Dates: 6/25 - 30, 2017
(6 days, 5 nights, Sun - Fri)
Assembly Point: Jackson, WY
(airline service to Jackson; Timberline van shuttle to and from Jackson prior to and following tour)
Meeting time: hotel 8:30 am
Drop - off time: 4 pm
Tour Cost: $2,445
(includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, shuttles prior to and following tour, leaders, trail maps & narratives)
Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $400
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, long regarded as the crown jewels among our national parks and a focal point for us since our earliest days, continues to be an integral component in our hiking trips. Our 6-day Yellowstone/Tetons Hike has been structured to capture not only the clearly recognized natural beauty of the Yellowstone Country, but the incredible diversity of this region.
Our hiking tour assembles in Jackson Hole early morning of Day 1 and we’ll van shuttle to Yellowstone National Park. Along the way, we’ll visit Kebler Cascades and hike to Lone Star Geyser, hopefully timed to capture an eruption of this backcountry gem (5 miles). It’s then on to Old Faithful where we’ll explore the fascinating thermal features that surround the Inn, including the famous Old Faithful Geyseritself.
Day 2, we’re off on a 13-mile hike along the Fairy Creek Trail as it meanders through meadows that are prime feeding habitats for bison and elk herds. We’ll hike to Mystic Falls and Imperial Geyser, one of the park’s most active and dramatic thermal features, and then on to Fairy Falls, whose 300-foot drop is among Yellowstone’s highest. The Mystic/Fairy Falls Trail additionally offers substantial testimony to the progressive regeneration of the Yellowstone forests that were decimated by the fires of 1988.
We’ll leave Old Faithful early morning of Day 3 and hike to the summit of Dunraven Pass and the Mt. Washburn trailhead. As you might have guessed, we’re headed to Washburn’s awesome 10,243’ summit (6 miles). Following our encounter with Washburn, we’ll descend to Canyon Village and devote much of the afternoon to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone as we hike along the rim to the various viewpoints of the Upper and Lower Falls. From Canyon, we’ll head to Grand Teton and the beautiful Jackson Lake Lodge, our home for the final three evenings.
Days 4, 5 and 6: you'll have the opportunity to explore and enjoy the Grand Tetons area on any number of self guided hikes. Choose from hiking Death Canyon above Phelps Lake with its spectacular views of the majestic, snowclad spires of the Teton Range (8 miles), hang around and explore the beautiful Jackson Lake Lodge, take the boat across Jenny Lake and walk back to the lodge, hike up the trail to Lake Solitude (14 miles), or take the leisurely hike to Bradley and Taggert Lakes (6 miles). If you’re awed by the beauty of the Tetons from the valley below, you won’t believe that which awaits you along the trail to Solitude–a hike that many consider to be the quintessential Teton experience.
We’ll spend a farewell evening at the Jackson Lake Lodge. We recommend a leisurely hike to Bradley and Taggert Lakes the following day before we enjoy our traditional outdoor barbeque lunch at Dornan’s Ranch. Then our Yellowstone & Grand Tetons National Parks Hiking Tour concludes.
|Day 1||Assemble in Jackson and van shuttle to Yellowstone; hike Lone Star Geyser and
geyser basins surrounding Old Faithful; orientation dinner
|7 - 10 miles|
|Day 2||Fairy Creek Trail - Mystic Falls - Imperial Geyser||13 miles|
|Day 3||Mt. Washburn (a.m.); Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone||6 miles|
|Day 4||Grand Tetons self exploration||up to 10 miles|
|Day 5||Grand Tetons self exploration||up to 14 miles|
|Day 6||Optional - Bradley and Taggert Lakes; BBQ lunch||up to 6 miles|
Total hiking mileage: 56 - 59
Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.