Matah and Interpretive Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 71' 22 m
Descent: -72' -22 m
High: 1,687' 514 m
Low: 1,655' 504 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“Enjoy a pleasant loop through the cottonwood forest at Cross Ranch State Park.”— Karen Ryberg
Family Friendly This hike's flat grades, manageable length, and opportunities for wildlife-viewing make it a great option for the whole family.
Continue onto the Matah Trail, which also follows the Missouri River, before turning left (west) and eventually wrapping around to the south. Continue south through the cottonwood forest, eventually meeting back up with the Interpretive Trail.
Enjoy a few more steps along the scenic Interpretive Trail before it ends on the north side of the visitor center. Follow the gravel road around the buildings to the parking lot.
In years with little snow, this is a nice hike in the winter as it is well sheltered from the wind by the forest and the higher land to the west. When there is sufficient snow, this is a groomed cross-country ski trail.
Land Manager: Bismarck Parks and Recreation District
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