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Lamar River Adventure

Highlights

  •   River valleys & vast meadows
  •   Abundant wildlife habitat
  •   Backcountry thermal features
  •   Moderate hiking in pristine country
  •   Hike in comfort with just a light pack
  •   Top-notch service & wonderful llamas!


Description

This trip has been discontinued - apologies for any inconvenience.
This trip is a fantastic choice for guests looking to explore Yellowstone's signature river valleys, vast meadows, wildlife habitat, and backcountry thermals. We'll spend days soaking up the magic of Yellowstone's pristine and fascinating backcountry where the Snake Indians once lived and hunted, and where early trappers thrived in the 19th century.

If you're a fisherman this is a great trip for trout fishing, and we should have time in the afternoons to wet a line. If your main focus is seeing wildlife, this is a great choice for that too (wildlife is of course never guaranteed). This is also a fantastic family trip.

Permits
Due to Yellowstone's permit system, which issues backcountry hiking and camping permits on March 1st each year, it's beneficial to register before February 28th of the year you'd like to hike with us. Give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more!

Wildland Llamas
This trip is operated by Wildland Llamas, an authorized stock outfitter in Yellowstone National Park. Wildland Llamas is a separate, partner company of WIldland Trekking with partially shared ownership, guide teams, and infrastructure.

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Multi-day Llama Trek
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Origin: Jackson, WY*
4 days
27.7mi / 44.5km
$1855 Per Person

† Taxes & Fees

* Travel Logistics

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 3-4 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 300 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 200 feet
This Yellowstone llama trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. We'll shuttle past Teton National Park, where the Tetons' towering, jagged peaks and the perfect oxbows of the Snake River frame our views to the west. We'll enter Yellowstone and continue to our trailhead. After prepping the llamas and doing an orientation we'll hit the trail.

Today's hike takes us across the wide open expanse of the Lamar Valley and up the Lamar River past some classic Yellowstone thermal activity. The Lamar Valley is famous for its wildlife, particularly bison and wolves. We'll keep an eye out for animals while we hike and discuss some of the flora we're seeing as well - wildflowers, grasses, bushes, some edible and some with medicinal uses. The views from Lamar Valley are beautiful as we can see far up the valley to side canyons, rocky cliffs, and distant alpine ridges.

We'll camp not far from the Lamar River and continue to keep an eye out for wildlife. Once camp is set up we will head up Cache Creek or down to the Lamar River for some sightseeing and/or fishing. We'll cap our first day of with some great backcountry cooking and a good night's sleep.
Day 2
  • Hiking Distance: up to 7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 200 feet
  • Elevation Loss: minimal
We start today with a hearty breakfast. We will leave our llamas at the campsite while we set out on our day hike through the Lamar River Valley. Our hike takes us farther up the Lamar River to Miller Creek. We'll soak up peaceful views of broad river valleys and open meadows, and keep a sharp eye out for wildlife as bison like to frequent this area. We will hike as far as the we can up the Lamar Valley, stopping to enjoy the river and for a picnic lunch. After our day of exploration, we will return to our campsite, check in on the llamas and enjoy another backcountry meal, open sky and campfire (weather permitting).
Day 3
  • Hiking Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 400-600 feet
Today takes us higher into the mountains through Cache Creek with views of the Thunderer. We'll leave the Lamar Valley behind and head up Cache Creek. This is a great wildlife habitat (mountain goats, wolves and bison), the shimmering waters of the creek, interesting flora and pine forests are likely our only companions besides each other. We'll stop along the way to soak up the magic of this wonderful valley and to enjoy trail snacks. We'll feast on a great dinner and sit around a roaring campfire (weather permitting) before turning in for a good night's sleep.
Day 4
  • Hiking Distance: 10 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 850 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 600 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson: 3-4 hours
On our last day in the backcountry, we will get an early start after our last delicious breakfast. We retrace some of our steps hiking back through the Cache Creek area, connecting back to the Lamar Valley, enjoying for the last time the lush meadows, side canyons and rocky cliffs. Eventually we return to our trailhead, de-rig the llamas and shuttle back to Jackson. Perhaps we'll start contemplating our next adventure as the Tetons float past our windows. We'll say our good-byes in Jackson and head off for some much-deserved showers and rest.



Please Note: 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.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food
  • One or more professional, knowledgeable, certified Yellowstone National Park hiking guides
  • 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 Jackson 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!

What's Not Included

  • 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)
See the Packing List 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 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
  • 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 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.


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 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.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You'll meet your hiking guide and group at a predetermined hotel in Jackson, Wyoming for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. The next morning we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before your trip to coordinate the rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have.

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 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.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, training in llama-handling, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size

The standard ratio of guests to guides on llama trips is 1 guide for 1-4 guests; 2 guides for 5-8 guests; and 3 guides for 9-10 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.


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°

Camping on Llama Hiking Trips

backpacking tent

Backcountry Sleeping

Tent Camping

Sleeping on llama treks 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.

backpacking meals

Backcountry Cuisine

Fresh & Delicious

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your trekking 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.

backpacking campsites

Amazing Campsites

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 llama trekking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

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