Triple Tree Trail
ElevationAscent: 906' 276 m
Descent: -906' -276 m
High: 5,915' 1,803 m
Low: 5,212' 1,589 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A lovely, easy to moderate, 5.6 mile lollipop loop that's close to town and has excellent views.”— Amber Scott
The initial portion of the trail is quite open and exposed making this a very hot run in the summer. Limestone Creek is a good source of water for dogs, but be sure to bring plenty of water for yourself!
At right about 1.0 mile, there's a junction where the Painted Hills Connector Trail intersects the Triple Tree Trail from the north. The Painted Hills Connector Trail, which connects to the Painted Hills Trail, makes it possible to run the Triple Tree Trail from town. It'd be a fairly long adventure, but it's always fun to take trails from town all the way to the mountains.
Stay on the Triple Tree Trail, turning 90 degrees to the south, heading over a little hill and straight for the foothills of Mount Ellis. From there, the trail climbs steadily, switchbacking up to the highest point of the loop. The lollipop loop portion of the trail is easy to follow in either direction—going counterclockwise is a gentler climb and a steeper descent while clockwise is a bit steeper on the climb and more moderate on the downhill. But the difference is fairly negligible.
Clearings along the way, and especially at the top offer sweeping views of the entire Gallatin Valley. There's even a bench at the highest point of the trail that's perfect for taking a break and enjoying the view of the farmlands, town, and mountains. During spring and summer, these meadows are full of wildflowers.
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Land Manager: The Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Nov 4, 2019: GVLT Adopts New 3-Year Strategic Plan
Oct 25, 2019: Path to the the M and Drinking Horse Now Open