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Notch Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (68)

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

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 68 votes

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  4.6 from 68 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
Climbing Notch Trail
Aug 6, 2020 near Kadoka, SD
Hiking through "Mordor".
Jan 10, 2021 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

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Jun 8, 2021
Alex Shehab
0.6mi
May 31, 2021
Liz Rogers
Best hike! Great place to see birds 1.2mi
May 28, 2021
Sarah Stemper
Summer 2019
May 8, 2021
Emilie Kitt
beautiful views 0.6mi
Apr 17, 2021
Bob Caperton
Fantastic hike! — 2h 30m
Mar 24, 2021
Mike Rose
Mar 17, 2021
Emily May
Lots of snow and sludge!
Dec 23, 2020
Josh Hull