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Rankin Ridge

photo: Rankin Ridge - Fire tower - 7-16-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Length: 1.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Wind Cave Nat. Park on US 385 between Hot Springs and Pringle.
State(s): South Dakota
Counties: Custer
Longitude: -103.48596
Latitude: 43.62285

Driving Directions

In north section of park near Hwy 87. From I 90 at Rapid City exit onto US 79 south, for 50 miles to US 80. TR onto US 385 North, through Hot Springs to the park.

Description

Climbs through ponderosa pine forest to Rankin Ridge Fire Tower which offers 360 panoramic view of Black Hills and surrounding plains. Self guiding booklets available.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1982

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Rankin Ridge Nature Trail Guide

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Jim Taylor
Park Superintendent
Wind Cave National Park
RR1, Box 190
Hot Springs , SD 57747
(605) 745-4600

 

Photos

Rankin Ridge - Western side of the loop - 7-16-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Rankin Ridge - Western side of the loop - 7-16-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Rankin Ridge - Fire tower - 7-16-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Rankin Ridge - Fire tower - 7-16-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

 

Rankin Ridge - View from western side of the loop - 7-16-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Rankin Ridge - View from western side of the loop - 7-16-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Rankin Ridge - View from fire tower - 7-16-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Rankin Ridge - View from fire tower - 7-16-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

 

View from Rankin Ridge fire tower. Photo by NPS.

View from Rankin Ridge fire tower. Photo by NPS.

Rankin Ridge Fire Tower. Photo by NPS.

Rankin Ridge Fire Tower. Photo by NPS.

Reviews

Rankin Ridge - 7-16-18

Rankin Ridge is a short, well groomed loop trail at Wind Cave National Park. The trail climbs up to a ridge with a fire tower. The climb is pretty easy, maybe 300 feet in 1/2 mile. The views are nice, especially from the ridge (the fire tower is not open for access). I suspect these views are as good as it gets in this area.

November 9, 2018

 

 

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