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Boulder Lake - Green River Lakes

Highlights

  • Adventurous point-to-point hiking
  • 50+ miles through the Wind River Range
  • The headwaters of the Green River
  • Rejuvenating solitude and scenery
  • Camps near pristine mountain lakes and streams

Description

This hike is an epic Wind River adventure and our longest and most demanding trip in Wyoming (see a video produced by one of our guests)!. It's also a thru-hike, as we hike point to point across approximately half the length of the range. It encompasses all that the mountains of Wyoming have to offer: incredible views of the Continental Divide, pristine campsites along the shores of lakes and streams, alpine hiking, a possible peak ascent, opportunities to fish for those with gear, and an overall authentic wilderness experience.
Our journey begins in Jackson Hole, where we pick you up at your hotel for a shuttle to the trailhead, which is approximately two hours. We enter the wilderness at Boulder Lake, hiking quickly into the high country of the Winds. The rest of the trip takes us up and over high passes, down into valleys, across alpine plateaus, and along the edge of the massive peaks of the Continental Divide. We hike through the headwaters of the Green River (which after 730 miles joins the Colorado River in Utah), and down to Green River Lakes for the completion of our trek.
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.


 

Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Trailhead: 2 hours
Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1900 feet


Our first day begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We'll soak up the Wyoming landscapes on our drive to the trailhead, which takes us west through the Wind River and Hoback River valleys, then along the western edge of the Wind River Range. Once at the trailhead, our thru-hike begins!

We'll head upstream along Boulder Creek, through open meadows and past a chain of lakes including Dogway Lake and Eds Lake. We gain a significant amount of elevation today (nearly 2000 feet) and by the end of the day we're very near treeline. We'll make camp on the shores of Lake Christina, a beautiful high mountain lake surrounded by meadows and open forests. We'll settle around a campfire and enjoy a big dinner before turning in.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1500 feet
Elevation Loss: 300 feet

After a hearty breakfast we'll hit the trail again, which today takes us up and over our first alpine pass. Initially we'll continue through more meadows and open forests, and past several more mountain lakes, before we approach treeline. Then as the trees shrink and disappear, we'll be hit with some of our first fantastic views. We'll be hiking below North Fork Peak (13,175 feet), a towering monolith, as we approach Hat Pass (10,848 feet). From the top of the pass our views will stretch from the peaks of the Continental Divide to the Tetons far in the distance. We'll relax at the pass - weather permitting - and enjoy a big lunch before descending into Fall Creek drainage, where we'll camp for the night.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1300 feet
Elevation Loss: 800 feet


We'll rise to the prospects of another exciting day in the mountains, as Day 3 is going to take us through more breathtaking high country with tremendous views of the Continental Divide. With Angel Peak (12,402 feet) framing the view to our east, we'll climb up over 11,000 feet and stay high much of the day. It's a day full of mesmerizing views and incredible photo opportunities. We'll eventually drop into the Pole Creek drainage and camp on the shores of Tommy Lake that evening, which sits well over 10,000 feet and will give us a phenomenal view of the sunset. Another tasty dinner around a campfire will top today off before we settle down for some much-deserved sleep.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 2+ miles
Elevation Gain: varies


Today is a layover day to enjoy where we are, allow our muscles and joints to recuperate, and possibley (for very strong, ambitious groups) attempt to summit a nearby peak for more incredible views. At the very least we'll enjoy a short hike to explore an obscure pocket of the Wind River Range, eat like kings and queens, do some fishing (for those who brought gear), and get some much deserved rest.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Elevation Loss: 750 feet


Today's hike takes us below Mount Lester, and from there across alpine tundra and boulderfields. We'll stay above treeline most of today, with views of massive peaks - FremontPeak (13,745 feet) and Jackson Peak (13,517 feet) - dominating our view to the east. We'll also get our first glimpses of Squaretop Mountain in the distance, which is one of the most distinct mountains in the Wind River Range, and it marks our exit point near Green River Lakes.


Day 6

Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Elevation Loss: 3050 feet


Today is a truly special day as we'll be hiking through the headwaters of the Green River, which exits the Wind River Range and flows 730 miles southwest where it combines with the might Colorado River in Utah. The Green River is the most significant tributary to the Colorado, both of whose waters flow through the Grand Canyon and into Southern California.

We'll get an early start due to our long mileage (10 miles). Our day begins with more alpine hiking as we ascend to Shannon Pass (11,200 feet), which sits below Stroud Peak (12,720 feet) and Mount Oeneis (12,232 feet). We'll drop down from Shannon Pass, then go over another pass - Vista Pass - which offers our first views into the Green River Valley. We'll drop into the Green River and follow it downstream, past many side creeks, to our camp at a large open meadow along the Green River.


Day 7

Hiking Mileage: 9 miles
Elevation Loss: 100 feet
Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 2 hours


On our last day we'll continue downstream along the Green River, with Squaretop Mountain framing our view to the west. We'll come to the picturesque Green River Lakes, and follow their shores to our trailhead. Then it's a 2-hour shuttle back to Jackson Hole and the conclusion of this amazing trip.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Wind River hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming to the trailhead and back
  • Bear safety equipment including bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You'll meet your hiking guide and group at predetermined hotel in Jackson, Wyoming for an orientation meeting at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. The next morning we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead. For private trips, you also have the option to originate your trip in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, discounted lodging and more.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on backpacking trips is 5 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 10 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis
  • specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather Around Yellowstone

Being a Northern mountain environment, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Wyoming's mountains. On trips in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you're likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures around Yellowstone:
     
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
High
Low
 
June
70°
42°
 
July
80°
47°
 
August
78°
45°
 
September
68°
37°