Snowshoe Trip To Refuge Point

Madison River on Refuge Point Snowshoe Trail

Madison River on Refuge Point Snowshoe Trail. Click for larger version.

There’s definitely not a shortage of snow in West Yellowstone this winter and that means some beautiful snowshoe trips are possible. These are some shots from a recent trek on the Refuge Point snowshoe trail a few miles outside of West Yellowstone near Beaver Creek.

Some quick tips if you do this:

Wear Warm Gloves

Bison Fiber Gloves on a Montana snowshoe trip

Bison Fiber Gloves on a Montana snowshoe trip.

I wore my my bison fiber gloves and they were ideal in the 20 degree weather. I do think if it were around 0 or below, I’d need to put an outer glove on and use these as an insert. The gloves got wet from the snow, but the nice thing about buffalo fiber is you can wring it out and put them back on.

Bring A Camera That Lets You Stitch Photos
There are wide vistas on this trip and one picture isn’t enough to capture it all. Most of the newer digital cameras now have “stitch” mode where you can take two or more shots and then combine them into one picture. Be sure to do this. All of the wide shots in this post are two or three photos stitched together.

Snow Pants Are Vital
When I did this last year I wore jeans that immediately became wet, and then very cold. Snow pants keep you dry and warm – the North Face ones I got from REI are probably the best purchase I’ve made recently.

Snow Shoes
I know there are better ones, but if you are an occasional snowshoer, the ones from Costco are at a good price and work just fine.

David Barnes snowshoeing on the Refuge Point trail.

David Barnes snowshoeing on the Refuge Point trail.

Refuge Point Snowshoe Trail near West Yellowstone, Montana.

Refuge Point Snowshoe Trail near West Yellowstone, Montana. Click for larger version.

Snowshoe Tracks and view of the Gallatin National Forest in winter.

Snowshoe Tracks and view of the Gallatin National Forest in winter. Click for larger version.

Snowshoe Trekkers on the Refuge Point Trail.

Snowshoe Trekkers on the Refuge Point Trail. Click for larger version.

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  1. Love this post. I am right there with you. Time is going too fast, and I’m determined to savor this ciomng holiday season with my family. I want to build memories that will last and spend some seriously quality time with lots of snuggling, crafts, cooking/baking, reading and playing. I wouldn’t let Kade do a Christmas play this year in an effort to slow down our nights/family time so we can enjoy it together. You’re photos are so peaceful. xo, Jess

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