East Bison Flats Trail

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

Elevation Gain770ft
Trailhead Elevation4,196ft
Elevation Min/Max3893/4235ft
Elevation Start/End4196/4196ft

East Bison Flats Trail

East Bison Flats Trail is a hiking trail in Custer County, South Dakota. It is within Wind Cave National Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 4,196 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 770 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Wind Cave Canyon Trail.

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Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"A prairie hike where wildlife is at times abundant."

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Located at the Southern extreme of the park the East Bison Flats Trail lives up to its name. It is a fantastic place to view bison, particularily large herds of calving females in the Spring. This end of the park tends to stay busier than the Northern end but there is plenty of peaceful space along the praire. This trail connects to the Wind Cave Canyon trail and could be hiked as a "one-way" if a car was left at Gobbler Pass and another left at the Wind Cave Canyon trailhead. No matter how you hike it your odds of seeing bison, antelope, elk, and other praire animals is fairly good. The Spring and early Summer blesses this area with numerous wildflowers as well. Beware of thunderstorms in the Spring as they tend to sneak up on the Black Hills region with short-notice.

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