National Parks Marathon Project - Wind Cave National Park

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24.1 Miles 38.8 Kilometers

 

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Runnable

70%

Singletrack

1,887' 575 m

Ascent

-1,917' -584 m

Descent

4,543' 1,385 m

High

3,826' 1,166 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

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A run with bison, prairie dogs, grassland, and forest - more than just a cave!

Bill Sycalik

Overview

Go and take the cave tour. You must. It is sixth largest cave system in the world. However, to really see the park get out on the trails. Cliffs, prairie dog towns, bison, grasslands and forest will all be seen on this run.
Features: Cave — Views — Wildlife

Need to Know

Watch for bison. Give them a wide berth. It is wise to carry a handheld GPS with the course entered. Bison can knock down trail markers. Also, game/bison trails can be in better shape than the actual running trail and some intersections can be confusing.

Description

Starting from the Centennial Trailhead, run south down Route 385. Connect with the Wind Cave Canyon Trail to Highland Creek Trail. From here, run on park road (dirt) 5 to Route 87 (briefly), before connecting to the Sanctuary Trail to Centennial Trail back to the trailhead. The trails are decently marked but a handheld GPS is a good idea.

Flora & Fauna

Bison! Pronghorn! (Come on now, where else can you run through a pronghorn herd?) Prairie dogs. Beautiful scenery.

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