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Location: At Wind Cave Nat. Park on US 385 between Hot Springs and Pringle.
State(s): South Dakota
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.
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.
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 DocumentsDocument: Rankin Ridge Nature Trail Guide
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Wind Cave National Park
RR1, Box 190
Hot Springs, SD 57747
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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