Refuge Point was a vital meeting place after the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake. This ridge provided a place of protection during the night of August 17 for many survivors of the the earthquake. Campers were trapped between Hebgen Dam and the massive rock slide. The next morning Forest Service smoke jumpers parachuted to this point and set up rescue operations. Ghost Village is the remains of Halford Camp. The cabins associated with the camp were lifted up by the rising water of Earthquake Lake and displaced after the lake level dropped.
There is a marked cutoff (Smokejumper's Cutoff) to shorten the loop. Rolling hills and good views of Earthquake Lake, Ghost Village and the Madison Range make this loop trail an enjoyable trip.
Length: 2.3 miles of marked but not groomed loop trail
Area Map: Gallatin National Forest Visitor Map