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Saddle Pass Trail

Badlands National Park, SD
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Fun but difficult climb

Do not do in sandle/flip flops etc. Good shoes are needed. Climb is awesome. Very steep incline... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jonathan F
Tough climb

The ranger said this was a steep climb and she was right. Part of a longer hike we took. This got... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2017
Leander, Texas
via mobile
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Hiking trail that leads through the Badlands Wall and takes about a hour.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“loose gravel” (6 reviews)
“steep climb” (5 reviews)
Badlands National Park, SD
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not do in sandle/flip flops etc. Good shoes are needed. Climb is awesome. Very steep incline. Lots of lose gravel. Harder coming down than going up. Lots of people just slid down on their bottoms. Gorgeous views going up. Follow blue marker sticks. Bring...More

Thank Jonathan F
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

The ranger said this was a steep climb and she was right. Part of a longer hike we took. This got us access to Castle and Medicine Root Trails. By itself Saddle Pass is not too much, nice views from too.

Thank wacotom
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We walked a very short part of the trail, then turned back. The short part we did was very steep and exciting because we were getting so high on the rocks in a just few steps . But the surface of the trail was loose...More

Thank LisaMNUSA
Reviewed 27 May 2017

We hiked a portion of the Saddle Pass trail that took us to a very high, narrow peak for a great view! The trail was very narrow and steep in parts with lots of loose gravel. I was a bit nervous at times because of...More

Thank LouLou324
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Although Saddle Pass Trail is short, about 0.5 mile round trip, it is the most strenuous hike at Badlands National Park due to its steepness, rapidly changes in elevation, loose footings, slippery ground, and heat. It is especially unbearable in the summer months. Therefore, it...More

Thank IheartZephyr
Reviewed 10 January 2017

I did the hike up Saddle Pass, then came back down. The hike was more impressive than the view to me. Being up close to the Badlands formations was a unique aspect of the hike and the formations vary from Notch trail. The view at...More

1  Thank Chris N
Reviewed 30 September 2016

As you stand there in awe of this beautiful view, you realize that there are still some parts of this country that are spectacular! The experience will transport you to a different time!

Thank mariannep933
Reviewed 24 September 2016

A short hike up the Badlands Wall, winding up to connect with the Castle and Medicine Root Trails. Gorgeous views from the entire trail. Well worth it.

Thank DLewis60
Reviewed 20 September 2016

We had just enough time to do one hike (plus the Loop Road Drive), so after talking with some rangers and checking out the trail maps, we decided on Saddle Pass. We're so glad we did! It wasn't quite a straight up shot, but it...More

Thank TravelingRock13
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We "hiked" Saddle Pass and then continued to where the Medicine Root and Castle trails intersect. The trip up is a lot of fun, basically climbing boulders to the top. The trip down is a bit more tricky as there is a lot of lose...More

Thank Er K
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