Loading...

Distance:
1.3 Miles / 2.1 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Moderate
Time to Hike:
~39 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Badlands National Park
Town:
Interior, South Dakota
Directions:
43.760269, -101.928215
Added:
October 08, 2015
Updated:
June 06, 2018
Loading...
Loading...
109 '

Total Change
139 '

Ascent
141 '

Descent

The Notch Trail at Badlands National Park in Interior, South Dakota is a moderate 1.3 mile out-and-back hike and is one of the best hiking trails in the Badlands. The trail requires a 20 foot ladder climb and a hike along a 40 foot ledge dropoff, so if you're afraid of heights, this hike may not be for you. However, if heights are not a problem, or you're up for a challenge with awesome views, this hike is for you.

The trail starts off flat and you hike through strange rock pillars on the way to the ledges. Once you reach the ladder and the main set of ledges, climb the ladder and continue along the trail. From here, the trail snakes along the same ledges you just climbed up until you pass into another valley between more massive rock pillars to either side of you. Continue along the trail until you reach a dead-end and cliff area with an expansive view of the rest of the Badlands and parts of South Dakota.

This is by far one of the best hiking trails at the Badlands and is well worth a visit if you're driving through the park. Also be sure to check out the short, but neat, Door Trail since that trailhead is in the same parking lot as the Notch Trail.

Camping: camping is technically allowed in most place in the Badlands; however, make sure to check the Badlands National Park's website before pitching a tent along this trail.

Explore 1 trail near Interior, SD
  1. Parking

    43.760269, -101.928215
  2. Main Trailhead

    43.760123, -101.928088
No community routes found. To add your own hike as a Community Route for this Trail guide, leave a Trip Report with an attached GPX file.

Season

Fall

Photo Albums

1 Trip Report

No Star-Ratings
Write-up by:
Admin user profile picture
1.3 miles / 2.1 km
Trail added
October 08, 2015
Hiked on
October 08, 2015
Updated on
June 06, 2018

Weather Forecast

In Interior, SD

Explore Hiking Trails

New Hikes

Peachtree Rock and Waterfall Hike
1 Mile
1.6 km
Moderate
Out-and-Back
Raven Rocks via Appalachian Trail
5.1 Miles
8.2 km
Strenuous
Out-and-Back
Cottonwood Falls Loop
1.2 Miles
1.9 km
Moderate
Loop
Cold Run Waterfalls & Vista Loop
3.1 Miles
5 km
Moderate
Loop

Before you leave...

MyHikes is an indie web platform aimed to make exploring public trails easier for everyone. The site has no investors and is owned and operated by one person, Dave Miller (Founder & Admin). As the Founder, main contributor, and doer-of-all-things for MyHikes, I share my trips with over-detailed write-ups for fun on a volunteer basis and I believe that public trail information should be available to everyone.

It takes a lot of time 🕦, money 💰, and effort (including espresso shots ☕) to run MyHikes, including hiking , mapping , writing , and publishing new trails with high-quality content... along with building new features, moderating, site maintainance, and app development for iOS and Android . I simply ask that if you find MyHikes' trail guides helpful to please consider becoming a Supporter to help keep the site, iOS, and Android apps available to everyone.

Supporters unlock website and in-app perks with a one-time payment of $25 (you renew) 😎👍. Or you can simply make a Donation of your choice without a MyHikes user account. Otherwise, telling your friends about MyHikes is the next-best thing - both quick and free 🎉

Thanks for visiting MyHikes and have a great hike!️

Admin user profile picture

Dave Miller
MyHikes Founder & Admin