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Medicine Root Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (8)

A trip through the prairie with badlands and rock on flat, easy trail.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Point to Point

2,648' 807 m

High

2,588' 789 m

Low

63' 19 m

Up

68' 21 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Description

The Medicine Root Trail is a generally rolling trail connects with the Castle Trail near the Old Northeast Road and again at the intersection of the Castle and Saddle Pass Trail. Trail users are provided the opportunity to explore the mixed grass prairie while enjoying views of the Badlands in the distance. Watch for cactus and rattlesnakes. Continue on into the prairie and possible sightings of bison. This trail also turns to the south and passes along beds of rocks that were deposited by a glacial stream. The trail ends at the junction of the Castle Trail and the Saddle Pass Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, antelope, rattlesnakes, wildflowers in the spring.

Contacts

Shared By:

ktboundary Thompson

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 8 votes

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  3.5 from 8 votes
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#57

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#18,258

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Photos

Twilight along the Medicine Root Trail.
May 12, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
Medicine Root Trail - Badlands, SD.
Jun 7, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
View from the Medicine Root Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Along the Medicine Root Trail.
Sep 19, 2019 near Kadoka, SD
Along the Medicine Root Trail.
Sep 19, 2019 near Kadoka, SD
Intersection of the Castle Trail, Medicine Root Trail and Saddle Pass Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Kadoka, SD

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