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Granite Creek Backpack

Highlights

  • Pristine, lush river valleys
  • Off-trail hiking to a stunning alpine ridge
  • Amazing BIG mountain views
  • Wonderful, rejuvenating solitude
  • Potential to see bears, moose, bighorn sheep & more
  • Camps near pristine mountain lakes and creeks
  • A soak in refreshing Granite Hot Springs

Description

If you're looking to pack a lot of fun into a short backpacking trip outside Jackson Hole, this one is a great choice! This 3-day trek features an amazing amount of hiking, scenery, and diversity. Like the Highline Traverse Backpack, this one is a fantastic early summer trip (July) and a fantastic one for wildflowers and wildlife. There is an abundance of deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, fox, wolves, bears, birds of prey and other wildlife in these mountains!
Originating a short 1-hour drive from Jackson, this trip takes us up pristine Granite Creek, where we'll enjoy constant views of the high country towering above us. We'll camp in the same camp both nights, where Granite Creek is just a stone's throw away. On day 2, conditions permitting, we'll hike to the crest of an alpine ridge for incredible views of Pyramid Peak (11,170 feet) and hike along one of the most beautiful ridges in the Gros Ventre mountain range. Our final day takes us back down Granite Creek, where we'll cap off the trip with a soak in rustic Granite Hot Springs (a developed hot springs facility).
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.


 

Jackson Hole Backpacking Photos

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Trailhead: 60 minutes
Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 950 feet


This Jackson Hole backpacking trip begins with a pick-up at your hotel (in Jackson Hole) and transport to the trailhead. Our hike takes us along Granite Creek, a fantastically majestic river flowing out of the Gros Ventre Mountain Range. We'll hike upstream along Granite Creek, which takes us in and out of forests and through wildflower-laden meadows. This valley has a large moose population so we'll keep our eyes peeled, and we'll also watch out for deer, elk, mountain goats, bears, bighorn sheep, a variety of raptors and wolves.

We'll set up camp at the edge of a meadow overlooking Granite Creek, and this will become our home for two nights. Once camp is arranged you'll have time to enjoy the immediate area by strolling through the meadows, snapping pictures of wildflowers, fishing, spotting for wildlife, or just relaxing. This evening we'll get a roaring campfire going and wolf down a hearty backcountry dinner as the fading light of the late, northern sunset dies out over the western horizon. What a place to be alive!


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,950 feet

Today is one for the photo albums! We'll get up early, have a quick breakfast and set out to take advantage of the daylight. Today's hike takes us off-trail to a high ridge for amazing views of Pyramid Peak (11,170 feet). The hike is steep and rugged but only requires carrying a day pack. Once at the top of the ridge, we'll soak up the views before hiking northwest along an alpine ridge. We'll be able to see all the way to the Tetons and beyond as we traverse this high ridge. Eventually we'll head back to camp, completing a grand day of hiking. We'll commemorate our hike with another big dinner and roaring campfire, before retiring for some much-deserved sleep.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Loss: 950 feet
Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 60 minutes


We'll enjoy a big breakfast and leisurely morning before breaking camp. Our hike takes us back down Granite Creek to our starting point. Once back at the trailhead, you'll have the choice to enjoy soak in Granite Hot Springs, which is a developed hot spring pool in one of the most beautiful settings you can imagine, while the guide gets the gear loaded. After your soak, we'll shuttle back to Jackson Hole for the conclusion of our journey.


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 Jackson Hole 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. Also, please be sure and pack a swimsuit and towel for our post-trip soak at Granite Hot Springs.

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)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and 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°