Purple Mountain Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Purple Mountain Trail is a 6.5 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 best used from May until September.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,129 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

Nice trail - about 1.5 in snow got too deep for us - wish we had our snow shoes with us.

8 months ago

It was amazing, the views at the top were spectacular we went on a clear day and you could see the Tetons.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike with a steady incline going up. The pine trees at the bottom were very vocal which was unexpected. There is not much to see on the way up but when you summit you get amazing views of Yellowstone. Me and my wife only saw one other couple during the entire hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Very easy trail , not a lot to see but it’s a great quiet trail if you want to get away from the crowds. Only saw 4 people the whole hike.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Fun trail not too challenging. Great view of the valley and Tetons out in the distance (70 miles to the south). If you are staying in West Yellowstone it is a short 30 minute drive compared to an hour and a half or two hour drive to some of the better trails. As others have said it is narrow in spots and there is not too much to see until you are at the top. Make sure you go just past the summit to see the views.

hiking
11 months ago

Good hike. Beautiful views of the Valley at the top.

hiking
11 months ago

Great Trail. Not a whole lot of views until you get to the top but there are a few. The grade is shallow the whole way up. Did it in under three hours.

hiking
11 months ago

Sentier en lacets qui grimpe à flan de montagnes, au milieu des arbres. Belle vue panoramique une fois au sommet, avec vue sur la vallée et au loin sur quelques fumées émanant de geysers. Par temps dégagé nous avons pu apercevoir le Teton Range.

hiking
muddy
snow
Tue May 21 2019

Decent trail up to a nice view. Mainly switchbacks going up into the trees until you get to a clearing with a view of the area with Old Faithful spewing. All the way at the end of the trail, there was heavy snow. There was a few feet of snow at least. It was a good trail to start our week in Yellowstone but nothing incredible.

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

We hiked this trail. At the start the trail is a normal path. As you get up in elevation out of the regular woods the path becomes dryer and more pitched like the side of the mountain. At times the path is 12" wide. We passed 6 people the entire hike. It was quiet with some nice views. The view from the top was beautiful. we stopped and stared out into the park from above, just myself and my wife to share the view and create a memory. No obstacles to climb over, just a pretty consisntent clinb all the way up. Loved it.

hiking
Wed Jul 25 2018

partially shaded trail through tall pines as you make your way up the mountain. not much visibility til you get towards the top, but the peak is pretty. the long switchback made the grade more manageable. not sure I would put this on my list again. There's several other hikes in yellowstone with more to see.

hiking
Tue Jun 12 2018

Not very scenic, but a good hike

Sun May 27 2018

Went up 5/24 - steady incline that leads to beautiful views at the end. Dense trees and like others said, not much in the terms of wildlife!

Tue May 22 2018

Waste of precious time. Way too many other awesome hikes and places to see than this. Hiking uphill in a forest with minimal Views and zero wildlife. Have no idea why this hike is suggested other than it’s close to the campground.

Sat May 19 2018

slight elevation all the way to the top. went out on 5/18 and there was a ranger doing trail maintenance. you can make it all the way to the top. last 200m has snow but there are several tracks. keep hiking past all the snow and there are dry spots with beautiful views to have your snack/lunch.

hiking
Sun Jun 25 2017

Really fun!!! Constant grade the whole way up. Lots of forest but the peak gives amazing views. Don't forget your bells, bear spray, and bug spray.

Fri Jun 23 2017

Loved it! Good, challenging hike! Beautiful view at the top!

Tue Jun 20 2017

Beautiful views at the top. The hike is straight through the forest. It started drizzling on us and then thunder came that sounded like a bear growling... My wife was having a heart attack for most of the home at the thought of bears :) it was fun after we had finished it

hiking
Mon Jun 19 2017

This was a great hike to get away from the swarms of parking lot people. On a Saturday we saw two other people on the trail. It is steep and the switchbacks have some gravel/scree texture, so if you've got kids or people unsure of footing, it might not be your hike. Views are spectacular, and a worthy payoff for the punishment. Wouldn't worry too much about wildlife, as we didn't come across any water sources and the trees are relatively dense. Decent cover through the whole hike, though bug spray is a must. Pros - No crowds, fantastic view Cons - Steep and long, forest getting to the top isn't much to look at Note - Hiked 1st week of June, 2017, was entirely clear of snow while Washburn and other higher hikes were completely impassable

hiking
Thu Jun 01 2017

hell of a first hike at yellowstone. There was still fresh snow on the ground in the shady areas and the snow became very deep at the top. could have used snow shoes. Lost the trail at the top and had to abandon before finding a good outlook/stopping point. But the views along the way up were so breathtaking.

Sun May 28 2017

Great 3h hike close to the West entrance right past the Madison junction. You can park in the pullout across the trailhead. Don't let the 2000ft of elevation scare you, it's really steady, no steep sections. Great views of the park after mile 1.2. Little to no wildlife on the trail but you might see bison in the prairie across the road.

Mon May 22 2017

Nice hike and beautiful view at the top. We ran into a little snow and the hiking poles were good to have.

hiking
Mon Dec 19 2016

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.

Mon Sep 14 2015

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

Mon Sep 14 2015

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!

Sun Sep 06 2015

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.

hiking
Sun May 24 2015

Great trail. Great overlook.

hiking
Thu Aug 07 2014

Like others have said, the views are only worthwhile at the peak. The rest of the hike is a steady uphill with well designed switchbacks and limited visibility. Well worth it for the unique view of the park.

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