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Castle Trail

 4.6 (7)

Length


5.3 Miles 8.5 Kilometers


140' 43 m

Ascent

-117' -36 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

2,673' 815 m

High

2,605' 794 m

Low

Conditions


Unknown

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The longest trail in the park with great views, badlands and level trail.

ktboundary Thompson

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Description

This is the longest trail in the park that begins at the Door and Window parking area and travels five miles one way to the Fossil Exhibit Trail.

Relatively level, the path passes along some badlands formations that both tower above you and drop away below you. Most of the trail is on flat prairie, but does occasionally wander into badlands topography where the trail is hard to follow. Looking ahead and surmising the path of least resistance will help to find the other side of the trail.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, rattlesnakes, bighorn sheep, antelope, prairie flowers in the spring.

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Check-Ins

Aug 8, 2018
Kathleen Emerson
2mi
Jul 9, 2018
Paul Gormisky
Jul 1, 2018
Dan Cole
May 29, 2018
Robert Post
Great hike. Mostly flat. Pretty well marked if you look forward. Extra mileage accounts for some off trail exploring!! 5.7mi
Aug 11, 2017
Ryan Riessen
We only did the eastern 3rd. Fun trail 2mi
Aug 2, 2017
Rebecca Wood
Didn't finish but was beautiful. 4.1mi
Jun 28, 2017
Jenn DeBeers
Jun 7, 2017
Jordan Roque

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 7 votes

#3833

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  4.6 from 7 votes
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#12

in South Dakota

#3,833

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