Badlands National Park -- Badlands (Sage Creek) Wilderness Area (5-4 to 5-5-11)
During this two day, six mile overnight hike our group traveled some of the least trodden ground in all of Badlands National Park. Setting off from Sage Creek Primitive Campground, near the parks west end, we headed south along the South Branch of Sage Creek, crossed a high, rocky tableland, then descended to Sage Creek itself where we made camp before heading back west the next day. Though lacking the dramatic scenery the Badlands is most well known for, the stark, un-tracked beauty of this area quickly cast its spell on me. Wildlife and signs of wildlife were everywhere, the mark of man was nowhere, and the open prairies and hills beckoned us to create an adventure of our own choosing, which we most happily did...
'Trailhead' GPS Coordinates: 43.893325, -102.414102
Route Type: Overnight Loop Difficulty: MODERATE (Petzoldt Rating: 6.30)
Hike Length: 5.5 miles Trailhead Temp: 45'F
Min. Elevation: 2,500' Max. Elevation: 2,750'
Total Vertical Gain: 400' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 73'
Gueston February 10, 2013