Purple Mountain Trail - Hike near Madison, Yellowstone National Park
Purple Mountain, Wyoming 82190, USA,Madison,Wyoming
44.64667982141888, -110.85522259924221
Address: Purple Mountain, Wyoming 82190, USA
GPS: 44°38'48.0"N 110°51'18.8"W
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State: Wyoming
Trails/Routes: 6.1 mi

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Purple Mountain Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail to the peak of purple mountain. This is a beautifully forested trail with little foot traffic is a quiet respite from the crowds of Yellowstone.

The trailhead is located just east of Madison Campground, and a quarter mile north of Madison Junction. Purple Mountain Trail has a steady incline. Hikers climb 1,500 feet in three miles. This steady incline makes Purple Mountain Trail a challenging hike.

At the beginning of the hike the trail is heavily forested. Purple mountain trail is quiet, allowing hikers to connect with nature as they climb. As the trail ascends the trees thin giving hikers more views of the valley. From the top of the trail hikers can view the Madison and Gibbon rivers. The panoramic view available from the top of the trail is one you don’t want to miss.

Purple Mountain Trail is only open during the summer and fall months due to heavy snow in the winter and spring.

This hike is an exciting adventure to add to any visit to Yellowstone National Park. Visitors who camp at Madison Campground will enjoy the proximity to Purple Mountain Trail. The peak of Purple Mountain is an exciting destination for your hiking bucket list.

2.0K Written by tasiawhicker

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Madison, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Head north toward US-191 N/US-287 N/Hwy 20 W (210 ft)
  2. Turn right onto US-191 S/US-287 S/Hwy 20 E
    Toll road
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (0.1 mi)
  3. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto US-89 N
    Partial toll road
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (0.2 mi)
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