Boland Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Custer County, South Dakota. It is within Wind Cave National Park. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 3,732 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,014 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Boland Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A one-way trek over Boland Ridge, terminating at the Park boundary fence. This loop option is a relatively flat, natural-history trail, meandering through the tallgrass prairie.Throughout, the trail offers scenic vistas of the Black Hills. The final miles pass over a forest trail. The hike begins on a tallgrass prairie plateau that offers panoramic views.As the trail proceeds counterclockwise, it parallels Rankin Ridge and is separated by about a mile from the Red Valley to the east. In places the trail is faint and markers aresometimes infrequent. Be sure your travels proceed in a southeasterly direction. Sharp-tailed grouse are abundant in the high grasslands, and more than one hiker has been unnerved by the flurry of wings that suddenly erupts as feet and birdalmost collide."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
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