- Shuttle from Bozeman: 3-hour drive
- Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,345 feet
This Yellowstone Hiking Tour
begins with a stop at Mammoth Hot Springs before we continue on to Bunsen Peak. Mammoth Hot Springs consists of a collection of hot springs and travertine terraces that are uniquely spectacular, even by Yellowstone standards. The travertine terraces formed over thousands of years of heavy calcium carbonate deposition from waters flowing through a limestone fault line. After enjoying the Mammoth Terraces we’ll drive a short distance up the road for a hike up Bunsen Peak. From its summit we’ll have incredible views of Gardiners Hole, Swan Lake Flat, Mammoth and Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin, and most impressive of all - Electric Peak.
- Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,384 feet
Today’s hike is one of the most beautiful in the park, a hike to the summit of Mt. Washburn at over 10,000 feet.
The trail to the summit travels through picturesque subalpine parkland where wildflowers abound.
Bighorn sheep are sometimes seen grazing in nearby meadows. This is one of the only places in the park where
hikers can get close up views and photos of the majestic sheep as they are habituated to the presence of hikers.
It is a steady climb over 3 miles to the summit where we'll have a tremendous view of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
- a giant rift in a landscape of forested hills. Other sites include Yellowstone Lake, the Teton Range, Electric Peak,
and an overall sense that the entire park stretches out below your feet.
Following this beautiful hike, we'll drive to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for a short stroll out to Artist
Point for one of the more phenomenal waterfall views in North America - the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River.
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is an amazing feature at 20 miles long, 1,200 feet deep, and a mere 4,000 feet
in width on average. It was formed approximately 10,000 years ago when a large glacial ice dam in Hayden Valley burst,
flooding the canyon and creating the two thunderous waterfalls and multicolored canyon walls it is known for.
- Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 1400 feet
Today we are exploring Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake above 7000 feet in North America, and also a body of water that partially fills the amazing caldera of the Yellowstone super volcano. Our first hike is to the top of an elevated ridge with spectacular views of Yellowstone Lake. The trail begins in an old growth lodge pole pine forest mixed with spruce and fir, an area also frequented by grizzly bears.
After a mile of relatively mild uphill, we will climb a series of steeper switchbacks to gain the top of the ridge. Flecks of black obsidian will glitter beneath your feet. The ascent culminates to an awe-inspiring bird’s eye view of iconic Yellowstone Lake. We will relax for a snack and identify many prominent landmarks from our perch, before making our trek back down toward our trailhead.
Our next hike is a 2.3-mile loop that takes us to a stunning vista of the largest lake above 7000 feet in North America.
In spring, the lakeshore is a corridor for Grizzly bears. The hike begins at Indian Pond, a favorite locale for Bison,
and continues through a lodge pole pine forest to a bluff overlooking the picturesque shore of this hydrothermal fed lake.
Before completing our loop, we will walk past enormous boulders, which are home to a colony of Yellow-bellied Marmots.
If we are lucky, we may see one basking in the sun.
- Hiking Mileage: appx 7 miles
- Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
Yellowstone is home to 60% of the world's geysers and most of them can be found in the Upper Geyser Basin, including Old Faithful itself. Walking the boardwalks, we'll experience the basins' diverse array of geysers from thin fountains to massive eruptions. It is an impressive scene.
If the group is so inclined we'll continue through Biscuit Basin to Mystic Falls, a lengthy cascade on the Little Firehole River. The hike can be turned into a loop during which we ascend a plateau that overlooks the Old Faithful Geyser Basin. Once on the plateau, we'll stop to enjoy the fantastic views of geysers erupting from afar.
- Hiking Mileage: 6.6 miles
- Elevation Change: minimal
The final day of our journey will be a beautiful hike along the
aptly named Firehole River to the largest backcountry geyser
in the park: Lonestar Geyser. After
appreciating a beautiful waterfall called Kepler Cascades at
the trailhead we'll commence our 2.7-mile hike to the geyser.
Lonestar is found in a clearing surrounded by dense forest; it
erupts from a shed-sized cream colored mound. At full tilt it
sprays scalding water 30-45 feet into the air. The geyser erupts
every 3 hours and a log book is kept nearby so that we'll know
when the next eruption will occur. It is a good place for lunch
to await the geyser's eruption.
After lunch and watching/photographing the the eruption of Lonestar Geyser, we will enjoy our hike back to the trailhead. Our final stop on this tour is a must-see highlight of Yellowstone. A short hike (1.2 miles round trip) takes to an overlook of the stunning Grand Prismatic Spring. The Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the United States and one of the most iconic features in the park.
We will conclude our trip with a shuttle back to Bozeman and fond farewells. What a week it's been!
: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.
- 4 nights of lodging at Canyon Lodge & Cabins, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and/or Lake Yellowstone Hotel.
- Top-of-the-line daypack and trekking poles
- All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
- A professional, knowledgeable, certified Yellowstone hiking guide
- Double-occupancy lodging at 3 different lodges in and around Yellowstone National Park (single occupancy requires an additional single supplement)
- Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Bozeman, Montana to Yellowstone and back
- Entrance fees and national park permits
- Bear safety equipment including bear spray cannisters
- 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.
We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day's activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. For dinners, we'll visit local restaurants you're sure to enjoy!
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
- Deuter or Osprey backpacks
- Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
- Bear spray cannisters
- 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 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
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? 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!
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. For Private Yellowstone Tours, you also have the option to originate your trip in West Yellowstone.
Check out our Travel Resources
page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.
Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.
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 this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 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, Yellowstone is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Yellowstone. On the Spring/Fall Trekking Adventure 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 in Yellowstone:
|Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)