Long X to Maah Daah Hey Loop
ElevationAscent: 967' 295 m
Descent: -967' -295 m
High: 2,565' 782 m
Low: 1,950' 594 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A secluded loop with river valley and prairie vistas.”— ktboundary Thompson
One drawback is the cattle on the Long X trail, which also causes there to be several different trails that can make trail identification difficult.
Once on top, pass through a gate and try to follow the trail generally to the south. A few gates in barbed wire fences will be crossed and the trail is often part of the ranch two track road, but can be done like a singletrack. The herd of cattle may be in the way, and will need to be skirted around. Cross open prairie and a few treed sections before coming to the junction with the Maah Daah Hey at another fence crossing.
Follow the turtle Maah Daah Hey sign posts, with the trail on the slanted side of the marker. Go through another gate and head down a steep, switchbacking trail over some badlands formations before reaching the junction with the Summit Trail.
Again, follow the Maah Daah Hey trail past a water trough and downhill through trees and open areas. Cross another stream and climb the other side passing along the edge of a hill before coming to s bridge across a small seasonal stream.
Head up and wind along, following the turtle signs until you reach a minor junction. This junction is just an alternate trail into the campground. Head left and back towards the gate and the starting point.
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Land Manager: USFS - Dakota Prairie Grasslands