Kate's Walk on the Maah Daah Hey Trail
ElevationAscent: 473' 144 m
Descent: -473' -144 m
High: 2,695' 822 m
Low: 2,478' 755 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A nice run to introduce people to the Maah Daah Hey Trail; not too rugged but with spectacular views of rugged badlands.”— Karen Ryberg
Cross to the north side of the road and proceed on the Maah Daah Hey Trail. The trail goes up to the top of a hill that is one of the highest spots on the Maah Daah Hey Trail, providing views of the badlands, the Killdeer Mountains 20 miles to the east (not actual mountains, but a unique western North Dakota landform), and grasslands filled with wildflowers in May-July.
The trail then goes down a woody draw that has a series of beaver dams holding water to create a unique wetland environment not common to the badlands. The trail follows this draw downstream, eventually crossing the intermittent stream, then going back up a grassy knoll with more views of the badlands to the northwest. Continue on through rolling grassland to the junction of the Maah Daah Hey Trail with the Cottonwood Trail. Turn back here and return to the start for a run that is 5 miles roundtrip.
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Land Manager: USFS - Dakota Prairie Grasslands