Refuge Point Cross Country Ski

Fantastic, cold snow cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Madison Earthquake River Canyon Area.

Length: 4.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

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Location: In Gallatin NF, N of Earthquake Lake on SR 287.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Gallatin
Longitude: -111.42593
Latitude: 44.8309

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Refuge Point gets its name from the 1959 earthquake. There was a landslide at the Madison River Canyon that caused people to go up to the ridge, which is the trail’s namesake.

When snowshoeing along the trail, you can read more about the 1959 earthquake and stop by the Visitor Center, which is conveniently located right down the road from the Refuge Point trailhead. The Visitor Center is open from June to October.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Snow or ice
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 6,500
Elevation High Point: 6,500
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

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Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Jonathan Kempff
Gallatin National Forest
10 East Babcock
Bozeman , MT 59715
(406) 587-6732

Trail management:
Ron Naber
US Forest Service
PO Box 520
West Yellowstone , MT 59758
(406) 823-6961



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