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Up Between the Hills

This was a good hike that went up one of the hills. It was slippery, at times, because of the dirt... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Coldwater, Michigan
A nice hike

The trail is nice and hike is a bit hard, If you're a bit out of shape, you may want to skip this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bob J
Cranston, Rhode Island
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Hiking trail that leads through the Badlands Wall and takes about a hour.
Badlands National Park, SD
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Reviewed 11 June 2002

Saddle Pass (Badlands, SD) My 7 yr old daughter and I just came back from SD. We stopped frequently throughout the Badlands National Park to take pics, but we ended up spending time at Saddle Pass. We hung out in a ravine that was off...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 4 September 2017

My husband and I who are seniors were here with our 12 year old granddaughter. We really wanted to hike this trail. My granddaughter is an experienced hiker and was hopping from rock to rock on Door Trail. But Saddle Pass Trail got the best...More

3  Thank big Brother h
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All reviews medicine root loose gravel steep climb flip flops short hike fun hike quarter mile coming down parking lot gorgeous views on the rocks mid day take your time bring water castle trail uphill
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a good hike that went up one of the hills. It was slippery, at times, because of the dirt on the rocks. It met up with the Castle Trail on the other side of the hill. It was a fun hike, but take...More

Thank bairslair
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trail is nice and hike is a bit hard, If you're a bit out of shape, you may want to skip this, but if you decide to take this hike, then take your time. It's another beautiful area of the park.

Thank Bob J
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

The start of this trail is a hefty climb, when you get to the top, before the trail enters the prairie, there is a massive peak that can be climbed. It's a difficult climb, but offers some of the best views around. We loved it...More

Thank sporty1823
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

We went with 9 and 10 year old kids. It took us about 2 hours round trip after all the picture taking. It’s a great little hike involving some work, the trail links up with the castle trail at the top of the hill. Going...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

This is a short hike but it is uphill all the way. Once you get to the top the view is amazing. The hike will probably take about an hour round trip. There is loose soil so going down is the hard part.

Thank jstock2431
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Very picturesque! the entire park is a must see! take plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen especially if you visiting mid day! just a wonderful spot!

Thank laronac
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

If you are short on time and looking for some interesting views, this is a good choice. The uphill portion is really not that difficult. He toughest part is really coming back down, as there are some areas of loose rock. We had actually accessed...More

Thank Bden99
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Saddle Pass Trail is the only one in the park that I would consider strenuous. Even then it's only a 1/4 mile in length so you should totally do it anyway. From the parking lot there a a couple of stretches up steep hills. After...More

Thank Raygun99
Reviewed 3 July 2018

This was an amazing view as we drove out of the park. We got some final pics and like other overlooks, we saw a different and amazing view.

Thank TravelersFromFishers
Reviewed 7 June 2018

We did this hike last year (end of June 2017) during our vacation to South Dakota. When we drove up to this portion of the drive on the loop, we decided to stop. I am so glad we did. The hike itself was a little...More

1  Thank melissajennings0000
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Allison L
2 April 2018|
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Response from CJO0501 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we brought our infant (carrying) 5,8,10-year-old here. The path is a little bit strenuous and if it is rainy or snowy it will be slippery but we had fun and mud washes off. My kids had a blast looking at the rocks and... More
Deanna J
22 August 2017|
Response from John S |
We went with two adults and a 9 and 10 year old. It took us probably about 2 hours round trip...but we dilly dallied with pictures and took our time.