Rankin Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Custer County, South Dakota. It is within Wind Cave National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 4,760 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 623 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. Along the trail there is an observation tower.
Rankin Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Black Hills are a hiker’s delight. Contained in these 6,000 square miles of unglaciated valleys and hills are more than 500 miles of trails that do great things. For one, they take you to splendid fishing. For another, they weave among incredible scenery sculpted by time in accordance with some of the nation’s most provocative geological mandates. What all this results in is variety—something for everyone.A short interpretive loop trail that ascends through ponderosa pine, providing vistas of Wind Cave National Park and its immense surroundings."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
"A trail wandering through ponderosa-pine forest, providing vistas of the park and its immense surroundings. The trail provides a delightful climb up Rankin Ridge, offering sweeping views of the park and beyond. From the ridge the view suggests immense geological phenomena to the east. Red Valley cuts a spectacular swath through the foreground while the Hog Back Ridge, with its Bison Gap, suggests a ring engulfing the Black Hills. The White River Badlands, once a part of the Black Hills, shimmer in the distance."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
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