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Rankin Ridge Trail

Easy/Intermediate
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Fantastic views of Wind Cave National Park await those who climb Rankin Ridge.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Loop

4,980' 1,518 m

High

4,765' 1,452 m

Low

214' 65 m

Up

215' 66 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy the views atop Lookout Tower.

Description

Make sure to bring your camera along for the wonderful photo opportunities to be had atop Rankin Ridge.

Starting at the Rankin Ridge Trail Parking Area, head east along the trail, climbing moderately through patchy coniferous forests to the ridge-top. Atop the ridge, climb to the Lookout Tower Overlook for stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

After taking in your fantastic surroundings, climb down from the tower and continue along, descending moderate grades back into the forest until reaching the trail's end near the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

For an in-depth look into the natural history, flora, and fauna of this area, check out the Rankin Ridge Nature Guide, also available at the trailhead.

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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#26

in South Dakota

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Looking east from Rankin Ridge Trail
Dec 3, 2018 near Pringle, SD
Bison seen near the Rankin Ridge Trailhead
Dec 26, 2018 near Pringle, SD

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Oct 20, 2021
Keri Chipman
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Aug 12, 2021
Brett Wolfley
Jul 4, 2021
Marianna Rogers
Loop to a Lookout Tower Overlook. 1mi — 0h 25m
Jun 16, 2021
Private User
Jun 1, 2021
M S
May 29, 2021
Arielle Burnett
Beautiful loop! The lookouts are breathtaking! — 0h 30m
Oct 11, 2020
Anne Cowles
Jun 9, 2020
Kacper Pawlaczyk
13h 40m