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Great Hike

We missed the start of the trail but another hiker helped us out. Be sure to bring water. Great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gregory W
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Carol Stream, Illinois
Gorgeous rolling prairie

This trail is flat and easy to hike along. It's quite long, we only hiked half (from the insanely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
more_gelato
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Austin, Texas
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Hiking trail that leads through prairie and Badlands country, and takes about two hours.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“saddle pass” (7 reviews)
“parking lot” (4 reviews)
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Badlands National Park, SD
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We missed the start of the trail but another hiker helped us out. Be sure to bring water. Great formations along the way.

Thank Gregory W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trail is flat and easy to hike along. It's quite long, we only hiked half (from the insanely steep Saddle Pass to the Western trailhead) but it was most enjoyable. Wear *really* good shoes.

Thank more_gelato
Reviewed 6 August 2017

We hit the trail after we hiked the Notch Trail. We hit the trail about 9, and we planned to hike the Castle Trail to the Medicine Root Trail and back to the car, which would be about 8 miles. I underestimated the heat and...More

Thank Robin K
Reviewed 5 August 2017

This is the longest hike in the park-10 miles or all the way from the western end of the park to the eastern beginning of the park. It appears to be fairly straight and not that strenuous...you pass many of the same formations you would...More

Thank larkenRidgefield_CT
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We took to the Castle Trail because it's 10.1 Mike's and the others were much shorter. I expected the trail to take us through the Badlands (the scenic part) but there was a lot more prairie and flat land. You do get into some of...More

Thank Brandon S
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

OK we hiked Castle Trail and Medicine Root Loop instead of the whole Castle Trail. The area we hiked was flat and kind of boring. Some nice views but it was 96 degrees with absolutely no shade. Being a lot of water with you.

Thank wacotom
Reviewed 19 May 2017

The Castle Trail is the longest trail in Badlands National Park at about 6 miles in one direction. Recently, we took the trailhead at the Fossil Exhibit Trail and went to the view where it meets the Saddle Pass Trail. This route was about 2...More

1  Thank Rick M
Reviewed 28 October 2016

It is amazing what nature forms as times. The outcrops were stunning. The Badlands are a little out of the way but worth the drive. Take time to get out and walk to enjoy the surroundings.

1  Thank Napsterthecat
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Worth the drive before sunrise. (Door trail on the east side of the badlands). Don't miss the sky views with clouds circling above and behind the direct sunrise.

1  Thank kevinsU525JU
Reviewed 21 September 2016

The geography of this area was amazing and unbelievable. It's hard to accept the fact that melting ice could create this beauty. The heavenly architects must have worked overtime to design these sights. Well worth the visit!!

1  Thank ldeeisme
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