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Castle Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

5.3 mile 8.5 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 140' 43 m
Descent: -117' -36 m
High: 2,673' 815 m
Low: 2,605' 794 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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The longest trail in the park with great views, badlands and level trail.

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Runner Notes

Can be very hot with no water. Watch for rattlesnakes and bison. The trail can also be very slippery when wet. Be vigilant for thunderstorms.

Description

This is the longest trail in the park that begins at the Door and Window parking area and travels five miles one way to the Fossil Exhibit Trail.

Relatively level, the path passes along some badlands formations that both tower above you and drop away below you. Most of the trail is on flat prairie, but does occasionally wander into badlands topography where the trail is hard to follow. Looking ahead and surmising the path of least resistance will help to find the other side of the trail.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, rattlesnakes, bighorn sheep, antelope, prairie flowers in the spring.

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Nov 19, 2019
Joel Coquyt
Jul 15, 2019
Alden Roth
only ran a section of this trail, from the fossil exhibit to the dirt road that this trail crosses, and then ran on the road down to Cedar Pass Lod… 4mi — 0h 40m

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#6

in South Dakota

#413

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Badlands National Park
May 12, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
Storm clouds on the Castle Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands Solitude
May 12, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
There are deer in the Badlands.
May 12, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands along Castle Trail
May 12, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands Castle Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Kadoka, SD

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