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Notch Trail

Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Nice Hike to a Good View

It's a 1.25 mile round trip hike that ends up with a really good view of the park to the south. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
FifiBojangles
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Bolingbrook, Illinois
Fun time

I Was very nervous about this trail especially the ladder But it really wasn’t that bad. Going up... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Karin C
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barrington
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Scenic hiking trail that takes about an hour.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“log ladder” (38 reviews)
“fun hike” (18 reviews)
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Badlands National Park, SD
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+1 605-433-5361
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"log ladder"
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"afraid of heights"
in 28 reviews
"fun hike"
in 18 reviews
"short hike"
in 18 reviews
"coming down"
in 8 reviews
"favorite hike"
in 6 reviews
"the cliff"
in 11 reviews
"bring water"
in 14 reviews
"sturdy shoes"
in 6 reviews
"drop offs"
in 7 reviews
"hiking boots"
in 9 reviews
"a lot of fun"
in 9 reviews
"miles round trip"
in 5 reviews
"gets hot"
in 4 reviews
"moderate hike"
in 3 reviews
"loose gravel"
in 6 reviews
"turn around"
in 5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's a 1.25 mile round trip hike that ends up with a really good view of the park to the south. The view is not all that different from others in the park. The only hard part is going up and mostly down the wood/log...More

Thank FifiBojangles
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I Was very nervous about this trail especially the ladder But it really wasn’t that bad. Going up was easier then going down. The views were amazing. I’m glad I did it

1  Thank Karin C
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Visiting the Badlands is like visiting another planet. We did the drive over from Keystone, which was a couple of hours but worth it. Notch Trail is short but takes you far enough in that you get a good view of the formations, makeup and...More

2  Thank bjm1271
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Notch Trail is near the northeast entrance so we hiked it in the morning before the June temperatures climbed. The trail is easy to find as it is marked by a sign at the end of a parking lot. For us, the sign made the...More

1  Thank Tricia or Paul B
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Reviewed 25 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

4  Thank TheSimpleTraveler
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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
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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
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Reviewed 5 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
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Reviewed 4 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

1  Thank 810kristink
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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
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