Wild Wyoming Llama Trek
- A stunning and remote mountain range
- Extraordinary solitude and beauty
- A waterfall over 200 feet high
- Spectacular mountain views
- Off trail hiking and camping
- Fantastic wildlife habitat
- Breathtaking night skies
- Fantastic backcountry cuisine
The Wyoming Range is one of the least traveled mountain ranges in Wyoming, simply because word has never gotten out about how magnificent it is. Providing the ability to see more animals than people, the Wyoming Range - and our Wild Wyoming Llama Trek more specifically - truly provides an opportunity to step back into the Wild West.
Highlights of this trip include the adventure of hiking off-trail much of the time; amazing waterfalls including Cliff Creek Falls which in total is over 200 feet high; secluded and scenic campsites; vast wildflower-filled meadows; and last but not least fantastic views of the surrounding mountain ranges including the Tetons. As you hike with the llamas through the high mountain meadows, looking far down on the valleys below, gazing up at Hoback Peak and its perennial snow fields, standing mesmerized by pristine waterfalls, and staring in awe at the distant mountains, it may very well occur to you that you're one of the luckiest people alive.
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- Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.5 hours
- Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
- Elevation Gain: 600 feet
This Jackson Hole Llama Trek begins at a remote trailhead in a wild corner of Wyoming approximately 90 minutes from Jackson Hole. We will have a wonderful day one as we hike 7 milesup a pristine valley to our Cliff Creek camp. We will set up camp and prepare for our hike to the pass tomorrow. Time permitting, we may hike up to the second waterfall for a view, go search for animals, or simply relax and enjoy sitting around a fire at camp near stunning Cliff Creek Falls.
- Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
- Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Day 2 starts with a big backcountry breakfast before we break camp and begin our day's hike. Today we head onto a seldom-traveled trail and leave the few people that ever travel into the Wyoming Range behind. Taking the llamas high onto Cliff Creek Pass we will hike through high mountain meadows with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges, including the crumbling Gros Ventre's, the towering granite spires and glaciers of the Wind Rivers, and even an occasional glimpse of the Tetons from a perspective very few people ever experience.
- Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
- Elevation Gain: 500 feet
- Elevation Loss: 750 feet
We venture on to trails that see little use today, passing Horse Haven Meadows, and have the chance to head up to several mountain passes and enjoy the views in the neighboring peaks of the Wyoming range including the Grayback Ridge and Clause Peak. We end our day in an amazing meadow above Cliff Creek Falls, a stunning double waterfall that totals over 200 feet in height.
- Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
- Elevation Gain: 2450 feet
- Elevation Loss: 2450 feet
We will leave the llamas behind at camp as today gives us an opportunity to climb as far up Hoback peak as weather and fitness permits. This will take us past a valley named Bare Hole, which although this is very rugged terrain, is not quite like it sounds as a "hole" is a local reference to a valley floor. We'll actually be traversing a stunning alpine valley with mountain views in all directions. We have the chance to enjoy lunch on a high ridge and look for animals or to go for the summit attempt if the group is up for it.
Tonight, is a celebratory dinner as it's our last night in the wilderness. We'll soak up the peace and quiet of the Wyoming Range, views of the brilliant star-filled sky, the sounds of Cliff Creek and the falls, and conversation with our trail companions before turning in for one last good night's sleep.
- Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
- Elevation Loss: 600 feet
- Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 1.5 hours
After the guides pack the llamas one more time, our last day's trek begins as we hike down beautiful Cliff Creek. Our hike is consumed by views of the creek as it twists down a valley laden with pristine forests and wildflowers. We will hike past towering cliffs (the namesakes of Cliff Creek), whose rock ranges from bright reds to tan, and we may see the occasional snow patch still clinging to the hillsides. We'll eventually reach our ending trailhead and nostalgically say goodbye to these amazing mountains before shuttling back to Jackson Hole for much deserved showers and hotel rooms.
Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.
- Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food and a dedicated llama handler
- One or more professional, knowledgeable, certified Jackson Hole hiking guides (max guest to guide ratio is 6:1, not including the llama handler)
- 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
- 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 your kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
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.
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
- Deuter or Osprey backpacks
- Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
- Sierra Designs sleeping bags
- Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
- Leki trekking poles
- Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
- Mountain Safety Research cookware
- Bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
- Company-issued first-aid kit
- Satellite phone
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person, either a headlamp or flashlight per person, and a lightweight waterproof stuff sac for your clothes and belongings. 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.
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 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.
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.
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Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional Wyoming 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.
Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, training in llama-handling, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
The standard ratio of guests to guides on llama trips is 1 guide for 1-4 guests; 2 guides for 5-8 guests; and 3 guides for 9-10 guests. Private trips can have can have up to 12 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.
Ideally you desire to be on a trip with llamas, by this we mean that a trip with stock animals is different than a backpacking trip in many ways. One big difference is that it takes time for your guide to get all the animals loaded and ready to go in the morning and to unload gear and care for them once we arrive in camp. Also the pace of a llama trip can be a bit slower than you would walk without a pack and you’ll be expected to hike with the group.
On a llama trip the animals tend to take on a focus of the trip. These trips are most rewarding when the clients want to interact with and help out with caring for the llamas. The tradeoff for not having to carry a large backpack is that llamas do require extra work from their guide/handlers. If you are choosing a llama trip solely on the basis of not having to carry a backpack and do not wish to interact with a llama, you need to speak honestly with your Adventure Consultant about this and potentially add another Wildland Guide to your trip to cover the extra workload of caring for the llamas.
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:
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Sleeping on this trip is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.
Fresh & Delicious
Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.
In the Action
Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.