Badlands National Park -- Notch Trail (5-3-11) - dwhike
Notch Trail

Badlands National Park -- Notch Trail (5-3-11)

The Notch Trail is a short mile-long path that leads into some striking formations typical of the eastern portion of Badlands National Park. The trailhead is located only a mile or two north of the Ben Reifel Visitors Center. It goes without saying that this is a unique environment and the Notch Trail offered a shock to my visual senses unlike anything I'd experienced since my trip west in 2008. This was an amazing hike, one that words have difficulty explaining so I'll let the pictures do the talking for me...


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  43.760250, -101.928193


Route Type:  Out-and-back

Hike Length:  2.0 miles              Hike Duration:  1:15

Trailhead Temp:  68'F

Min. Elevation:  2,600'                Max. Elevation:  2,750'

Total Vertical Gain:  150'           Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  75'