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Notch Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (77)

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 77 votes

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  4.6 from 77 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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Check-Ins

Oct 3, 2022
Zoey Franzen
1.6mi — 1h 08m
Jul 30, 2022
Shannon Watry
Jun 26, 2022
Ben Andrus
Cohen, Dex, and I. Fun ladder, and cool view from the top 1.5mi — 1h 00m
Jun 12, 2022
Natalie Williamson
Sun reflects on the rock, make sure to wear sunscreen!
Jun 8, 2022
Cindy Ballard
Jun 5, 2022
Leah Walsh
0.6mi — 1h 00m
Jun 4, 2022
Christopher Lee
Apr 25, 2022
Jill Shaddy-Gouvion
1.2mi