Madison River Trail

Madison County, Montana

Elevation Gain104ft
Trailhead Elevation4,943ft
Elevation Min/Max4937/5033ft
Elevation Start/End4943/4943ft

Madison River Trail

Madison River Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Montana. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 4,943 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 104 feet.

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Fly Fishing Montana (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)
Brian & Jenny Grossenbacher
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"Upon exiting the park, the Madison River enters the 13-mile Hebgen Lake which offers anglers a shot at the infamous gulpers—large cruising trout that readily feed on dry flies with a gluttonous, audible gulp. The Madison then thunders out of Hebgen Lake in a two-mile dash before it flows into Quake Lake. As its name implies, Quake Lake was formed during a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in 1959. A mountain collapsed dropping 80 million tons of rubble on the Madison River and adjacent campground, tragically killing 26 people. Types of Fish: Brown and Rainbow Trout, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping." Read more
"This 90-mile drive skirts the folds, crinkles, and arêtes of the high Madison Range and the sparkling waters of the Madison River and nearby lakes. Enjoy this fly-fisher’s paradise, or take a 28-mile side trip and relive Montana’s gold rush in Virginia City, a restored ghost town. Special attractions: Missouri Headwaters State Park, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Virginia City, Nevada City, Madison River, Quake Lake, Hebgen Lake; camping, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more." Read more

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Trail Information

Madison County
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Local Contacts
Montana DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Local Maps

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Dec 2018