Yellowstone is a place so powerful that descriptions were initially met with disbelief by skeptical Easterners. Convinced by explorers and artists, America eventually invented the concept of a National Park system to - the first of its kind - protect it.
On this six-day adventure you will feel the active supervolcano that makes Yellowstone home to half of the world's geysers. You’ll hike the quietest sections of the park's backcountry, home to bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and bears. You will float on the Snake River through the stunning grandeur of Grand Teton National Park. And your band of adventurers will share an experience that is almost unbelievable.
Welcome to historic and unforgettable Jackson Hole, Wyoming! Your guide will pick you up from the airport and transport you to your hotel, conveniently located in downtown Jackson. You will have the opportunity to pick up any forgotten clothing or gear in one of the town's many outdoor shops. In the afternoon, you will have the option to hike up Snow King Mountain, a local favorite. In the evening, you'll join your fellow travelers at a team dinner.
On the morning of your second day, you'll drive through Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone. As you journey through the Hayden Valley, you'll be met by bison, elk, and pronghorn. Inspired by wildlife, we'll take to the trails of Mount Washburn. The trail's switchbacks continue to offer views over all of Yellowstone and you may even spot bighorn sheep grazing on the slopes of the high peak. From the summit, you'll have the best views in the park, making the 1,400 feet in elevation gain worth the effort. The evening will be spent telling local ghost stories under the stars at Canyon Village Camp.
On the morning of your third day, you'll descend into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone along Seven Mile Hole trail. As you lose elevation, you'll pass through pine forests, meadows and geothermal features before finding yourself in the rainbow-colored canyon along the Yellowstone River. From the Canyon, you'll have views of Mount Washburn, with excellent chances of seeing wildlife. You'll make your way out of the canyon and the evening will be spent eating s'mores by the campfire in Canyon Village Camp. (Meals: B, L, D)
No trip to Yellowstone is complete without experiencing Old Faithful, a geyser named after its frequent and predictable eruptions. But this isn't the only iconic feature of the park you'll see today. We'll also take an easy walk to the Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook then continue on to Fairy Falls, which is the park's tallest front-country waterfall. Along the way, we'll stop at several backcountry geothermal features. The evening will be spent camping in style at Under Canvas in West Yellowstone. (Meals: B, L, D)
Some say the Grand Tetons are the most beautiful mountain range in all of North America. On your morning hike to Taggart Lake, you'll see for yourself. The moderate trail crosses streams and alpine meadows as it gradually presents views of the Grand Teton, towering 13,770 feet above sea level. Your midpoint on the morning hike is a pristine, glacially-carved alpine lake. In the afternoon, you'll enjoy a float trip down the Snake River. During your two-hour float, you will travel through forests and meadows where you can spot wildlife including the bald eagle. The day concludes back in Jackson where you will enjoy your last evening in the Cowboy State. (Meals: B, L, D)
Sleeping Bag, rated 30 degrees or lower (available to rent for an additional fee)
Sleeping Pad (available to rent for an additional fee)
Water bottles or Camelbak, 3L total minimum capacity
Small towel or facecloth
Hiking boots, waterproof with sturdy soles
Wool hiking socks, multiple pairs
Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
Long pant base layer (synthetic and moisture wicking)
Light synthetic shirt or tank for warmer days
Hiking pants or shorts (at least one pair should be long pants)
Insulating mid layers (fleece jacket or vest, down jacket)
Waterproof, windproof shell
Casual clothes for camp
Casual clothes for dinners at lodges or travel to town
Transport between airport and hotel
All park and camp fees
All ground transportation, beginning and ending with airport arrival and departure
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Does not Include
Some meals before and after trek
Tips for your guides
Personal gear or clothing for the trek is not provided but is available to rent.
We suggest that you arrive to Jackson Hole International Airport (JAC) between 10 am and 2 pm on day one of the itinerary and depart between 10 am and 2 pm on the final day. Your Discover Outdoors guide will pick you up to transport you to your hotel and return you to the airport at the end of your trip. If you arrive outside of the suggested hours, a complimentary transfer cannot be guaranteed, but we can help you arrange transportation.
Expect daytime temperatures in the 60s and 70s - sometimes lower at higher elevations. You should be prepared for temperatures as low as freezing at night.
This trip does not require technical climbing skills or experience. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking on rugged trails, particularly up and down steep hills, while carrying weight. The difference in difficulty while carrying the weight of a fully loaded backpack can sometimes come as a surprise to hikers, so you are encouraged to try challenging day hikes.
Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if this form and intensity of exercise is new. For three days a week, focus on an hour or more of aerobic exercise such as running, cycling, swimming, etc. Gym equipment such as stairmasters and rowing machines can supplement cardiovascular training. Day hikes or other longer endeavors will help you prepare for the endurance required for a backpacking trip. Carrying a 20 to 30 pound pack uphill on trails or stadium steps will simulate the real climb better than anything. Lifting moderate weights to increase core body, leg, and arm strength is also essential for injury prevention.
Upon registration, a member of the DO team will consult on your experience and fitness and recommend a regimen for training.
Why this trip?
This is the perfect trip for experienced hikers looking for a challenging backcountry experience. We recommend this trip for participants who have a moderate to high level of fitness and basic outdoor skills. Previous backpacking experience and exposure to alpine conditions is helpful but is not required. Those will a base level of fitness are encouraged to train for about three months prior to the trip.
Dates and Prices
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Jun 18, 2020
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Sep 3, 2020
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