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Yellowstone National Park, WY

With Hot Springs

Aug 4 - Aug 11, 2018 -- $1400 ★★, Only 3 Spots Left

This is the section of the website that attempts to describe the magnitude of Yellowstone National Park in order to convince you that it's a destination you should visit with us. Really, just Google it and you will be overwhelmed by videos, websites and images about the Park, its geysers, grizzly bears, thundering rivers, big skies and ubiquitous bison.


Our trek will start near the South entrance of the park and traverse the popular Heart Lake area where swimming is heated by natural thermal features. Plus, we will have two opportunities to soak in hot springs on the first and last day of backpacking.



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 60s & 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. While there is typically not much rain, it can happen at any time along with violent thunder and lightning. Here is the historical August weather.



Trip Leaders

Danielle Piscatelli
Chris Frey


Cost

$1400 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Jackson Hole, personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities.


Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, campground fees, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park Permits, National Park entrance fees, insurance, and 2 awesome guides.



Difficulty

The trails through Yellowstone National Park are well groomed with good footing and moderate elevation gain and loss (although it may not seem like that while hiking). The mileages are moderate and there will be plenty of daylight which gives us plenty of time to complete our daily mileage and relax in camp.



Important Notes


Because of the limited availability and high cost of hotel rooms in Jackson, a single supplement is not available for this trip. You will be sharing a hotel room with 1 or 2 others.



Fatpacking prohibits firearms on this (and all) trips. This is not only our requirement but also a requirement of Yellowstone National Park. However, you may bring bear spray (pepper spray) as there are both black bears and grizzly bears in the park. You will not be able to fly with bear spray however.


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Itinerary


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Drive or fly into Jackson Hole Airport (JAC). The best time to arrive is between around Noon-3PM. However, if you can save a substantial amount on your flight by arriving at say, 11AM or 5PM, then do so.


Text or call us and we will pick you up at the airport and bring you to a local hotel (TBD)


Equipment shakedown. We go through all your stuff to make sure you're properly outfitted for the trip.


Trail mix distribution


"Before" measurements taken


Go to Teton Mountaineering, 170 N Cache Dr, Jackson, WY 83001, (307) 733-3595 for last minute or forgotten equipment. Please note, there are several other fine options in town to buy or rent gear.


Go out for a group dinner (not included in trip cost)



Sunday, August 5, 2018

Second set of "before" measurements taken


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage.


Free Hotel Breakfast


Shuttle to Yellowstone National Park (about 1.5 hours)


Pickup backcountry permits at Ranger Station and watch a park video required for backcountry travel


Shuttle to Old Faithful Geyser. Eat lunch and/or tour around the area until geyser does its thing.


Begin Day-Hiking, elevation 7350'.


Day-Hike 4.9 round trip miles on the Observation Point Loop and Morning Glory Loop


This day-hike will take us past Solitary Geyser, the Lion Group, Liberty Pool, Sawmill Geyser, Spasmodic Geyser, Grand Geyser (hopefully it will erupt), Turban Geyser, Beauty Pool, Chromatic Pool, Oblong Geyser, Giant Geyser, Grotto Geyser, Riverside Geyser, Fan Geyser, Mortar Geyser, Spiteful Geyser, Morning Glory Pool, Chain Lakes, Round Spring and Castle Geyser.


Shuttle to Grant Village Frontcountry Campground


Camp at Grant Village Campground either in Hiker / Biker site, full site or group site (Site numbers TBD)


Miles today: 4.9. Total miles: 4.9


Monday, August 6, 2018

Shuttle to South Boundary Trailhead (8K7) on South Entrance Road, elevation 6900'


Start hiking. Immediately ford the Snake River less than 1/4 mile from the trailhead.


Hike 4.7 miles on the South Boundary Trail to Snake Hot Springs


Drop packs and take some time to soak in the hot springs


Hike 0.7 miles on the South Boundary Trail to Campsite 8C1, elevation 7500'


There is an awesome hot spring nearby


Camp at Campsite 8C1, elevation 7500'


Miles today: 5.4. Total miles: 10.3


Possible bailout: South Entrance Road


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Hike 0.3 miles on the South Boundary Trail to the Heart Lake Trail, elevation 7000'.


Hike 2.7 miles on the South Boundary Trail to the Snake River Cutoff Trail, elevation 7100'


Turn left and ford the Snake River


Hike 3.3 miles on the Snake River Cutoff Trail to the Snake River Canyon Trail, elevation 7150'


Hike 0.2 miles to Campsite 8C4


Camp at Campsite 8C4, elevation 7150'


Miles today: 6.5. Total miles: 16.8


Possible bailout: No good options


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Hike 2.4 miles on the Snake River Canyon Trail to the Heart River trail, elevation 7300'


Hike 2.4 miles on the Heart River trail (fording the Snake River) to campsite 8C5


Ford the Snake River again


Camp at Campsite 8C5, elevation 7300'


Miles today: 4.8. Total miles: 21.6


Possible bailout: Two days distant from here


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hike 0.1 miles to the Fox Creek Trail, elevation 7300'


Hike 3.1 miles on the Heart River Trail / Continental Divide Trail to the Trail Creek Trail, elevation 7450'


Hike 2.6 miles on the Trail Creek Trail / Continental Divide Trail to Campsite 8J1, elevation 7300'


Camp at Campsite 8J1, elevation 7450'


Miles today: 5.8. Total miles: 27.4


Possible bailout: South Entrance Road


Friday, August 10, 2018

Hike 1.7 miles on the Trail Creek Trail / Continental Divide Trail to the Heart Lake Trail, elevation 7450'


Hike 1.5 miles on the Heart Lake Trail / Continental Divide Trail to some hot spring (on the left), elevation 7500'


Hike 6.0 miles on the Heart Lake Trail / Continental Divide Trail to the Heart Lake Trailhead (8N1) elevation 7881'


End of hiking

Miles today: 9.2. Total miles: 36.6


Possible bailout: South Entrance Rd.


Shuttle back to Jackson Hole. Check into local hotel (TBD)


Your stuff will be transported here shortly after we arrive


After measurements taken


Dinner (not included in trip cost) and awards ceremony


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

We will shuttle everyone to the airport early in the morning. If you have a later flight and don't want to be dropped off early in the morning, you are on your own to get to the airport.


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