Thursday, July 10, 2008

Trail Journal: Purple Mountain

Trail: Purple Mountain
Date hiked: July 4, 2008
Distance: 6.8 miles round-trip
Elevation gain: 1500'
Time: 3 hours

This trail is listed as "moderate" in my guidebook, but I'd say its more grueling than that. The elevation gain is 1500' over a little over 3 miles, the last mile or so being extremely steep, gravelly switchbacks. Much of the trail looks like this:

Once you get up higher, the trees become fewer and it's possible to see quite far. At the top, you can see all the way to the Grand Tetons, and look down on rivers, geyser basins, mountains, and the ubiquitous loop road. At this point you can laugh at the people stuck in cars while you gaze down on them from over a thousand feet up - you've earned it.


muchadored said...

So gorgeous. What an amazing view.

thoughts said...

I am glad you are enjoying Yellowstone. I was there for a short time so only went to public places.. very crowded for me.. national parks should not be crowded.. but again yellowstone is a famous one!.. do go to The Faithful INN.. it is beautiful!! Enjoy!!

Lolly said...

Oh, perfect! this looks really amazing. This sounds like a great hike too - just long enough and hard enough to feel justified for sitting and knitting/reading all night :)

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