North Country Trail: Sheyenne National Grasslands Middle Section
ElevationAscent: 93' 28 m
Descent: -91' -28 m
High: 1,090' 332 m
Low: 1,063' 324 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
“A beautiful hike through rolling grassland hills and hardwood forests.”— Matthew Davis
The NCT crosses a doubletrack road heading northwest, and it passes by numerous wetlands (look for rare western prairie fringed orchids). It passes just to the west of a solar panel-powered stock watering tank, passes through a fence, and then crosses the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. Look for trains before crossing.
North of the railroad tracks, the NCT continues heading north along a fenceline before turning east through a hardwood tree plantation, crossing an open prairie and then another tree plantation. The NCT swings southeast then turns, heading east-northeast. Look to the north and you can see some taller sand dune hills.
Next, the trail passes through some small aspen groves, crosses some fences, and then passes by some old ghost cottonwood trees before reaching Hwy 53. The trailhead parking is located on the east side of the road and can be accessed by a short spur trail.
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Land Manager: USFS - Sheyenne National Grassland