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green Medicine Root Loop

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2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 63' 19 m
Descent: -68' -21 m
High: 2,648' 807 m
Low: 2,588' 789 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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

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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.

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Sep 25, 2018
Adrianna Carey
Sep 18, 2018
Michael Telisak
Sep 3, 2018
Kim Decker
Sep 12, 2017
Shelly Kuhl
Jul 15, 2016
Josh Browning
Jul 13, 2016
Chris McCloud
Did as part of 2 day stay at Badlands NP, 7/13-7/14/16.
Jun 5, 2016
Michelle Sudbury Bennett
4.62 miles. Good hike, not too strenuous. 360 view of Badlands 4mi — 1h 33m
Jul 16, 2003
Paul Morelli

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in South Dakota

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