Two Ribbons Trail
ElevationAscent: 4' 1 m
Descent: -7' -2 m
High: 6,694' 2,040 m
Low: 6,689' 2,039 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
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“Short, interpretive boardwalk loop with a relaxing loop along the Madison River and through trees.”— Jake Bramante
The first one is a lovely trail along the beautiful Madison River. On the other side of the river, a broad, sagebrush meadow is backdropped by the mountains of the south end of the Gallatin Range. Waterfowl frequently fly and swim through these waters and Osprey and Bald Eagles are common. A few benches provide a place to sit and relax.
The second section travels through a young forest, providing an example of the effects of the 1988 burn and how the forest recovers from fires. This section is interesting for its interpretive value but, combined with the nearby traffic from the roads, is less interesting from an aesthetic standpoint.
All along the trail, interpretive signs tell you a bit about the natural world that you've stepped into.
This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visithike734.com for more expert Yellowstone content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.
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