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Notch Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (49)

Earn some dramatic views from "the Notch", a vista found along a steep ledge atop this trail.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Point to Point

2,789' 850 m

High

2,651' 808 m

Low

144' 44 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views

Watch for drop offs. Not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Treacherous during or after heavy rains.

Description

After meandering through a small canyon, this trail climbs a ladder and follows a ledge to the Notch for a dramatic view of the White River Valley. The trail begins at the south end of the Door and Window parking area.

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Nicole Tarsan

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  4.6 from 49 votes

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  4.6 from 49 votes
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Photos

Looking down the wooden Ladder on Notch Trail
Apr 30, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
End of the line.
Mar 24, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
The beautiful prairie view seems particularly surreal when it opens up unexpectedly out of the Badlands landscape.
Jun 28, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Approaching the Notch. Photo courtesy the National Park Service.
Mar 10, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands National Park, Window Trail.
Sep 29, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
The view in the "notch" of Notch Trail. Photo courtesy the National Park Service.
Mar 10, 2016 near Kadoka, SD

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Jul 5, 2020
Sasha Kinkead
Jul 3, 2020
Michele W
Long hike, lots of fun climbing rocks!
Jun 28, 2020
Angela Guthrie
8h 00m
Jun 24, 2020
Tiffany Ott
Jun 21, 2020
Whit Travisano
Jun 20, 2020
Angie Marsh
Jun 12, 2020
Dennis Chan
1.2mi — 1h 00m
Jun 5, 2020
Nicole Brainard
It was a different type of experience and the ladder at the beginning/middle made this trail. Otherwise, it's a bit boring and the view isn't worth it 0.6mi