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Lower Paddock Creek Trail

Intermediate

Trail

3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 165' 50 m
Descent: -94' -29 m
High: 2,341' 714 m
Low: 2,271' 692 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

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A pleasant trail along the valley of Paddock Creek.

Karen Ryberg

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Take the paved Park road to the Peaceful Valley Ranch area and turn right onto a gravel road. Continue to the end of the road where you'll find a parking area. The trail begins by going through a prairie dog town and continues to the southeast 3.6 miles to the paved Park road.

Running this direction is going upstream in the Paddock Creek watershed, so it is a gradual uphill with many undulations as you cross the (usually dry) tributary drainages. The trail crosses Paddock Creek several times, so check at the Park's Visitors Center regarding conditions. There may be water in the creek in the spring or after rainstorms.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, white-tailed deer, wild horses, and wildflowers.

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Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt

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#17

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#17

in South Unit

#56

in North Dakota

#17,599

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459 Since Sep 9, 2015
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Fall colors and bison along the trail in September.
Nov 11, 2015 near Medora, ND
A cloudy day brings a new atmosphere to the Lower Paddock Creek Trail.
May 25, 2017 near Medora, ND

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