Yellowstone & Grand Teton National ParksAmerica's most dramatic landscapes

Wyoming
Wyoming
6 Days
6 Days
Intensity
4/10
18+
$1,995
$2,095 non-peak member
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About the trip

Immerse yourself in the wilds of North America

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 protect it, the first of its kind.

On this six-day adventure you will feel the active supervolcano that makes Yellowstone home to half the world's geysers. You’ll hike the quietest sections of the parks’ backcountry, home to bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and bears. You will float 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.

Your Guide
Sam Combs
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Itinerary

Arrive in Jackson Hole

Welcome to historic and unforgettable Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Today is yours to arrive at Jackson Hole International Airport (JAC) anytime. 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 the evening, you'll meet your fellow travelers at a team dinner. (Meals: No meals provided)

Hike the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Your first day in Yellowstone National Park begins with a drive to West Thumb, a scenic geyser basin located on the edge of Yellowstone Lake. You will see and learn about Yellowstone's geothermal activity through hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles and lake-side geysers. In the afternoon, you'll explore the trails around The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The hike will take you past hot springs, alpine meadows and of course, the epic canyon and waterfall fed by the Yellowstone River. In the evening, enjoy dinner by campfire at Canyon Village Camp. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 4.2 milesHiking Time: 3 hoursElevation Gain: 380 feet

Morning wildlife, hike Mount Washburn

On the morning of your third day, you'll take a short drive into Lamar Valley for your best chance of spotting bears, wolves, bison, pronghorn and more. Inspired by wildlife, we'll take to the trails of Mount Washburn. As you gain elevation on the trail, you'll have views south to Grand Teton National Park and Hayden Valley. The trail's switchbacks continue to gain you perspective 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 all of the park, making the 1,400 feet in elevation gain worth the effort. The evening will be spent telling stories under the stars at Canyon Village Camp. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 6.4 milesHiking Time: 3.5 hoursElevation Gain: 1,400 feet

Old Faithful, Mystic Falls Hike

No trip to Yellowstone is complete without experiencing Old Faithful, a geyser named after its frequent and predictable eruptions. After lunch, you'll enjoy a moderate trail to Mystic Falls, one of Yellowstone's most beautiful hikes. The evening will be spent camping in style at Under Canvas in West Yellowstone. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 3.5 milesHiking Time: 2.5 hoursElevation Gain: 600 feet

Grand Teton Hike, Float Snake River

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 Taggart Lake, 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)
Hiking Distance: 3.3 milesHiking Time: 2 hoursElevation Gain: 300 feet

Depart Jackson Hole

Today is yours to pick up final souviners and snap photos of historic Jackson Hole. After you've said your farewells, your guide will transport you to the airport. (Meals: B)
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear

  • Backpack, sized 30-40 L
  • Tent (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • 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
  • Headlamp
  • Small towel or facecloth
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Recommended Gear

  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Journal

Wear

Essential Clothing

  • 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
  • Light gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Casual clothes for camp
  • Casual clothes for dinners at lodges or travel to town

Trip Package

Included

  • 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

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • 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.

Flights

You may arrive at Jackson Hole International Airport (JAC) anytime on day one of the itinerary. Your Discover Outdoors guide will pick you up to transport you to your hotel. Departure can be anytime on the final day.

Weather

Expect daytime temperatures in the 50s and 60s - sometimes lower at higher elevations. As nights are short due to extended daylight hours, the nighttime temperature does not typically drop lower than about 40 degrees but you should be prepared for temperatures as low as freezing.

Training

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?

Recommended for...

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.

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Jul 30, 2019
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Aug 4, 2019
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Aug 6, 2019
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Aug 11, 2019
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Aug 22, 2019
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Aug 27, 2019
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Sep 4, 2019
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Sep 9, 2019
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