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Green Lakes Backpack

Highlights

  • Enjoy some of the Teton’s most beautiful high alpine basin campsites
  • Camp near breathtaking fields of wildflowers and lush meadows
  • Learn about millions of years of geologic history exposed in stunning red rock layers
  • Experience the joy of hiking with well trained and hardworking pack llamas
  • Enjoy challenging and unique day hikes into the high country of the Tetons
  • Share a delightful meal and sunset with your backcountry companions looking down at 4 large alpine lakes
  • Bring along your fishing pole to try your luck at catching some alpine trout in Green Lake


Description

A fantastic 3- or 4-day backpacking trip, the Green Lakes itinerary can be easily modified to fit almost any group's desires. The Green Lakes area of the Tetons has plenty of great hiking to justify a 4-day trip, and also packs tremendous adventure and scenery into just 3 days for folks with limited time. We enjoy hiking through stunning mountain scenery, and camp below a vast, open meadow with amazing views of the Teton Range rising to the east. Our hike takes us along pristine Badger creek to alpine basins filled with lush grass and multiple large lakes at an elevation of 9,450+ feet. We will camp near Green Lake, with beautiful Green Mountain towering above the lake. From camp we have the option of many different day hikes and also at the right time of day the opportunity to catch a trout jumping in the many lakes around the alpine basin. It truly is a site to see!
Join us and explore the amazing Tetons! 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.

 


Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

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


This Jedediah Smith Wilderness backpacking trip begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson Hole. We'll shuttle up and over famous Jackson Pass and down into the scenic Driggs Valley before arriving at our starting trailhead. After a final pack-fitting we'll begin our 8-mile trek along a stunning route with over 2000 feet of elevation gain to the Green Lakes region of the Tetons. Our camp is nestled in an alpine basin below Green Mountain, which puts us right in the action for some of the best day hikes in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. From wildflowers to wildlife and the cresting sun over the Tetons, this camp site is one of the best in the Tetons.

After setting up camp, relaxing, exploring, and soaking up the natural beauty of this place, we'll get a roaring campfire going and settle in camp for a much deserved backcountry feast! Remember to step away from the campfire at some point to see what is undoubtedly one of the most vivid, star-lit night skies you'll ever see.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 680+ feet

Day 2 begins with a delicious breakfast and steaming cups of coffee, tea or hot chocolote as we watch morning vapor rise off of crystal clear Green Lake. After breakfast we'll load up our packs and set out on a wonderful day hike. Today's hike takes us 6 miles round trip from our camp to Crow's Nest, a spectacular spot to soak up vistas of the Grand Teton and surrounding mountains and valleys. Our day trip provides fun, memorable hiking with only moderate elevation gain. At the Crows Nest we'll enjoy a wonderful lunch with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains ranges and three different states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Be sure to pack your camera today as the views from the hike and from our lunch spot are out of this world!

After lunch we'll hike back down to camp and enjoy the lake and relaxation around camp before gathering for a second night of feasting around a roaring campfire.


Day 3 (4-Day Trip Only)

Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 750 feet


On Day 3 (4-day itinerary only) we will have a quick breakfast and hit the trail relatively early. Our hike takes us to a locals' secret spot, Popsicle Lake. The hike is roughly 5 miles round trip and takes us to an open ridgeline over 10,000 feet in elevation. Popsicle Lake is perched on the high divide that separates the Jedediah Smith Wilderness and Grand Teton National Park. From the divide, looking east into the Park, Moran Canyon plummets towards Jackson Lake proving absolutely breathtaking views and photographs. This is one of our top hikes in the Jedediah Smith - it is truly spectacular!

After taking time to soak up the views, snap pictures, enjoy lunch and simply absorb the magic of this place we'll begin our descent back to camp. We'll have a couple hours to relax before our final celebratory backcountry dinner and campfire.


Final Day

Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Loss: 2150 feet
Shuttle to Jackson: 1.25 hours


Today, watching the sun rise over the Teton Crest and trout picking insects off the surface of the lake, encourages reflection as we meditate on the beauty of this wilderness. Life makes sense out here. We'll enjoy a final hot breakfast, then break camp and begin our hike out of the mountains. Our hike begins with some uphill switchbacks to a ridge with great views of the Grand Teton. Then it's all downhill through fantastic wildlife country, so we'll keep our eyes open! We usually arrive at our ending trailhead mid afternoon, where we'll shuttle back to Jackson Hole and say our fond farewells.


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°