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Frequently Asked Questions

Every trip includes:

  • A professional, certified, friendly wilderness guide (see guides)
  • Hiking and camping permits, reservations and fees (park entrance fees not included for the Mule-assisted Grand Canyon Classic and Phantom Ranch tours).
  • Transportation from the town of origin to the trailhead and back (not included on the Phantom Ranch, Mule-assisted Classic, and Havasu Falls Summer Tours)
  • All associated camping gear (tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and eating utensils)
  • Use of a backpack and trekking poles
  • On multi-day trips: breakfast the first day through lunch the last day and trail snacks
  • On day hiking tours: lunch and trail snacks
  • On porter/stock-assisted tours: pack mules, horses, llamas or porters to carry the gear (these trips still require carrying a 10-20lb backpack, depending on the trip.)
  • On Inn-based Tours: lodging at designated inns or similar substitutes
  • A Lifetime Family Hiking Membership entitling you and your family to 10% off any future Wildland Trekking trip!

When you register for a hiking trip you will receive an information packet that details when and where you will meet your guide and group for a pre-trip orientation. For multi-day hikes, this meeting normally takes place in the evening the day before the start date. At this meeting you will prepare for your upcoming adventure. This meeting takes place at the following locations (for all trips not listed, we notify guests of meeting location upon registration):

  • Grand Canyon Tours: 5:00 PM in Flagstaff, Arizona (Mule-assisted Classic and Phantom Ranch tours meet at 5:00 PM at the South Rim)
  • Havasu Falls Tours: 5:00 PM in Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • Utah Trips: 5:00 PM in St. George, Utah
  • Yellowstone Tours: 6:00 PM in Bozeman, Montana
  • Beyond Yellowstone Trips: 5:00 PM in Jackson, Wyoming
  • Yosemite Tours: 5:00 PM in Curry Village in Yosemite Valley
  • Sequoia-Kings Canyon: 5:00 PM at the Lodgepole Visitor Center or in Three River, CA
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: Estes Park, Colorado at an agreed upon time
  • Great Smoky Mountains: Asheville, North Carolina at an agreed upon time

You can read about our refund and cancellation policy on our Terms and Conditions page. Feel free to call us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with additional questions.

If you'd like to do a backpacking trip but not carry the gear, you can add a porter to your trip in some instances. The cost is $265 per porter per day, and the porter can carry 30 pounds of guest gear. You will still be hiking with a 10 pound day pack. You can also add a porter and reduce two guests' backpack weights by 15 pounds each.

Many of our guests leave their vehicles and luggage at their hotel while they're in the backcountry. We also have offices with attached warehouses in Flagstaff, Arizona and Bozeman, Montana; you're more than welcome to leave vehicles and luggage at one of these locations if you're doing a Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls or Yellowstone Tour. Please note: if you're leaving a vehicle, it will be parked on the street in front of the warehouse, and we don't take responsibility for its security.

On each hiking tour page you will find a link to "Weather and Safety" under the Logistics tab. Our Weather and Safety sections will give you a breakdown of average temperatures by month as well as a description of the area's weather patterns.

When you inquire about or register for a specific hiking tour, we'll email you a detailed trip packet. In this packet is a list of required and recommended gear and clothing items. Or you can check out our Packing Lists page to see recommended lists for the various destinations. Our online store - Wildland Trekking Outfitters - has nearly everything you'll need, and the inventory is very high quality. Feel free to call us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with questions!

Every trip requires sturdy hiking shoes or boots, weather-related clothing, raingear, a headlamp or flashligh, personal items, and the ability to carry 2-3 liters of water (water bottles or hydration bladders).

You will find lodging recommendations in your pre-trip information packet and on our Travel Resources. page. For Inn-based hiking tours the lodging is included during the trip and will be detailed in the packet, however you'll still most likely need a room before and after the trip. Feel free to call us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for additional recommendations.

All multi-day hiking tours in the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls, Utah, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Park include transportation from the town of origin to the trailhead and back (excluding Phantom Ranch, Havasu Falls Summer, and Mule-assisted Grand Canyon Classic tours at the Grand Canyon). Our Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon trips do not include transportation yet, but we hope to provide it soon.

All of our hiking guides are very knowledgeable about the history of the areas they guide in. You will have the option to learn about the natural and cultural history of the region you are venturing into. There is a tremendous amount of fascinating history to learn about if you're interested, so just let your guide know how much you want to know!

Your safety is our top priority, followed by fun and comfort. All of our hiking guides are very experienced in the mountains and canyons. We require all of our guides to be certified as Wilderness First Responders or EMT's and to have years of wilderness and guiding experience. On all of our multi-day tours the hiking guide also carries a satellite phone.

We do not expect any prior backpacking or even hiking experience, however backpacking can be a physically demanding activity. All of our trips are differentiated by level of difficulty. While planning your trip we will work with you to determine the right trip for you based on your physical abilities, experience, and desire (difficulty of 1-5, 1 being easiest, 5 most difficult). We recommend starting an exercise routine several weeks to several months prior to your trip date, especially if you live at or near sea level. Many of our trips are at higher altitudes (7,000 feet up to 14,000 feet), demanding at least a modest level of cardiovascular fitness.

If you have any diet restrictions or preferences, such as vegetarian, vegan, non-gluten, kosher or Atkins, please tell us before hand and we will accommodate your dietary wishes and needs.

For the most part we recommend that children be age 12 or older to participate on most of our trips. If your child is under the age of 12 please give us a call and we'll work with you to make a responsible choice.