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Highline Traverse Backpack

Highlights

  • Pristine valleys and breathtaking alpine ridges
  • Loop hike with spectacular views
  • Potential to see bears, moose, bighorn sheep & more
  • Wonderful rejuvenating solitude
  • Camps near pristine mountain lakes and creeks
  • One of the most vivid night skies you've ever seen
  • A soak in refreshing Granite Hot Springs

Description

The Highline Traverse Backpack features some of the best mountain scenery and outdoor adventure Wyoming has to offer! This is also a fantastic early summer trip (second of half of June and July) and a fantastic one for wildlife and wildflowers. Opportunities to see deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, fox, wolves, bears, raptors and other animals abound!
Starting in Jackson Hole, we'll shuttle to our trailhead and and starting hiking up a series of pristine creeks and rivers. We'll camp on the shores of remote mountain lakes, cross stunning meadows covered in wildflowers, explore alpine country with phenomenal views, and finally end our trip at an established hot springs pool. To top it all off, we'll enjoy these majestic mountains in wonderful solitude! This trip is also a loop hike, so we're always covering new ground as we make a large circle and end close to where we started.
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.


 

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to trailhead: 60 minutes
Hiking Mileage: 4.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2000 feet


This trip begins in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where we'll pick you up at your hotel for a shuttle to the trailhead. We'll do a final pack fitting then set off on our trek. Today's hike takes us up Little Granite Creek, which is great moose habitat so we'll keep your eyes out. After a couple miles we'll connect with the scenic Highline Trail and begin our ascent into the high country. We'll get extraordinary views of the high country, before setting up camp and enjoying a hearty dinner.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 9 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Elevation Loss: 1,800 feet


After a tasty breakfast we'll continue up the Highline Trail for more amazing views of terrain that's reminiscent of the European Alps. Rock outcroppings and spires, snow fields, meadows, forests and wildflowers blanket the vast, mountainous landscape. Today is the most demanding day of the trip, but rewards us with consistently jaw-dropping views and a fantastic camp We'll set up camp below Cache Peak and settle down for another tasty backcountry dinner!


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 5+ miles
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Elevation Loss: 600 feet


We will either sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning, or get an early start for a summit attempt on Cache Peak (10,305'). Either way, we will at least hike up to Cache Peak Pass, which allows phenomenal views of the surrounding mountain ranges and river valleys in all directions, before breaking camp. Today's main hike takes us to the meadows above Turquoise Lake, a stunning subalpine body of water that on a warm day can provide a chilling, but refreshing, swim. We'll set up camp, relax around a campfire, and eat dinner as the sun sets behind distant alpine ridges.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 1,800 feet


Today we'll break camp after breakfast and start our hike out of the highcountry. We'll hike downstream along Granite Creek through meadows, marshes and forests. We'll keep our eyes peeled for wildlife as this is more great bear and moose habitat! The high peaks will slowly get smaller behind us as we drop down in elevation. Tonight's camp is near the shores of Granite Creek, where you can fish or enjoy sitting on the banks and absorb the majesty of this beautiful place!


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Loss: 400 feet
Shuttle: 60 minutes


We'll break our final camp and enjoy a short day of hiking down to our ending trailhead. But the trip isn't over yet! While the guide gets everything packed up, you'll have the wonderful opportunity to soak at Granite Hot Springs, which is an established hot spring pool in one of the most picturesque valleys you can imagine. Soak your tired muscles in steaming, thermal-fed water while you reflect on the past five days. Once the guide is done packing up and everyone has soaked, we'll shuttle back to Jackson Hole and 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°