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Wind Cave Canyon Trail

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1.9 mile 3.0 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 5' 1 m
Descent: -203' -62 m
High: 4,015' 1,224 m
Low: 3,815' 1,163 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Trail shared by Jessie Evans

A very easy and picturesque trail!

Jessie Evans

Features Birding · Wildlife

Runner Notes

No obstacles and low grades make this an easy trail for beginners.

Description

This trail is easily accessed from 385, where a small dirt parking lot exists just east of the road. The Highland Creek Trail and the East Bison Flats Trail both intersect this trail, as well if you feel like running more than 1.5 miles.

Though this trail is more of a dirt fire road, some of the trail markers in the area are confusing. The trailhead talks about the East Bison Flats Trail, which branches to the southwest about .4 miles in, however, the sign and various markers along the way denote that the Wind Cave Canyon Trail continues this direction as well.. It's easy to wander around for a while on unmarked hills before going back down. The trail is just the road, disregard the other markers.

The trail ends at the border of the park.

Flora & Fauna

Sandstone cliffs are marked with many swallow nests. Overall, this is a great birdwatching area (owls, hawks, turkeys), and lots of bison inhabit the area as well.

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Sandstone cliffs in the canyon.
May 11, 2016 near Hot Spr…, SD
Swallow nests.
May 11, 2016 near Hot Spr…, SD

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