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Trail

1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 214' 65 m
Descent: -215' -66 m
High: 4,980' 1,518 m
Low: 4,765' 1,452 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Hunter R

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

Hunter R

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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Oct 24, 2018
Birgit Moeller
Aug 30, 2018
Kevin Kuk
Clear day
Aug 16, 2018
Miranda Yee
Jul 7, 2018
Vaniece Allen
100°
Jun 18, 2018
Liz Johnson
Jun 10, 2018
Amy Kortisses
May 26, 2018
Stella Winston
Solo hike to figure out what to do about California. Lots of poop, great views, still don’t know what to do.
May 19, 2018
Dakota Santiago
could absolutely be done in way less time I just stopped to take pictures a lot and tried to climb the fire tower-- it's locked at the top :(. very… 1mi

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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in South Dakota

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