Spring Creek - Green River
- Guides Choice backpacking trip
- Point-to-point thru hike
- Headwaters of the Green River
- Lush meadows, lakes and rivers
- Wonderful, rejuvenating solitude
- Pristine campsites
- Vivid night skies
This trip follows a classic thru-hike route that can be done as either a 4-day trip (difficulty level 4) or 5-day trip (difficulty level 3). Either way it's exceptional and features stunning Wyoming high country, pristine camps, breathtaking views (especially of Squaretop Mountain and the Green River Valley), and lots of opportunities to fish for those interested.
Our trip begins in Jackson Hole, where we pick you up at your hotel for a 2-hour shuttle to the trailhead. The first two days of our hike take us through forests, across meadows, past lakes, and finally into the subalpine forests of the higher mountains. We'll have incredible views of the Continental Divide and towering peaks like Sky Pilot Peak, Glover Peak, and Mount Oeneis. On Day 3 we'll ascend into the high country and cross Green River Pass (10,400 feet). We'll be literally at the headwaters of the Green River, which is the chief tributary to the Colorado River and runs 730 miles before meeting the Colorado River in Utah. We'll also enjoy fantastic views of Squaretop Mountain, one of the most distinguished peaks in Wyoming. We'll descend into the Green River Valley, where we'll hike through dense forests and vast meadows before finally reaching Green River Lakes, our ending point.
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- Shuttle to Trailhead: 2 hours
- Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
- Elevation Loss: 200 feet
- Elevation Gain: 1500 feet
We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Our 2-hour drive to the trailhead is much more than idle time, as we'll be driving through beautiful mountain country, eating breakfast, and discussing the details of the trip. View of Fremont Lake shortly after leaving the trailhead.
Once at the trailhead we'll do a final pack fitting and start hiking! Today's hike is a beautiful one as we’ll climb a short ways from the trailhead to a ridge overlooking Fremont Lake, one of the largest natural lakes in Wyoming. From here it is a gradual ascent into the mountains and we'll be in and out of meadows filled with sagebrush and wildflowers, as well as aspen and conifer forests. We'll set up camp on the shores of Trapper Lake, after which you'll have a couple hours to relax, fish, or explore before dinner and our evening campfire.
- Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
- Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
Today is a diverse day of hiking that takes us higher into the mountains. We'll hike through forests, along creeks, next to rocky bluffs, and past several lakes including Trail Lake and Gottfried Lake. Our destination is Borum Lake, which is near treeline looking up at a family of alpine peaks including Sky Pilot Peak (12,129 feet) and Glover Peak (12,068 feet).
- Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
- Elevation Gain: 600 feet
- Elevation Loss: 600 feet
Today is one of the gems of this trip! We'll have a big breakfast before breaking camp and hitting the trail. Our route takes us over Green River Pass, a low spot along an alpine ridge with incredible views of the Continental Divide. We'll be surrounded by large peaks including Vista Peak (11,840 feet) and Mount Oeneis (12,232 feet). At the pass, we officially enter the headwaters of the Green River, which is a very special treat. The Green River, which is the most significant tributary to the Colorado River, exits these mountains and flows 730 miles southwest where it combines with the Colorado River. Then together these two mighty rivers (now combined as the Colorado) flow through the Grand Canyon.
We'll enjoy lunch on Green River Pass, with views of Squaretop Mountain, one of the Wind River Range's most distinct peaks. Then we'll descend into the Green River Valley and set up camp near the confluence of two side creeks to the Green River: Trail Creek and Clark Creek.
- Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
- Elevation Loss: 2300 feet
We'll have a leisurely morning today, as our hiking is relatively easy and the nature of our surroundings begs us to take our time and soak up the natural beauty. We'll follow Trail Creek down to the Green River, then we'll follow the Green River downstream through majestic meadow systems and lush forests.
- Hiking Mileage: 9.5 miles
- Elevation Loss: 100 feet
- Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 2 hours
We'll have another relaxing morning before packing up camp for the last time. We continue downstream along the Green River, with Squaretop Mountain dominating our views to the west, to Green River Lakes. Then we'll hike around the shores of the lakes to our ending trailhead. A 2-hour shuttle back to Jackson Hole gives us time to reflect on the incredible journey we've just completed, and hopefully start thinking about what the next one might be!
On the 4-day variation, which is Difficulty 4, we'll increase the hiking each day, so we cover approximately 8 miles per day. You will see all the same country but with longer days of hiking.
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.
- 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!
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% 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, 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
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.
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.
Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).
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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 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 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.
Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.
The standard group size on backpacking trips is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 12 guests and 2 guides. 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.
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
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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Camping on Backpacking Trips
Sleeping on backpacking trips 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.