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Notch Trail

Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Up Close and Personal with the Badlands

This trail at 1-1/2 miles round trip is an excellent trail to experience the Badlands up close and... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
Easton, Pennsylvania
My favorite trail

The visitor's guide will tell you that the Notch Trail is strenuous and not for those who have a... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Madison, Wisconsin
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Scenic hiking trail that takes about an hour.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“log ladder” (38 reviews)
“great hike” (20 reviews)
Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

This trail at 1-1/2 miles round trip is an excellent trail to experience the Badlands up close and personal. Four of us hiked this moderate trail with some elevation gain and a log ladder to climb up and back down on the return trip. This...More

Thank TheSimpleTraveler
Reviewed 14 October 2017

The visitor's guide will tell you that the Notch Trail is strenuous and not for those who have a fear of heights. So...I'm an overweight asthmatic with a mild fear of heights. I saw a picture of the ladder I needed to climb and was...More

1  Thank Sally1382
Reviewed 8 October 2017

The information provided by the park about this hike suggests that it will take at least 90 minutes and is strenuous. With the exception of the log and cable ladder, it was a moderate hike at worst, and we did it round-trip with lots of...More

2  Thank Teresita_Herndon_VA
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This was a nice hike. I have a fear of heights and was wondering about going up the somewhat steep wood and cable ladder. It was no problem. If I can do it anyone can! Nice view once you get to the top.

Thank Ed B
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We took this walk knowing we likely would have to turn around when we got to the ladder (we have a toddler and an infant). Sure enough, we did. Even if we had made it up the ladder, the rest of the walk was on...More

Thank 810kristink
Reviewed 27 September 2017

This was a short hike that you must do. It winds thru the badlands—bothvalleys and peaks. You need to climb a ladder on this hike.

Thank Cherie P
Reviewed 27 September 2017

This hike takes less than an hour even if you take your time and it's wonderful. It starts in the canyon and then goes up the ladder to the canyon rim and then ends at an awesome vista. What's not to love? The ladder is...More

Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

My husband & I tried this fun hike as our first one to try in the Badlands. I was surprised I made it to top of ladder & the view is awesome at top. They have reflective poles to guide you around. Going down ladder...More

Thank nichfam
Reviewed 25 September 2017

It was over-90 degrees the afternoon we did this hike, but our desire to do and complete it won out over the heat. We enjoyed this short but fun hike very much. The climb over the wooden ladder to gain access to the upper level...More

Thank OutdoorKidz
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Definitely do this trail. It winds through the valleys and peaks and leads toa gorgeous view from the notch. Also have to climb a ladder in an area, so maybe not the best for wheelchairs or people with other disabilities. Looks like a place were...More

Thank naleidme11
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