Yellowstone Backpacking Tours

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Granite Basin Backpack

Highlights

  • Guides Choice backpacking trip in the Tetons
  • Soak up majestic views of the Teton Range at over 10,700 feet
  • Enjoy hiking with llama companions that help carry your gear into the alpine wonderland
  • Earn stunning views of the Grand Teton
  • See wonderful trout populations in the many lakes and rivers we hike past
  • Embark on a challenge and fulfilling day hike up to Little’s Peak and Saddle Horse Point
  • Bring along your swim trunks, book, sketch pad and/or fishing rod for a relaxing layover day on Day 3
  • See wildlife, alpine lakes, granite basins, and towering summits all in one trip


Description

This is a 5 day backpacking trip into the American West's most famous mountain range. We spend time at two camps, both of which allow us to day hike and explore various areas of the wilderness. It is a loop hike allowing us to experience all new scenery every day of the trip. With 25+ miles of potential hiking, including day hikes on days 2 and 4, we have the opportunity to challenge ourselves and climb thousands of feet into the higher mountains to see some of the Tetons' best views, and to enjoy more moderate, scenic routes loaded with stunning views and breathtaking mountain basins. At two different points on this trip we will be looking down into Grand Teton National Park from the Teton Crest - viewpoints very few people ever experience!
Join us and immerse yourself for 5 days in the stunning backcountry wilderness of the Tetons! Bring your camera along, and snap photos of these breathtaking mountains from some of the most unique vantage points available. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book a 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.

 


Tetons Llama Trek Photos

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.25 hours
Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2150 feet


This Tetons backpacking trip beging with pickup from your hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming after which we'll shuttle up and over Jackson Pass to our trailhead at an elevation of 7011 feet in the famous Jedediah Smith Wilderness. Today is a long, but extremely scenic, day of hiking with about 7.5 miles and over 2000 feet of elevation gain to the Green Lakes region. We will follow a pristine mountain creek for almost 6 miles on our hike to camp. We'll enjoy a wonderful picnic halfway through our day's trek at a beautiful boulder field along the creek. After lunch we have another 4 miles to camp. We'll pass the headwaters of North Leigh Creek and soon after a basin with spectacular views. We'll set up camp for the night near a beautiful mountain lake at approximately 9,200 feet. We'll settle into camp and relax after a phenomenal day of hiking, then devour a hearty backcountry dinner around a roaring campfire.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 5-6 miles
Elevation Gain: 680+ feet

Today we'll wake up to a steaming hot drink and a hearty breakfast. We have two options for day hiking and exploring the mountains today. The first option is a beautiful 6-mile roundtrip trek to a spectacular high point with stunning views, called Crow's Nest. The Crow's Nest hike is a fun one of moderate difficulty, and offers stunning panoramic views of the Tetons and 3 different states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. At an extremely scenic spot on a high ridge we'll enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch with amazing Tetons views all around us.

Our other option for today's hike is to Popsicle Lake which is perched on the divide and one of the highest lakes in the Tetons. This hike is approximately 5 miles round trip. The hike tops out on an open ridgeline over 10,000 feet in elevation. Popsicle Lake straddles the high divide, separating the Jedediah Smith Wilderness from Grand Teton National Park, so we'll be looking down into the Park from the top. From the divide, looking east, Moran Canyon plummets towards Jackson Lake. This is one of our favorite day hikes in the Tetons as the views simply can’t be beat!

After our hike to either Crows Nest or Popsicle Lake we'll return to camp and have some time to relax. Another campfire and fantastic backcountry dinner cap off our day before a peaceful night's sleep under one of the most vivid night skies you've ever seen.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 4-5 miles
Elevation Gain: 875 feet


We'll start Day 3 with another hearty camp breakfast, a relaxing morning and then we'll start start breaking camp. Today we move camp to Granite Basin Lakes which is just under 4 miles and 590 feet of elevation gain from our first camp. Because of today's relatively short hiking distance, we will enjoy a leisurely morning and then some free time this afternoon to fish, swim, relax, read a book, or day hike around camp. The hike itself between camps showcases a rocky geographical divide between Green Lakes and Granite Basin Lakes at over 10,000 feet, and has an abundance of absolutely stunning views. Our new camp at Granite Basin Lakes is a subalpine wonderland of lakes, creeks and big mountain views. We'll settle into our new camp and enjoy more fantastic backcountry cuisine prepared by your guide.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 6+ miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1700-2600 feet

Similar to Day 2, Day 4 provides us two options for fantastic day hikes. The first option is a fantastic, rugged hike up Little's Peak where we will earn access to astounding views of the Tetons Range. This option is for guests looking for a challenge and fulfilling day, and who are willing to work for world class views of the Tetons. With over 2400 feet of elevation gain, this hike is a truly worthwhile achievement and one that richly awards us with spectacular vistas.

The other option for today's hike is to Saddle Horse Point at 10,065 feet. It is a more moderate and less rugged hike, but is still a significant trek that ends at a stunning destination and one of our favorite picnic spots in the Tetons. This hike takes us from camp up a historic horse path to a high alpine ridge above 10,000 feet. From the top we'll soak up majestic views into Grand Teton National Park.

Tonight we'll celebrate our 5-day backcountry adventure with one last, celebratory backcountry feast around a cozy campfire.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 2450 feet
Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 1.25 hours


On our final day we'll have a quick breakfast, break camp and begin our hike down out of the mountains. With more breathtaking views, wonderful hiking, and the possibility to see wildlife, today provides a fantastic conclusion to our trip. Our hike starts with, suprisingly, a series of uphill switchbacks to a high, rocky ridge. Then it's all downhill through stunning wilderness with views of the Grand Teton to our ending trailhead. We normally arrive at the trailhead by mid afternoon and from there it's a short shuttle back to Jackson Hole for our goodbyes.


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°