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Notch Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (65)

Earn some dramatic views from "the Notch", a vista found along a steep ledge atop this trail.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

92%

Runnable

2,789' 850 m

High

2,651' 808 m

Low

144' 44 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views

Watch for drop offs. Not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Treacherous during or after heavy rains.

Description

After meandering through a small canyon, this trail climbs a ladder and follows a ledge to the Notch for a dramatic view of the White River Valley. The trail begins at the south end of the Door and Window parking area.

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Nicole Tarsan

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  4.6 from 65 votes

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  4.6 from 65 votes
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Photos

Looking down the wooden Ladder on Notch Trail
Apr 30, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Climbing Notch Trail
Aug 6, 2020 near Kadoka, SD
Hiking through "Mordor".
Jan 10, 2021 near Kadoka, SD
Approaching the Notch. Photo courtesy the National Park Service.
Mar 10, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands National Park, Window Trail.
Sep 29, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
The view in the "notch" of Notch Trail. Photo courtesy the National Park Service.
Mar 10, 2016 near Kadoka, SD

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