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“Great hike even for non-hikers”
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Notch Trail
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Owner description: Scenic hiking trail that takes about an hour.
Winnipeg
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great hike even for non-hikers”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We're certainly not experienced hikers, but we don't have any mobility issues. We found this hike to be fairly easy to manage, and quite enjoyable - it ends with a spectacular view of the Badlands, and is very scenic along the way. Only tricky part is the steep steps/ladder near the hike's beginning - but take your time with it (especially going down), and it's fine. A couple of spots where you're a bit close to a shard drop-off, so do have to watch footing (and keep an eye on kids), but nothing too dangerous. Otherwise, generally a fairly relaxed hike, and well worth the time.

Visited August 2012
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Amazing trail!”
Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

This trail is great if you want to get off the boardwalk but not ready for backcountry action. We took our 3,5 and 7 year old (there are some major cliffs so make sure you have enough responsible adults for the little ones). Our little one was able to walk the whole way. This was the highlight of our two day stay in the park.

The trail took us about an hour roundtrip, that being said be sure to pack water.

The trail starts in the valley, then you climb a cable/log ladder to the rim, walk the rim, wind through the towering rock formations and the trail ends with a beautiful view of the valley.

We hiked it after dinner, the setting sun made the colors of the rock brilliant, it was beautiful. The weather had cooled off making for a nice hike. Keep in mind the trails will get dark quickly.

If you have one one stop on the park, make it this one.

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Crown Point, Indiana, United States
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“challenging but fun”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

This trail has its challenging parts but our family of 5 (kids ages 13, 11 and 7) made it with no problems. Very fun!

Visited July 2012
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Superior, Wi.
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“One of the best trails I've ever hiked!!!”
Reviewed August 5, 2012 via mobile

This trail is really wonderful! It has a little
Bit of everything. First you can just hike easy and explore around on the low ground. Then you do the ladder- super fun :-) then you kinda meander along the edge of this steep cliff. Next you venture around the high ground until you reach the amazing view at the end.
We are pretty adventurous hikers with our kids (ages 5 & 6) and they had no problem on this hike. They know when they need to grab our hands and they are pretty sure footed.
On the way down, the kids took forever on the ladder just because of their short legs..... Slow and steady :-)
If you're confident in your kids sensing the danger and keeping close to you, I'd say go for it with any age/skill level and enjoy this awesome hike!!!! Honestly, it was just amazing.
If you brave this hike:
Bring a TON of water- we woke up and hit the trails by 8 and still drank about 8 bottles of water. The people hiking mid-day would easily need 3 bottles a piece if not more.
Wear steady boots or supportive shoes (we are wore shoes but wished we would have had hiking boots as your ankles need all the support they can get in this terrain)
Wear a hat or glasses- you gotta be able to see where you're going and we saw plenty of people squinting
Try to hit the trails as early as you can in summer- more color in the sky and cooler temps!
Enjoy this amazing hike!!

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Manhattan, Kansas
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not for those with a fear of heights”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

I loved it, as did my oldest (14) son, and my daughter (7). My wife and middle son (11) hated it, because they have a fear of heights. It's not unsafe, but there is a significant ladder climb, and you walk about five feet from a ledge.

Visited July 2012
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