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Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail

Northwestern Great Plains, North Dakota

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Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail

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  • Access to the trail from Magpie Campground.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Trail leading out of Magpie Campground.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Trail from Magpie Campground joining with the Maah Daah Hey Trail.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Views from the Maah Daah Hey Trail heading south.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Magpie Trailhead looking north toward Magpie Campground.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Road crossing to access the trail from the trailhead parking lot.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • The trail heading south across from the trailhead parking lot. Shortly after hitting the trail you will go through the gate you see pictured.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Maah Daah Hey Trail (MDHT) mileage signs with the MDH turtle.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Lead plant (Amorpha canescens).- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Views from the trail.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Views from the Maah Daah Hey Trail.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • As you approach this gate, the trail runs parallel to a gravel road.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • At this gate, you cross the road.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • The trail continuing after you cross the road. It can be hard to spot, but it's just to the left of the gate. Look for the wooden MDHT posts.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Passing an oil rig.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Joining up with a road for a moment. Don't miss the trail jutting off to the left.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Mile marker 101 gives you a teasing view of Devils Pass.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • View from mile marker 101.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Another road you're on for a moment. Again, don't miss the trail veering off here.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • False sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides).- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • View of Devils Pass.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • View of the badlands from Devils Pass.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • View of the badlands from Devils Pass.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • View of Devils Pass from the south looking north.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • View of Devils Pass from the south looking north.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Devils Pass signpost.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Follow the trail left to avoid dead-ending at the pond.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Take the trail left.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Prairie rose (Rosa arkansana).- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Crossing a road on the way back after passing an oil rig, the trail continues just left of the power box.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • A wooded area.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Views returning from Devils Pass.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Views returning from Devils Pass.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • More beautiful views looking north.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Looking north to the trailhead.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Magpie Camp directional sign at the junction of the MDHT and the Magpie Camp Trail.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Coming back into Magpie Campground.- Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • - Devils Pass via the Maah Daah Hey Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Isolated.
Cons: 
Oil Rigs. Ticks. Hard to find.
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Region:
Northwestern Great Plains, ND
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,347.00 ft (410.57 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
10.32 mi (16.61 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,238.00 ft (682.14 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Devils Pass is a 9-mile round-trip hike through the badlands from the Magpie road trailhead. From the Magpie Campground it becomes a 10-mile round-trip hike. The trail follows the Maah Daah Hey Trail (MDHT) and gives you beautiful views of the badlands and a variety of terrain. Besides the landscape you may see some wildlife, including deer, antelope, and coyote. You could even come across prints and animal scat from a mountain lion. In the spring and summer there are a variety of wildflowers including the prairie rose, North Dakota’s state flower, and a false sunflower, among others. Devils Pass may look tame when it is dry, but it can be very deadly when wet, turning the hard dirt into a slippery clay.

From the trailhead parking lot, the trail is easy to find. Cross the gravel road and you will see the trail heading south. If you begin from Magpie Campground, follow the road to the back of the campground where there is a cattle guard. Cross the cattle guard, and you will see a trail to the right. Follow this trail for a quarter-mile where it joins with the MDHT. Take this trail south (right) until you reach the trailhead parking area (another quarter mile) and keep hiking south.

The trail is fairly easy to navigate as it follows the 144-mile MDHT that is marked by wooden posts with a turtle. If there is ever a moment when you aren’t sure where the trail continues, look for these posts. They are spaced in such a way that if you are standing at one post, you are able to see the next one. Sometimes they like to blend in with the landscape. 

There isn’t very much water along the trail, and it can be very hot with direct sun in the summer, so be sure to bring plenty of water with you. You will pass two watering ponds, which are used for cattle and horses. Bring a water filter if you plan on using these. They are the only water sources and are not very dependable.

Be cautious of mountain bikers and horseback riders. The MDHT is open to both, in addition to hikers. Please follow basic trail etiquette when encountering others on the trail. Make sure to close any gates behind you as you pass through.

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