Upper Madison Valley Trail, Yellowstone National Park

West Yellowstone, Montana

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The Upper Madison Valley Trail, although easily accessible, sees few winter visitors. The trail rewards skiers with views into three states and four mountain ranges, and travelers here may see herds of bison and elk. The 14-mile trail is quite challenging—not because of elevation changes but because route-finding skills are necessary to complete the trail. Additionally, several creek crossings require skiers to remove skis and jump over narrow creeks or, at wider creeks, to remove boots and cross barefoot in 2 feet of ice water. Some spots might have downed trees to use as bridges. An over-the-snow vehicle shuttle is required for the pick-up at trail’s end. Surface quality: Skier-packed.
Winter Trails: Montana

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Winter Trails: Montana

by Jean Arthur (The Globe Pequot Press)

The Upper Madison Valley Trail, although easily accessible, sees few winter visitors. The trail rewards skiers with views into three states and four mountain ranges, and travelers here may see herds of bison and elk.

The 14-mile trail is quite challenging—not because of elevation changes but because route-finding skills are necessary to complete the trail. Additionally, several creek crossings require skiers to remove skis and jump over narrow creeks or, at wider creeks, to remove boots and cross barefoot in 2 feet of ice water. Some spots might have downed trees to use as bridges. An over-the-snow vehicle shuttle is required for the pick-up at trail’s end. Surface quality: Skier-packed.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: West Yellowstone
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 6,600 feet
Top Elevation: 6,820 feet
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park; Avalanche advisory (406)-646-7912
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Madison Valley Trail, Yellowstone National Park

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