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Quake Lake Visitor's Center

By coolsen - Posted on 12 January 2018

Check in at this site

  • Site # 9
  • GPS Coordinates: N44.83095 W111.42579
  • Elevation: 6390 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 121
  • Benchmark Coordinates: C9 Montana
  • Ride Difficulty: 1


It was near midnight on August 17th, 1959 when an earthquake near the Madison River triggered a massive landslide.  The slide moved at 100 mph and in less than 1 minute, over 80 million tons of rock crashed into the narrow canyon, blocking the Madison River and forming Earthquake Lake.  This earth-changing event, known as the Hebgen Lake Earthquake, measured 7.5 on the Richter scale.   At the time, it was the second largest earthquake to occur in the lower 48 states in the 20th century.  Twenty-eight people lost their lives in the event.  In 1967, the Forest Service’s Earthquake Lake Visitor Center opened its doors for the first season of operation.  Today, the center provides interpretive services for more than 50,000 visitors annually.  The natural attractions and the easily seen effects of the strongest earthquake in the Rocky mountains has made this area one of the outstanding scenic and geological study areas in the west.  The Earthquake Lake Visitor Center is located 27 miles northwest of West Yellowstone, Montana on US Highway 287.  It is 44 miles south of Ennis, MT and 99 miles southwest of Bozeman, MT.

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 Impressive what happened!

Posted by Cuprum Hermit on 2018-07-09 07:49

Photo taken on August 11.

Posted by coolsen on 2018-08-21 10:24

 Quaking experience.

Posted by AGHill on 2018-11-27 11:55

 I was living near Three Forks MT when this happened. Woke everybody up. 

Posted by CBMMA1969 on 2018-12-21 13:15