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3-day Inn-based Tour

Highlights

  • A diversity of hikes: classic and remote
  • All-around Yellowstone hiking experience
  • Cozy accommodations & wonderful meals
  • Potential to see bears, wolves, moose, bison & more
  • Amazing natural & cultural history
  • Mount Washburn hike for phenomenal views
  • Quintessential Yellowstone meadows and river valleys

Description

Our 3-day Inn-based hiking tour explores Yellowstone through the lens of three spectacularly diverse, hand-picked hikes so you can experience the diversity of this iconic national park. Highlights include incredible viewpoints, the most well-known and spectacular geysers in the park, plunging waterfalls, pristine rivers and lakes, wildlife, and the signature vast meadow systems of Yellowstone. We take care of everything so you can relax and know you're seeing the best of Yellowstone in style.
After each day's hike, we'll enjoy fine dining and cozy accommodations in hand-picked lodges. Moon-lit walks or relaxation will end the day as we recuperate for the next day's adventure!
Please note: new reservations on this trip within 30 days of trip start date are highly unlikely due to Yellowstone's lodging cancellation policies. Please book at least 35 days in advance!
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.

 

Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle from Bozeman: 3-hour drive
Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,384 feet


This Yellowstone Inn-based Hiking Tour begins with one of the most beautiful hikes in the park, a hike to the summit of Mt. Washburn at over 10,000 feet. The trail to the summit travels through picturesque subalpine parkland where wildflowers abound. Bighorn sheep are sometimes seen grazing in nearby meadows. This is one of the only places in the park where hikers can get close up views and photos of the majestic sheep as they are habituated to the presence of hikers. It is a steady climb over 3 miles to the summit where we'll have a tremendous view of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone - a giant rift in a landscape of forested hills. Other sites include Yellowstone Lake, the Teton Range, Electric Peak, and an overall sense that the entire park stretches out below your feet.

Following this beautiful hike we'll drive to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for a short stroll out to Artist Point for one of the more phenomenal waterfall views in North America - the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is an amazing feature at 20 miles long, 1,200 feet deep, and a mere 4,000 feet in width on average. It was formed approximately 10,000 years ago when a large glacial ice dam in Hayden Valley burst, flooding the canyon and creating the two thunderous waterfalls and multicolored canyon walls it is known for.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Elevation Change: minimal


We'll begin the day with a quick shuttle to the Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone's hottest and most changeable thermal area. We'll explore many of the features along its 2 1/4 miles of trails and boardwalks. Vibrant colors, steamy cauldrons, and sulfuric clouds of steam culminate for an incredible experience.

We'll then jump back in the van for a drive to Old Faithful where we’ll explore the Old Faithful and Biscuit Geyser Basins. Yellowstone is home to 60% of the world's geysers and most of them can be found here, including Old Faithful itself. Walking the boardwalks we'll experience the basins' diverse array of geysers from thin fountains to massive eruptions. It is an impressive scene.

If the group is so inclined we'll continue on through Biscuit Basin on the Mystic Falls Trail to Mystic Falls, a lengthy cascade on the Little Firehole River. The hike can be turned into a loop during which we ascend a plateau that overlooks the Old Faithful Geyser Basin. From an overlook at the edge of the plateau we'll stop to enjoy the fantastic views of geysers erupting from afar.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Change: 1,400 feet


The glittering expanse of Yellowstone Lake will be the focal point of today’s destination: Storm Point. This relatively flat 2.3-mile loop leads to a stunning vista of the largest lake above 7000 feet in North America. In spring, the lakeshore is a corridor for Grizzly bears. The hike begins at Indian Pond, a favorite locale for Bison, and continues through a lodge pole pine forest to a bluff overlooking the picturesque shore of this hydrothermal fed lake. Before completing our loop, we will walk past enormous boulders, which are home to a colony of Yellow-bellied Marmots. If we are lucky, we may see one basking in the sun.

If we are up for more adventure we will move on to Elephant Back Mountain. Elephant Back is a moderate 3.6-mile loop with about 1400 feet elevation gain and loss. The trail begins in an old growth lodge pole pine forest mixed with spruce and fir, an area also frequented by grizzly bears. After a mile of relatively mild uphill, we will climb switchbacks. Flecks of black obsidian will glitter beneath your feet. The ascent culminates to an awe-inspiring bird’s eye view of the lake. We can identify many prominent landmarks from our peak, before making our trek back down the Elephants Back.


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, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 2 nights of lodging at Canyon Lodge & Cabins, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and/or Lake Yellowstone Hotel.
  • Top-of-the-line daypack and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Yellowstone hiking guide
  • Double-occupancy lodging at lodges in and around Yellowstone National Park (single occupancy requires an additional single supplement)
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Bozeman, Montana to Yellowstone and back
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Bear safety equipment including bear spray cannisters
  • 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!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day's activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. For dinners, we'll visit local restaurants you're sure to enjoy!


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Bear spray cannisters
  • 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 water bottles per person and 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 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.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form 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 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You'll meet your hiking guide and group in Bozeman, Montana for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip and will specify the exact location of the orientation meeting at that point. The next morning we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead. For Private Yellowstone Tours, you also have the option to originate your trip in West Yellowstone.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.


Safety Considerations

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.


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 and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. 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.

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


Weather in Yellowstone

Being a Northern mountain environment, Yellowstone is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Yellowstone. On the Spring/Fall Trekking Adventure 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 in Yellowstone:
     
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
High
Low
 
June
70°
42°
 
July
80°
47°
 
August
78°
45°
 
September
68°
37°