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Notch Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (73)

Earn some dramatic views from "the Notch", a vista found along a steep ledge atop this trail.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Point to Point

2,789' 850 m

High

2,651' 808 m

Low

144' 44 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views

Watch for drop offs. Not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Treacherous during or after heavy rains.

Description

After meandering through a small canyon, this trail climbs a ladder and follows a ledge to the Notch for a dramatic view of the White River Valley. The trail begins at the south end of the Door and Window parking area.

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Shared By:

Nicole Tarsan

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 73 votes

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  4.6 from 73 votes
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Photos

Looking down the wooden Ladder on Notch Trail
Apr 30, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
End of the line.
Mar 24, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
The view at the beginning of the trail.
Oct 18, 2021 near Kadoka, SD
Climbing Notch Trail
Aug 6, 2020 near Kadoka, SD
Hiking through "Mordor".
Jan 10, 2021 near Kadoka, SD
The beautiful prairie view seems particularly surreal when it opens up unexpectedly out of the Badlands landscape.
Jun 28, 2016 near Kadoka, SD

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Apr 25, 2022
Jill Shaddy-Gouvion
1.2mi
Oct 8, 2021
Austin Eschweiler
Oct 2, 2021
David Hitchcock
Great hike, Bighorn Sheep right off the trail, hiked in the morning and there was no one at the Notch. Great views to the South.
Sep 25, 2021
Richard Vogel
Sep 10, 2021
Erik Walsh
1.2mi — 0h 45m
Aug 14, 2021
Casey Koeser
Aug 3, 2021
Michelle Armiger
0.6mi
Aug 2, 2021
Jennifer Spicher
2mi