandoned farm house to a gate where I was greeted by a herd of cows. After going through the gate, I continued to follow a well worn pathway to the summit.

Great views (especially to the southeast). Ran into another highpointer on the trail - what are the odds?

Definitely an adventure with some areas through high grass and jumping small rivers but worth it to see every type of topography the park has to offer. Saw bison bones on the hike but limited animal life in August

The access road where the no trespassing sign is posted has very fresh fence posts and barbed wire across it. You are unable to access the approach road and it is very clear the owners of the property no longer wish to allow hikers up the trail. A real shame.

Once we figured out how to get there it was great. The google directions are correct. The only sign is the one on Hwy 85 to turn south. From there go 4.8 miles and turn right (west). This road ends at an intersection. There is an unmarked, padlocked mailbox with a slot in the front. I hope this is the donation mailbox I've read about. At this intersection, turn left onto the sketchy road. There is a no trespassing sign next to the road. After much hesitation we determined that this meant, please stay on the trail and off the rest of my property. We took the road until it was no longer driveable, it was too washed out to continue. We walked to the end of the road where there was a fence with a gate secured shut with only a rope. From there we followed the foot trail to the summit.
The trail was mostly easy to follow. There are a few small cairns along the way. It is not difficult, but quite steep in several spots. Wear hiking shoes. It was dry when we were there and the ground was loose and crumbly in places. I fell/slipped on a steep downhill. I wouldn't attempt this trail if it was wet. And no, we did not see any rattlesnakes.

Land owner has posted no trespassing signs and removed previously mentioned contributions box. Seems like access is no longer open to the public. Bummer ☹️

7 months ago

Great challenge with amazing views.

8 months ago

The posted mileage is 8.85 miles. It was so beautiful! Definitely a challenge with all the switchbacks but not too strenuous. I love how the trail goes in and out of forest areas surrounded by trees and wide open spaces. It took us 5 hours at a leisurely pace to complete with a few breaks to take pictures and snacks.

trail running
9 months ago

Defiantly a hard trail to run due to bison tracks making the trail really uneven but it's a great run if your looking for a challenge!

9 months ago

Definitely a long trail for an out of shape beginner but beyond the length it was not difficult. Beautiful views of the lake though.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This trail was beyond my equipment and provisions. Physically, I could've walked the trail, however my judgement told me, I did't have the equipment required for such a trek. The outdoors requires a level of respect, and out hear anything can happen.

I enjoyed the photos, don't buy upgrades walk'em !

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It was more miles then they posted. It is a deceiving hike because the lake had so many fingers and it is a long way around. It was however beautiful.

This was my 14th high point that I scored. The hike was very easy to start off with. when you get to the actual climb you need to kinda look for the trail, there are a few of them that makes you think you are and then aren't. I came up one trail and came down another. but left the same way i came to the base of the butte. The view from the top was amazing, and seeing the different color of sediments was pretty awesome. Wildflowers were just coming out, so I got to see some awesome wildflowers that usually aren't seen. I almost lost my shoes twice in the white soil (i forget the actual name besides the fact that there is calcium in there) If it looks wet, don't step on it, you will sink. Literally slick as snot. I did my hike early in the morning to avoid snakes (because i had read many accounts of people seeing rattlesnakes while doing this summit). Also there is a mail box, the land own does want a some money as a contribution of opening up his land for hikers to enjoy. So do show your thanks and appreciation for what he didn't have to do for us to enjoy. Everything I read is $5 dollars is what was written as a donation.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Good short hike. For geology buffs - amazing!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Great trail to hike... Nice to get away from biso and be around a lovely lake with awesome scenery.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Buckhorn trail at Theodore Roosevelt National Park north unit was a great one day hike. It had a great mixture of hills, flats, and scenery. My favorite part was seeing a massive herd of bison on the plateau.

Good easy hike! Nice views and it was fun to see the high pointers book at the top!! Our first of the 50!

Easy hike and it was beautiful! Saw a coyote!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Currently closed due to a washout. The ranger said it would be closed for a while since it was a pretty major washout

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

This trail is off the Scenic Loop Drive in the south unit of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park. There is one place where the trail is really steep, and we had to be careful not to slip and fall. The rest was easy and nearly level.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 11, 2013

I started off my ride at the Northwest Trail Head with a nice hilltop view of Harmon Lake. The first section of the trail on the West side of the lake was mostly beginner with rolling hills and a few cut-backs. The wind was coming out of the North of course and so I had the wind to my back for the first part of my trek. As I reached the South end of the lake it takes you into the bottoms and over the inlet where the lake receives most of it's run-off. There is a nice metal float bridge in place to cross over. From here the trail climbs with moderate technical features through the South and East side of the lake. There are many sharp corners throughout with only a few longer downhill stretches to meet your need for speed. On the final stretch there are a few switchbacks and cliffhangers as you make your way back to the face of the dam. Overall this was definitely a trail for beginner to moderate mountain bikers who want to test their endurance as well as get a good workout in. My dog Rocco made the trek as well with only a few short breaks for water and a swim on this dog friendly trail.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

NOTE*** this trail is located in the North Unit of the park. It is an hour north of Medora. The closest city is Grassy butte or Watford City! This is a great trail for backpacking or an extended day hike. It stays on the north end of the park and there alot of up and down and you cross a creek. There is a spring located along the trail. If you start at the caprock coulee trail head you can see a prairie dog town just a half mile up.

3 months ago

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