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“Short but steep!”
Review of Saddle Pass Trail

Saddle Pass Trail
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Owner description: Hiking trail that leads through the Badlands Wall and takes about a hour.
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.

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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!

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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.

Thank Jools39_12
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

The view is incredible! It's a fun hike too but be careful of the trail: it is a bit gravely and easy to slip. I have a bad knee and broken thumb and was able to do the trail. But, had to waddle down the trail: going up is fine, going down is much more difficult. It is a very short trail and too us maybe 30-45 minutes round trip.

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Make sure you are up for this trail, otherwise you will be disappointed. Wouldnt recommend for kids younger than 10. Nice scenic view points along the trail. if you have time, do the saddle trail until it merges with castle trail. It gets really exciting.

1  Thank vkan
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