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Picture worthy.

Some of the best photos were taken here. Easy trail walk too, that leads to even more picture... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ernie L
360 degree Everchanging Views!

Easy walk, bring water, and stay on the trail. Make sure to walk/hike the Door, Window, and Notch... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
Mar R
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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Hiking trail that leads through prairie and Badlands country, and takes about two hours.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“medicine root” (10 reviews)
“saddle pass” (8 reviews)
“easy miles” (2 reviews)
Badlands National Park, SD
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of the best photos were taken here. Easy trail walk too, that leads to even more picture opportunities.

Thank Ernie L
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Easy walk, bring water, and stay on the trail. Make sure to walk/hike the Door, Window, and Notch Trails!!

Thank Mar R
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I took the Castle/Medicine Loop trail. As most folks say it's not like you are going right in the middle of all the huge formations but I really wasn't into all the rock climbing. This hike is flat. I'm not a professional hiker. I was...More

1  Thank Christine H
Reviewed 14 October 2017

The title should be obvious. Why wouldn't you bring your map on the trails? Because you could be a forgetful idiot like myself or my husband. My husband and I opted to hike the Castle Trail and Medicine Root Trail. We parked the car at...More

1  Thank Sally1382
Reviewed 27 September 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed hiking on the Castle/Medicine Loop trails. There were many incredible views and formations along the way. The trail is easy and flat even though it is quite long. You will want to be sure to carry water with you. We started the...More

Thank Cherie P
Reviewed 11 September 2017

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 September 2017

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 7 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
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