Bear Canyon Loop
- Spectacular mountain scenery
- Remote backcountry campsites
- Mountain solitude
- Pristine mountain creeks and rivers
- Peak bagging on 10,000-foot peaks
- Look down into Grand Teton Nat'l Pk
- Loop hike with no backtracking
- Cross historic Dead Horse Pass
This trek takes us high into some of North America's most famous and spectacular mountains - The Tetons. You will earn unique views of the iconic, jagged Teton Peaks, and the valley floors on both the east and west slope of the Tetons. We will be hiking and exploring the high country of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness, which is full of rich heritage and western culture that will come to life for you as we hike.
This trip features amazing, remote camps; mountain rivers and streams; rich wildlife habitat; and two spectacular day hikes to high peaks with stunning views. Additionally, we will trek up and over Dead Horse Pass and down into the locally famous Narrows Meadows. Lastly, with visits to two hidden lakes it's clear it doesn't get much better than this!
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- Shuttle to Trailhead: 75 minutes
- Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
- Elevation Loss: 500 feet
- Elevation Gain: 140 feet
This Tetons backpacking trip begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We'll drive up and over famous Jackson Pass and down into the beautiful Driggs Valley before arriving at our trailhead. After doing a final pack fitting and adjusting trekking poles we'll start on our adventure in the Tetons!
We will begin our hike with a short descent to North Leigh Creek, but make up our elevation as the day goes on. We will end at the beautifully serene Green Lakes Basin where we will make camp for the night.
- Hiking Mileage: 4-5 miles
- Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
- Elevation Loss: 1600 feet
We'll start today with a delicious breakfast, and then set off for an amazing day of hiking! We will wake up early and make miles to our camp just below Dead Horse Pass. Today's hike gains significant elevation in a short amount of mileage as we pick our way through the gorgeous Teton high county and offers magnificent views of the Tetons and surrounding mountain ranges.
We will have a good chance of seeing elk or deer below us in the lush meadows. After a full day of absorbing breath taking views, and creating wonderful memories we head into camp where we will enjoy another wonderful evening and feast of a dinner.
- Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
- Elevation Gain: 1800 feet
- Elevation Loss: 1800 feet
Today's hike is another hard day and we move camp to an adjacent valley. Our destination is Hidden Corral Basin. We will enjoy our lunch on top of the pass and plot our route to our second campsite. After lunch, we will head down the pass to another pristine mountain creek until we reach our camp nestled at the base of a high-country peak and settle in for a much needed night of rest and relaxation after our amazing backcountry dinner.
- Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
- Elevation Gain: 1800 feet
- Elevation Loss: 1800 feet
We will wake for another exciting day of exploration after our delicious breakfast. We will meander through the Bitch Creek Narrows and traverse back south towards Indian Meadows. We will dry camp at Indian Meadows, and likely pick up water where it's available before we make camp for the night. We'll celebrate our last evening in the wilderness with a backcountry feast and a roaring campfire (weather permitting).
- Hiking Mileage: 8.5 miles
- Elevation Loss: 1000 feet
- Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 85 minutes
On our last morning together we will enjoy a tasty breakfast. After our relaxing morning, we will pack up our gear and trek down to our ending trailhead.
The pickup on this trip is variable and your guide will make the decision that best fits your group's fitness. One option is to continue South to our trailhead at Indian Meadows. Another other option is a longer hike south, past Indian Meadows, across Badger Creek, ending at our Day 1 drop-off of North Leigh Creek.
Once at the trailhead, we'll say our good-byes to the peaks, creeks and meadows of the Tetons and drive back to Jackson Hole. With a fond farewell, we'll drop you off at your hotel for much-deserved showers and relaxation.
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 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 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 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.
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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, or up to 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.
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:
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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.