Castle Trail and Medicine Root Loop

Rapid City, South Dakota

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Wonderful photo opportunities await as this trail wanders through the grasslands, offering views of the jagged Wall formations. The trail is a flat, easy walk along a narrow dirt path through the grassland area just north of the Castle Trail. As one walks along this plateau, grasslands sweep to the north while the jagged Wall formations rise to the south. Other formations range from short, flat, sod-covered “tables” to lofty spires. The area surrounding the trail is covered with cactus. Grasses hide desert wildflowers.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

Wonderful photo opportunities await as this trail wanders through the grasslands, offering views of the jagged Wall formations. The trail is a flat, easy walk along a narrow dirt path through the grassland area just north of the Castle Trail.

As one walks along this plateau, grasslands sweep to the north while the jagged Wall formations rise to the south. Other formations range from short, flat, sod-covered “tables” to lofty spires. The area surrounding the trail is covered with cactus. Grasses hide desert wildflowers.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rapid City
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Badlands National Park
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Topo Map No. 239, 1:55,000 scale; Department of the Interior Geological Survey topographic map (metric) 43101-F8-PM-050
Driving Directions: Directions to Castle Trail and Medicine Root Loop

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