Hills and Views Loop
ElevationAscent: 357' 109 m
Descent: -370' -113 m
High: 1,907' 581 m
Low: 1,680' 512 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“This loop accesses the best views in the park and the best hill climbs.”— Karen Ryberg
Once at the top of the bluff, continue west along the southern edge of the partially reconstructed infantry post, where one could make a side trip to the blockhouses. The trail will take one to a trailhead sign to the south of the parking lot at the infantry post. The area near this sign has a fantastic view of the Missouri River to the south.
From here, continue west on a Connector Trail to a trail junction, turn left (south) and continue on Bloody Knife's Loop. This trail winds through woody draws down the bluffs to the Missouri River valley. At the southwestern corner of the park, continue looping to the east (left) on Bloody Knife's Loop East. This trail goes past the partially reconstructed cavalry post, which includes George Armstrong Custer's residence.
Eventually, the Bloody Knife's Loop East meets back up with Bloody Knife's Loop, and one continues on this trail back to the trailhead that is south of the infantry post parking lot. At the trailhead, continue east on the Young Hawk Interpretive Trail, which winds down another hill to a trailhead where the trail meets the paved, non-motorized trail. Turn left and continue on this trail a short distance to the starting point.
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Land Manager: North Dakota Parks and Rec