Jackson Hole Backpacking Photos
Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.5 hours
Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
This Greater Yellowstone backpacking trip
begins at a remote trailhead in a wild corner of Wyoming approximately 90 minutes from Jackson Hole. We will have a relatively relaxed day one as we hike 4 miles up a pristine valley, set up camp and prepare for a peak climb tomorrow. Time permitting we may hike up to a pass for a view, go search for animals, or simply relax and enjoy sitting around a fire at camp near stunning Roosevelt meadows.
Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 2450 feet
Elevation Loss: 2450 feet
We will leave camp set up today, which gives us an opportunity to climb as far up Hoback peak as weather and fitness permits. This will take us past a valley named Bare Hole, which although this is very rugged terrain, is not quite like it sounds as a "hole" is a local reference to a valley floor. We'll actually be traversing a stunning alpine valley with mountain views in all directions. We have the chance to enjoy lunch on a high ridge and look for animals or to go for the summit attempt if the group is up for it.
Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Day 3 starts with a big backcountry breakfast before we break camp and begin our day's hike. Today we head onto a seldom-traveled trail and leave the few people that ever travel into the Wyoming Range behind. Climbing high onto Cliff Creek Pass we will hike through high mountain meadows with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges, including the crumbling Gros Ventre's, the towering granite spires and glaciers of the Wind Rivers, and even an occasional glimpse of the Tetons from a perspective very few people ever experience.
Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Elevation Loss: 750 feet
We venture on to trails that see little use today, passing Horse Haven Meadows, and have the chance to head up to several mountain passes and enjoy the views in the neighboring peaks of the Wyoming range including the Grayback Ridge and Clause Peak. We end our day in an amazing meadow above Cliff Creek Falls, a stunning double waterfall that totals over 200 feet in height.
Tonight is a celebratory dinner as it's our last night in the wilderness. We'll soak up the peace and quiet of the Wyoming Range, views of the brilliant star-filled sky, the sounds of Cliff Creek and the falls, and conversation with our trail companions before turning in for one last good night's sleep.
Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Elevation Loss: 600 feet
Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 1.5 hours
After pack up one more time, our last day's trek begins as we hike down beautiful Cliff Creek. Our hike is consumed by views of the creek as it twists down a valley laden with pristine forests and wildflowers. We will hike past towering cliffs (the namesakes of Cliff Creek), whose rock ranges from bright reds to tan, and we may see the occasional snow patch still clinging to the hillsides. We'll eventually reach our ending trailhead and nostalgically say goodbye to these amazing mountains before shuttling back to Jackson Hole for much deserved showers and hotel rooms.
: 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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, 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
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
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
. 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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)