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Badger Creek Backpack

Highlights

  • Enjoy the waters roar of Badger creek as we hike some 10 miles along its shores
  • Take your pick of two challenging and rewarding day hikes each with majestic peaks to climb
  • Begin your hike downhill (the only trailhead in the Tetons that allows this!)
  • Eat gourmet backcountry meals prepared by your expert guides
  • Capture views of the Teton mountains and valley down below from over 10,000 foot peaks


Description

If exploring the Tetons' backcountry and spending 3 to 4 days in Wyoming's stunning high country interests you then consider this trip! It accommodates a wide variety of ability levels, from novice hikers/campers to families to those with limited time to people with backpacking experience looking to challenge themselves in the high mountains. We start with a moderate difficulty trek to a serene base camp, then spend 2 or 3 days (depending on whether trip is the 3-day or 4-day version) exploring the higher peaks and ridges via day hikes, and earning absolutely stunning views of the Tetons that few people experience. This is a world-class backpacking trip in the American West's most famous mountain range!
Join us and experience the tremendous amount of Tetons scenery that can be accessed in just 3-4 days! Experience high mountain passes, wildlife, towering peaks over 10,000 feet in elevation, streams, creeks and meadows. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book your spot today!
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.

This trip is officially operated by Wildland Llamas, a permitted outfitter in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

 


Badger Creek Llama Trek Photos

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.25 hours
Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 500 feet
Elevation Gain: 140 feet


This Tetons backpacking trip begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson Hole (private trips can originate from Driggs or Victor, ID if desired). We'll shuttle up and over famous Jackson Pass and down into the scenic Driggs Valley to our trailhead beyond. After a final pack-fitting we'll begin our hike into our basecamp, where we'll spend the next 2 or 3 nights.

Our hike begins with a 1 mile descent from the trailhead to pristine Badger Creek, an idyllic trout stream winding down from the high peaks. We'll stop for a snack or lunch (depending on the time and hunger levels of the group) at the junction of Badger Creek and North Leigh Creek. Then we'll begin our ascent into the high country, following Badger Creek to our wonderful camp. Our camp is spacious, relatively close to Badger Creek, offers wonderful solitude, and is a perfect jumping off point for day hike farther into the high country. We'll set up camp, relax and enjoy a feast of a dinner with a cozy campfire before turning in for a great night's sleep.


Day 2 (and 3 on the 4-day itinerary)

Hiking Mileage: 5-6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1400-2100 feet

From camp we have 2 fantastic options for day hikes, which makes this a great 4-day trip for guests interested in a thorough experience of the Tetons' backcountry. Both the featured day hikes offer magnificent views of the Tetons and surrounding mountain ranges, each from a different vantage point. The description below is for Day 2 on the 3-day itinerary, and Days 2 and 3 on the 4-day itinerary.

After a hearty breakfast and hot coffee we will determine which hike we want to embark on for the day. Both options are spectacular peak climbs with out-of-this-world views. As we begin our day's ascent we will begin soaking up amazing views of the surrounding mountains that include deep valleys, far-off plateaus, and the jagged, glaciated peaks of the Tetons. The high country of the Tetons is truly breathtaking!

Both of the day's possible hikes reach high passes before ascending farther to higher summits. On both hikes we will have lunch at the high pass with stunning views and then finish our trek to the peak: either Rammel Mountain or Crow's Nest, both world-class destinations. We will have good opportunities to see wildlife, including elk and deer below us in the meadows from our high vantage point. After a full day packed with breath taking views, we will return to camp for a backcountry feast and roaring campfire.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 140 feet
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 1.25 hours


On our final day together we will enjoy a tasty breakfast and converse about our favorite parts of our backcountry journey. After a relaxing morning we'll pack up and begin the trek back down to the trailhead. Once at the trailhead, we'll shuttle back to Jackson Hole and say our good-byes. With a fond farewell, we'll drop you off at your hotel for much-deserved showers and relaxation. 


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

  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Wyoming backpacking guide
  • 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!

What's Not Included

  • 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)
See the Packing List 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 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


What Gear To Bring

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.


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 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

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.

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 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.


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

The standard ratio of guests to guides on this trip is 1 guide for up to 5 guests, or 2 guides for 6-10 guests. 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.


Weather in Northern Wyoming

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°