Talkington Trail

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Route
Location:
North Dakota, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hiking
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall
Time Required:
Half a day
Difficulty:
Hike

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Talkington Trail
Created On: Oct 3, 2016
Last Edited On: Oct 27, 2017

Overview

Talkington is a 7.9 mile long trail in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It connects Rim Trail to Jones Creek Trail. The park’s main road crosses the trail dividing it into the 3.8 mile long Upper Talkington Trail to the east of the road and the 4.1 mile long Lower Talkington Trail to the west.

Getting There

Talkington Trailhead is well marked on the park main road to the northeast of Buck Hill.




As I was approaching park’s road from Upper Talkington Trail, I lost the trail. You can see my wanderings on the park road. The black line shows the correct path.

Route Description

Place
Elevation
Distance
Jct. with Rim Trail
2800 ft
zero miles
Park Rd.
2440 ft
3.80 miles
Jct. Jones Creek Trail
2380 ft
4.10 miles
Total One Way
-
7.90 miles




This is a description of Talkington Trail from its junction with Rim Trail to the junction with Jones Creek Trail.

At the junction with Rim Trail, you are standing on a flat plateau. To the east, you can only see typical flat Midwestern terrain. To the west, the ground drops 200 feet and badlands suddenly start.

From the junction with Rim TrailFrom the junction with Rim Trail


Upper Talkington Trail begins by going down the slopes.

Hiking down into the badlandsDescending into badlands


Badland hills.

Upper Talkington Trail
Upper Talkington Trail


A plain that is home to a prairie dog town opens up.

Big Prairie Dog Town
Upper Talkington Trail

Prairie DogsPrairie Dogs


Bison and wild horses.

BisonBison
Wild HorsesWild Horses


The trail continues west on the badlands.

Upper Talkington Trail
Upper Talkington Trail
Upper Talkington Trail
Upper Talkington Trail
Upper Talkington Trail
Upper Talkington Trail


This formation reminded me of Colorado’s Wilson Peak.

Wilson Peak?Looks like Wilson Peak to me


Near the park road, I lost the trail, see map above. The trail reaches the road where you walk a very short distance right (north) to reach the signed trailhead for Lower Talkington.
Start of Lower Talkington.

Lower Talkington Trail
Lower Talkington Trail


Further into the trail.

Lower Talkington Trail


The trail goes into a valley to reach the junction with Badlands Spur Trail.

Near junction with Badlands Spur Trail


It then climbs out of the valley into an area of white colored hills before ending at the junction with Jones Creek Trail.

Lower Talkington Trail
Lower Talkington Trail
Lower Talkington Trail
Lower Talkington Trail
Lower Talkington Trail
Near junction with Jones Creek Trail








Talkington Trail

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