Refuge Point Snowshoe/Ski Trail - West Yellowstone

Refuge Point was a vital meeting place after the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake. This ridge provided a place of protection during the night of August 17 for many survivors of the the earthquake. Campers were trapped between Hebgen Dam and the massive rock slide. The next morning Forest Service smoke jumpers parachuted to this point and set up rescue operations. Ghost Village is the remains of Halford Camp. The cabins associated with the camp were lifted up by the rising water of Earthquake Lake and displaced after the lake level dropped.

There is a marked cutoff (Smokejumper's Cutoff) to shorten the loop. Rolling hills and good views of Earthquake Lake, Ghost Village and the Madison Range make this loop trail an enjoyable trip.

Length: 2.3 miles of marked but not groomed loop trail

Area Map: Gallatin National Forest Visitor Map

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Phone: 406-823-6961
Fax: 406-823-6990

Refuge Point Snowshoe/Ski Trail is located 23 miles northwest of West Yellowstone, Montana. Parking is available off of Highway 287.


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Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Nature Area, Sightseeing, Snowshoeing, Winter Sport