West Fork Madison

Cameron, Montana (Madison County)

Last Updated: 06/11/2022
4 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Highlight: West Fork Madison
West Fork Madison is located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the largest of the national forests in Montana covering 3.35 million acres. This trail is less than an hours drive from Ennis or West Yellowstone, and just under 2 hours from Big Sky Montana. This trail takes you alongside the Madison River until Waypoint 6. The road turns and follows the West Fork Madison River to the end of the trail for the next 8 miles through hills, forest, and surrounding mountain views. If looking for a campsite near the river, this is the trail to check out. The views are stunning. Willows line the river and stream banks, turning yellow and gold before the trees in mid to late August, the first reminder that fall is just around the corner. The river tumble can be heard almost everywhere along this trail. Wild raspberries and strawberries are scattered through the trail and wildflowers are everywhere. The trail is pretty popular, so be ready for the occasional traffic.

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Waypoints

1. West Fork Madison 209 Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts on a picturesque crossing of Madison river. Designated parking and rest area with bathrooms are nearby. Cross the bridge and continue straight.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ennis, Montana

Head south on Highway 287 for 33 miles to the Lyons Bridge and West Fork rest area and turn right/ south. The trail starts just past the rest area and over the Madison River Bridge.

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Cory W

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Montana

Cory grew up traveling the logging roads outside Durango, CO with his dad for his woodcutting business and fell in love with everything about the outdoors. He's moved around a lot since then, from several rural areas of Southern California to Montana, Wyoming to Arizona, even living on a commercial gold mine in Nevada in for several years. In all these areas he has explored several thousand miles of old dirt roads and trails, as well as many old mines and ghost towns. Located in the Mohave Desert of AZ in the winter and the Madison River Valley of MT in the summer.
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