Jackpine Gulch

Ennis, Montana (Madison County)

Last Updated: 09/14/2021
3 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: 04/01 - 12/31
Length: 7.97 miles
Highest Elevation: 7900 feet
Duration: About 50 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Ennis
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ennis
Official Road Name: 1209
Management Agency: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
District: Ennis Field Office


Highlight: Jackpine Gulch
Jackpine Gulch Trail is located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the largest of the national forests in Montana covering 3.35 million acres. This road is less than an hours drive from Ennis or West Yellowstone, and just under 2 hours from Big Sky Montana. The trail begins down in the steep valley floor of the West Madison River Valley surrounded by rocky bluffs, tall trees, and a few slopes of tall grass swaying in the breeze. With the wind hopping through the trees above, you can hear the rumbling sound of the West Fork Madison River while you take in the stunning views of the rocky cliffs up high. Bring your friends and come hungry for the wild strawberries and raspberries that can found along this road.


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1. Trailhead 1209 Jackpine Gulch (0 mi)
This trail starts 6.3-miles south of Highway 287 on West Fork Madison Road, turn left here.

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. Continue on West Fork Madison for 6.4 miles and turn left on Jackpine Gulch. The trail starts and runs to the left here.



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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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