Purple Mountain Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Purple Mountain Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September.

6.7 miles 2542 feet Out & Back





nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Madison Junction: Travel a 1/4 mile north on the Madison-Norris road, limited parking.

1 month ago

A realitively easy hike I did in mid-Sept with a few steeper sections. An out & back switchback trail that is easy to follow. Actual hiking time out and back took me 3 hrs. Views at top are fantastic looking toward Old Faithful in the distance and the Teton's further. Windy at top so feels much colder, especially if you stop for picnic lunch like I did.

4 months ago

8 months ago

1 year ago

Great hike! Trail is a little narrow and loose at times, but nice vertical last 1/3 and the view is totally worth it!

1 year ago

Great tougher beginner hike. 3.7 (I think) so about a 8 mile round trip. Last third has some more vertical terrain. The lookout view is totally worth it!

1 year ago

It's a steady zig zag walk to the top. We did as our last hike in the park. Took less than 2.5hrs up and downs. There were no bears on the day and it was really windy on the top. View is okay on the top but before there's not much too see.

1 year ago

Great trail. Great overlook.

2 years ago

Great afternoon hike with a steady incline that is not too killer to the top. The great views at the top are worth it.

3 years ago

This was a great warm up trail to help some friends and I get acclimated to the high elevation and thin air of Wyoming. The 1,560 ft. elevation climb in just 3 miles was challenging and rewarding. The summit offers a great viewpoint of the junction of the Madison, Gibbon and Firehole Rivers.

4 years ago

3 miles to the top with about 1700 foot elevation gain. Great view of the Gibbon River Valley to the South from the top and the Geyser fields further south. Excellent choice for campers staying at Madison Junction looking for excercise without driving far. Trailhead 1/4 mile east on north side of highway from Madison Junction of the Grand Loop Highway.