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Notch Trail

Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Loved this hike but ladder is hard for shorter person

My 12 year old son and I did this hike and had a fabulous time. It took about an hour total and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
candy0730
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bourbonnais, IL
A Giant Playground to Explore!

This was a great trail! The ladder can be a little intimidating, but my 6 and 9 year old climbed up... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
diaq
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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Scenic hiking trail that takes about an hour.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“log ladder” (40 reviews)
“fun hike” (20 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 29 reviews
"fun hike"
in 20 reviews
"short hike"
in 19 reviews
"coming down"
in 8 reviews
"the cliff"
in 12 reviews
"drop offs"
in 8 reviews
"bring water"
in 14 reviews
"sturdy shoes"
in 6 reviews
"hiking boots"
in 9 reviews
"a lot of fun"
in 9 reviews
"favorite hike"
in 6 reviews
"miles round trip"
in 5 reviews
"gets hot"
in 4 reviews
"moderate hike"
in 3 reviews
"loose gravel"
in 6 reviews
"turn around"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My 12 year old son and I did this hike and had a fabulous time. It took about an hour total and the view at the top was lovely. There is no shade on this hike so early or late in the day is the...More

Thank candy0730
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a great trail! The ladder can be a little intimidating, but my 6 and 9 year old climbed up and down with no problem. When you reach the top, you do walk along a ledge that does get narrow at some points. Once...More

Thank diaq
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our family selected this trail as it was supposed to be one of the best. It did not disappoint. The start of the hike is flat and easy and then you have to ladder climb up part of the trail. If you or someone with...More

Thank JD P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't sure that I would be able to navigate Notch Trail as I had heard stories about how difficult it would be for a short person, such as myself, to climb the ladder to access the trail. I'm happy to report that, at 5'3",...More

Thank BethFred
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike was much easier than I expected although you want to make sure to have water and apply sunblock as a precaution. There is plenty of parking at the beginning of the trail and the only issue we had was at the ladder. There...More

1  Thank rgilpin99
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We as a family decided to do the Notch Trail while on our visit to Badlands Park. The initial part of the trail is clearly marked and easy to navigate. The rope ladder is a little intense and steep. My fear of heights was in...More

Thank ElaineB6509
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Door, Notch and Window trails all share the same parking lot and a latrine is available. The whole area was pretty crowded and the trails are loosely marked because you can wander around anywhere in the immediate area. It provides a short walk to...More

Thank Heather S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As others mention, the ladder involved in this trail is trickier going down than it is coming up, but if you’re up for a quick adventure this is a great trail! The sign estimates 1.5 hours but it took us just under an hour, 10-15...More

Thank Lauren S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did Notch Trail with our 13 and 11 year old. The ladder climb was fine going up for the kids. The 11 year old took it pretty slow going down with some assistance. The trail gives you a little of everything. A ladder climb,...More

Thank TravelersFromFishers
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a day in the Badlands in May. Took a few hikes and notch trail was one of them. Interesting hike thru the canyons and then to the stairway. Wooden ladder up the cliff and more trail above the canyon. Not for the faint...More

4  Thank 757deb
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