Wyoming Alpine Wonders
- Wonderful, rejuvenating solitude
- Amazing, BIG mountain views
- Creeks tumbling from the high country
- Rich wildlife habitat
- Abundant wildlife habitat
- World-class backcountry fishing
Have you ever visited Yellowstone, seen those breathtaking mountains flanking the east side of the Park and wondered what it would feel like to be immersed in their seemingly inaccessible expanse? Wildland Trekking can show you. Our Wyoming Alpine Wonders Trek will plunge you deep into the Shoshone National Forest in an area so remote, you are sure to get in touch with your primal connection to nature. We start by entering the forest just outside of Cody, Wyoming and climb up into an alpine wonderland of towering peaks, eye-popping meadows, glacial-carved valleys, and creeks bursting with trout. We gain elevation nearly every day of the trip, always expanding our view of the surrounding snow-capped kingdom. We will have a layover day to explore, gain even higher ground, and possibly summit one of the range’s most prominent mountains, Trout Peak.
This area is known for its healthy populations of grizzly bears, big-horn sheep, wolves, elk and mountain lions. Void of the maintenance provided by a national park, this backpacking trip requires greater outdoor skills to undertake and consequently offers deeper solitude. With a professional Wildland wilderness guide to plan, navigate, interpret, cook, and lead this adventure, it allows guests to experience a truly wild side of the Rockies with the convenience of a national park tour. In short - join us for an adventure you'll never forget!
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- Shuttle to trailhead: 4 hours
- Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
- Elevation Gain: 1800 feet
From your hotel in Bozeman, Montana, we will shuttle you along one of America’s Scenic Byways that offers an inspiring view of the mountains we are about to explore. After about 4 hours, we will reach our trailhead just outside of Cody, Wyoming. From the start, we will hike with views of Jim Mountain’s fascinating basalt formations. The trail will thrust us into an alpine dream as we climb over 1,500 feet in the first 3 miles. Hiking up through the Jim Creek drainage, we will quickly gain gorgeous mountain views. If we maintain sharp eyes along the cliff faces, we may be able to spot big-horn sheep. Eventually, the trail will level out and your guide will select a campsite alongside a creek. We will feast and sleep under a night sky only the backcountry can offer.
- Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
- Elevation Gain: 800 feet
- Elevation Loss: 800 feet
We will wake up to enjoy hot drinks and breakfast in the fresh mountain air. After breaking camp, we will continue to hike up and down small hills and across many creeks at the base of a stunning row of mountains. The green rolling meadows will be dappled with yellow, pink, and purple wildflowers most of the Summer before fading into a palette of burnt orange, crimson, and gold for the Fall. With vigilance, you can often see elk grazing about the grass. With luck, you may also see wolves lurking behind the treelines. Again, we will hike as far as we can and settle for the night near a fresh water source. If time allows, our licensed guests can take advantage of the world-class trout fishing along these pristine creeks.
- Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
- Elevation Gain: 1900 feet
- Elevation Loss: 900 feet
Today’s terrain offers great challenge and even greater rewards. After a power-packed breakfast, we will break camp and climb up and over a small ridge to descend 900 feet into the top of Rattlesnake Canyon. We will then continue up the drainage gaining almost 2,000 feet to reach the ridge connecting all of the tallest peaks we have been staring up at for the last two days. The view from this height will stun your senses and touch your soul. If we are lucky, we may catch sight of a grizzly turning over rocks along the slopes. Tucked below the ridge, we will devour a hot, tasty meal and camp at 9,000 feet above sea level.
- Hiking Mileage: up to 14 miles
- Elevation Gain: up to 3000 feet
- Elevation Loss: up to 3000 feet
On this morning, we leave our tents where they stand to enjoy a layover day. In bear country, we must always stick together, so as a group, we will decide how much time to spend lounging, fishing, or hiking. If weather and will allows, we have the option to climb (with just daypack weight) for about 6 miles up to Robber’s Roost, the 12,065-foot peak that is so challenging and rewarding to reach, it is often mistaken for Trout Peak. The most adventurous of teams may decide to push on another mile to the unforgettable summit of Trout Peak at 12,244 feet. Rest assured, any amount of hiking along this ridge will add incredible value to the trip.
- Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
- Elevation Gain: 500 feet
- Elevation Loss: 1000 feet
- Shuttle to Bozeman: 3.5 hours
We will enjoy one last hearty breakfast at our alpine campsite before packing up and hitting the trail for one more awe-inspiring day. We will climb up, down, and up again along the ridge in the opposite direction of Trout Peak, adding to the spectrum of panoramas we have enjoyed thus far. This stretch is locally known as the Damnation Trail. Our route will finally leave the ridge just below Pat O’ Hara Peak. Though we’ve spent the better part of 4 days climbing up, we will only have to descend about 1,000 feet to reach our pick-up trailhead. Our friendly driver will shuttle us safely back to Bozeman as we regale them with stories from our adventure. You can generally anticipate being dropped off before 6pm.
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, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.
- 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 Bozeman, Montana
- 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!
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
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.
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
- Emergency communication device(s)
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.
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, 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.
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.
Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.
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.
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.
The standard ratio of guests to guides on this trip is 6 guest and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.
Being a high mountain environment, the Absaroka Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Wyoming’s high country. Rain and wind is always a possibility on your trip. Snow is also possible, though less probable in August. 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:
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Camping on Backpacking Trips
Sleeping on backpacking trips is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.
Fresh & Delicious
Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.
In the Action
Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.