Purple Mountain Trail

MODERATE 18 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 best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2542 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

hiking
2 days ago

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.

3 days ago

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

7 days ago

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
8 days ago

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
26 days ago

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.

30 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
6 months 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.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday, September 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!

Monday, September 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!

Sunday, September 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
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Great trail. Great overlook.

hiking
Saturday, June 21, 2014

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

hiking
Friday, January 25, 2013

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 29, 2012

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.