Ma-ak-oti Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 152' 46 m
Descent: -151' -46 m
High: 1,698' 518 m
Low: 1,654' 504 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“This scenic loop is a birder's delight through upland grasslands and cottonwood forest along the Missouri River.”— Karen Ryberg
Ticks can be particularly bad in Cross Ranch State Park, particularly from April through June. To achieve heightened protection, tuck your pants into your socks, your shirt into your pants, and wear plenty of repellant.
When the trail loops back north, instead of going north, continue south on a connector trail approximately 0.2 miles to the Ma-ak-oti Trail Lower Loop. Take the east or runner's left side of the loop. When the trail loops back north, it will follow grasslands and offer fantastic wildlife viewing.
Follow the east side of the Ma-ak-oti Trail Lower Loop back to a connector trail, then onto the Ma-ak-oti Trail Upper Loop. Take the left or west side of the loop to continue through upland grasslands. When the Ma-ak-oti Trail Upper Loop ends at the connector trail, continue 0.1 mile to the Interpretive Trail back to the parking lot.
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Land Manager: North Dakota Parks and Rec