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Jackson Hole
Gros Ventres
Granite Creek
Wyoming Backpacking
Jackson Hole Backpacking
Guided Treks
Hiking Vacation
Granite Creek Backpack

July 8-11 Gros Ventre

Highlights

  •   Pristine, lush river valleys
  •   Day hike to alpine ridge
  •   Amazing BIG mountain views
  •   Wonderful, rejuvenating solitude
  •   Potential to see wildlife
  •   Pristine campsites
  •   Refreshing Granite Hot Springs

Description

If you're looking to pack a lot of fun into a short backpacking trip outside Jackson Hole, this one is a great choice! This 4-day trek features an amazing amount of hiking, scenery, and diversity. It is a fantastic early summer trip (July) and a fantastic one for wildflowers and wildlife. There is an abundance of deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, fox, wolves, bears, birds of prey and other wildlife in these mountains! We will be in truly spectacular country while we learn the fine art of mountain backpacking!

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Intro to Backpacking
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Jackson, WY
4 days
22mi / 35km
$1150 Per Person

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BACKPACKER Intro to Backpacking Courses

About Intro to Backpacking Courses
BACKPACKER Courses

Wildland Trekking and BACKPACKER Magazine have teamed up to offer these exceptional 4-day courses that introduce future backpackers to the art of wilderness travel! These trips are all-inclusive, which means gear, meals, instructors, transportation, permits...etc. are provided. Follow the packing list you receive during registration for information on clothing and personal items, and then let us take care of the rest! Learning to backpack from experts vastly increases safety and enjoyment while decreasing the learning curve. And who better to do it with than America's premier backpacking magazine and backpacking guide company working together!

What You Will Learn
BACKPACKER Adventures

This course covers the fundamentals of backpacking which includes gear packing, gear management, route planning, map reading, menu planning, cooking, bear safety, Leave No Trace practices, river crossings, heat management, cold management, basic 1st aid and more! You won't know everything there is to know, as your development as a backpacker will continue indefinitely, but the goal is for you to be ready to backpack on your own after this course and begin that journey!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 45 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 890 feet

Today’s hike into the mountains take us up the beautiful Granite Creek. We’ll hike in and out of lush mixed conifer forests, through stunning meadows, and along the banks of the creek, always keeping an eye out for wildlife. It’s a favorite hangout for moose and we’ll keep a constant eye out for them.

We’ll make camp at the edge of a meadow overlooking Granite Creek. Once camp is set up we’ll conduct a few classes, and leave a bit of down time for relaxing and exploring. The evening will be spent around a campfire (weather permitting) with a hearty backcountry dinner as the fading light of the late, northern sunset settles in the west.

Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,500 feet

Today we'll enjoy a stunningly beautiful hike along Granite Creek as it ascends into the subalpine zone. Our route takes us further upstream along Granite Creek to subalpine forests and lush meadows. Our destination is Turquoise Lake, a charming lake tucked into the high country of these spectacular mountains. We'll set up camp and have a couple hours to enjoy the lake and surrounding area. You can soak up the high altitude sun rays from the shores of the lake, wet a line (for those who like to fish), go on wildflower walks, take photographs, or just relax. We'll reconvene for a roaring campfire (weather permitting) and fantastic dinner to cap off this amazing day.

Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: varies
  • Elevation Loss: varies

Today’s itinerary will will include morning classes, after which we’ll break camp, pack up and start back down Granite Creek. Once again we’ll camp somewhere along Granite Creek.

Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: varies
  • Elevation Loss: varies
  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 1.5 hours

We’ll enjoy a big breakfast and relaxing morning before leisurely breaking camp. Today’s hike takes us back down Granite Creek to the trailhead. Once back at the trailhead, PAGE $3 you’ll have an opportunity to soak at Granite Hot Springs, which is a developed hot spring pool in a picturesque valley, while the guide gets the trailers and llamas loaded. Soak your tired muscles in steaming, thermal-fed water while you reflect on the past four days. Once the guide is finished loading up and everyone has finished soaking, we’ll shuttle back to Jackson for the conclusion of our journey.




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.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 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
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Jackson Hole hiking guide
  • 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 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

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, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and 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 water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. 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, 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. Also, please be sure and pack a swimsuit and towel for our post-trip soak at Granite Hot Springs.

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? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 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 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 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.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on backpacking trips is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 12 guests and 2 guides. 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.

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 Around Yellowstone

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°

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