Thing to Do

Purple Mountain Trail

Bare ground trail leading through a pine forest.

You climb 1,500 feet (0.47 km) in 3 miles (4.8 km) to a panoramic view of the Gibbon and Madison rivers.

Safety notes: This strenuous trail is not recommended for persons with heart and/or respiratory problems.

Trailheads: Look for the trailhead at a turnout about ¼-mile (0.4 km) north of Madison Junction.

This is a 6-mile (9.6-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Strenuous hike
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the western part of the park, with the trailhead just east of Madison Junction.
Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Any Time

Yellowstone National Park

Bare ground trail heads up through a conifer forest.
Start of Purple Mountain Trail

NPS/Diane Renkin

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Last updated: June 28, 2018