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“Nice quick hike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Saddle Pass Trail

Saddle Pass Trail
Badlands National Park, SD
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Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Hiking trail that leads through the Badlands Wall and takes about a hour.
Albany, NY
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“Nice quick hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This was a wonderful hike up the hill side for an awesome view. This requires climbing on rocks and can be a bit slippery.

My 2 young girls and I did this in about 1 hour round trip.

Visited August 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Fabulous challenging hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This was our kids' favorite hike in the Badlands. It's a short, steep trail and the beginning part can give some challenges getting traction on the crumbly surface, but after that it gets easier and there are many options for off-trail rambles. My husband and the kids (5 and 16) came down the creek bed rather than the trail, and it was fun to see their excitement and their pride in challenging themselves. The top of the trail merges with the Castle path, which appeared to be a meandering hike through the grasslands--the contrast between the two trails was striking. Nice view from the top of the saddle, and opportunities for further climbing. I think someone had expressed reservations about hiking here with small children--as long as the kids understand the importance of following directions and if you know they have good balance and experience scrambling on rocks, I wouldn't have qualms.

Visited August 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Short but steep!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

I think the sign says it's only about a 1/4 mile hike to the highest point, where you can either turn around & return to your car the same way you hiked up, or continue on a level trail for a different experience. It's really fun to walk/hike in the Badlands; you get an entirely different view and experience than if you just remain in your car at the overlooks. Go early or late in the day... Like almost everything here, this trail is in the open, and would be very hot mid-day. And (obviously), carry water no matter what time of day you hike.

Visited June 2013
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New Jersey
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“Start your hike here!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

What an amazing trail, feels like you are scaling a mountain on Mars. I would call the trail moderately difficult, it is steep and there is some loose rock along the way, but wow what a fun trail. Might not be a great idea with small children, although we did see a couple with two small kids about halfway up. Once at the top you can hike Castle or Medicine Root, we hiked Medicine Root to Castle and back to Saddle Pass to where the car was, what a beautiful hike! It took us about 2 hours from start to finish, Saddle Pass is steep but short, about 20 mins with all the pics we took. Enjoy!

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Amazing rocks in this National Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed at the camping site in the Nadlands National Park in South Dakota in June 2012. The camping ground was fairly basic and we had to park the cars and trailer on the road but this was no problem. The amenities block was closed for maintenance, but the trip to the nearby motel was only a couple of minutes by car and so we showered there. This all paid into insignificance when we viewed the surroundings which are unusual and awe inspiring, at least to me. The rock formations are amazing and so old, one can still find fossils on a climb (watch for rattle snakes though!) and the night sky is wondrous. There is a lecture available from park rangers on the sky and the Lakota people who lived one this land undisturbed for thousands of years. Now they are on the nearby Reservation at Pine Ridge which we visited as part of this trip. The cost of parking the trailer was reasonable and water was available from a tap. The toilet block was a bush toilet arrangement, was kept clean each day. The tables were sheltered from the sun which can be harsh at that time of year. It can be windy which made the erecting of the tents for the teenagers an interesting experience. All in all we all loved it there. Being woken each morning by the song of the meadowlarks, the extraordinary milky way, which I had never seen in my lifetime as I live in a city. The friendliness of the park staff, all contributed to a camping place that I would recommend to those who love the outdoors and something different.

Visited July 2012
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