Green Lakes Llama Trek

Jackson, WY
5.0 (3 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • High Alpine Campsites
  • Astounding Geologic History
  • High Country Day Hikes
  • Breathtaking Wildflowers
  • Llama Trail Companions
  • Pristine Creeks & Rivers
  • 4 Alpine Lakes

Description

A fantastic 3-day or 4-day backcountry trek, the Green Lakes can be easily modified to fit almost any group’s desires. The Green Lakes area has plenty of hiking for an extended trip and also offers impressive day hikes from our base camp. The backdrop to our camp is a vast, open meadow with amazing views of the Teton Range rising to the east. (Picture the sunrise spreading over the Tetons as you eat some of the finest backcountry cuisine available!)

On this trip we hike along Badger creek to alpine basins filled with lush grass and multiple large lakes at an elevation of 9,450+ feet. We will camp near Green Lake, with beautiful Green Mountain towering above the lake. Our llama companions carry our camping gear, food, and other supplies and add a great deal of enjoyment to our trip for most guests. From camp we have the option of many different day hikes and also at the right time of day the opportunity to catch a trout jumping in the many lakes around the alpine basin. It truly is a site to see!

This trip is operated by Wildland Llamas, an authorized backpacking and llama outfitter in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

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$2095 Per Person
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$2275 Per Person
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Trip Type: Llama Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-12 Guests
Trip Length: 3-4 Days
Distance: 22+MI / 35+KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip has moderate-strenuous distances and elevation gains. The trail to Green Lakes is steep, and as it drops into the Green Lakes basin, the trail switchbacks on a very steep hillside, with loose rock and tight turns. If we hike to the top of Crows Nest, there is increased ruggedness and exposure. Many groups turn back before the top.

Hiking Distances:

5-8 mi

Backpack Weight:

10-20 lbs

Terrain:

Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

2150 ft

Heights Exposure:

Light

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-20 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain (increased if we go to the top of Crows Nest, optional)
  • Hiking with light heights exposure (increased if we go to the top of Crows Nest, optional)

SOLITUDE LEVEL 4

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Tetons llama trek a solitude 4. You can expect to see a couple other groups of hikers per day.

This trip begins and ends in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson has an airport served by United, Delta, and American Airlines. A Black Car Service (307-413-2572) provides private airport shuttles (advance reservations are recommended.)

You can also fly into:

  • Idaho Falls – small, more affordable airport; can meet your guide in Driggs, ID instead of Jackson; requires a car rental
  • Salt Lake City – Salt Lake Express (800-356-9796 or 208-656-8824) and Alltrans (800-652-9510) offer daily shuttles (4.5 hours). Advance reservations required.

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.75
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.25
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.5 hours from Jackson
  • Hiking Distance: 8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2150 feet

This Jedediah Smith Wilderness Llama Trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson Hole (custom trips can also originate from Driggs or Victor, ID). We’ll drive up and over famous Jackson Pass and down into the beautiful Driggs Valley before arriving at our trailhead. Once at the trailhead we’ll pack the gear on the llamas and begin our 7-8 mile trek to our camp site nestled in an alpine basin below Green Mountain. Be prepared for a long, stunning day of hiking, with over two thousand feet of elevation gain to the Green Lake region where we’ll set up camp. From our base camp there is so much to explore and see. From wildflowers to deer and the rising sun over the Tetons this camp site is one of the best in the Tetons.

After setting up camp, exploring, soaking up the natural beauty of this place, and possibly some guests wetting a line in Green Lake, we’ll get a roaring campfire going and settle in camp for a much deserved feast!

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 680+ feet

Today we’ll start with a hearty breakfast and steaming hot cups of coffee, tea or hot chocolote as we watch morning vapor rise off of Green Lake. Today features a hike that takes us 6 miles round trip from our camp to Crow’s Nest, a spectacular vantage point to view the Grand Teton and surrounding mountains and valleys. Our route provides some fun scrambling with only moderate elevation gain. At the top we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning views of the surrounding mountains ranges and three different states: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. This is an extremely scenic lunch location so make sure to pack your camera and feel free to soak in the light breeze and solitude while your llamas get their much earned rest.

After lunch we will descend back to camp and have a few hours to enjoy the lake and the area around camp. This is another great window for some fishing for anyone interested. We’ll enjoy another bountiful dinner and campfire before turning in for some much deserved sleep.

Day 3 (4-Day Trip Only)

  • Hiking Distance: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 750 feet

On Day 3 of the 4-day itinerary we will hike to “Popsicle Lake,” a name coined by a local outfitter. This hike is approximately 5 miles round trip and tops out on an open ridgeline at about 10,000 feet. Popsicle Lake straddles the high divide, separating the Jedediah Smith Wilderness and Grand Teton National Park. From the divide, looking east, Moran Canyon plummets towards Jackson Lake. This is one of our favorite day hikes in the Jedediah Smith – it is absolutely spectacular! The views simply can’t be beat, and with llama companions to help carry refreshing beverages and our lunch menu there isn’t a better place to be in the summer season.

Final Day

  • Hiking Distance: 8 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 2150 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson: 1.5 hours

Today our journey comes to an end but not without some more views, great hiking, llama hugs, and a wonderful backcountry breakfast shared by all before our descent. Watching the sun come up over the Tetons and trout enjoying a sunrise meal at the surface of the lake encourages reflection as we contemplate the beauty of the backcountry. Everything just feels right out here. Once we are loaded up and ready to hike it’s all downhill as they say. But that’s not necessarily accurate on this adventure. There are the 14 switchbacks up to “Blister Ridge.” From there, it’s all downhill to the trailhead. We usually arrive about 3:30 pm, and from there we will unload, share some laughs about our journey and drive back to Jackson Hole for our final good byes.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use) – or bring your own.
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming 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 communication device (InReach Explorer or 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 (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

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, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • 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
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

Your guide will conduct a virtual orientation meeting (via conference call) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins to review the packing list, communicate the first day’s logistics and answer any last minute questions you have. Your guide will give you the phone number for this call during the pre-trip contact approximately 10 days before your trip start date.

Early on the morning of Day 1 your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Driggs, Idaho; or Victor, Idaho.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

You can expect the first day’s pick-up time to be between 5 and 7 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Weather in Northern Wyoming

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)
MonthHighLow
June70°42°
July80°47°
August78°45°
September68°37°

Accommodations

Accommodations

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 synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

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.

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.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (3 reviews)
Megan D.
5.0

Exceptional Trip

3 years ago

Laura, Ben and the llamas made our trip exceptional. Laura was smart, professional and gracious. Ben was friendly, a great conversationalist and also very knowledgeable. And we loved the llamas, they made the trip for us! We we always felt safe and well fed. Great job Laura and Ben!

Becky C.
5.0

Our Trip was Perfect

3 years ago

We didn’t get to Green Lake because it was snowed in, but our trip was perfect. Laura and Ben couldn’t have been any better as guides or chefs. We were very well cared for. The llamas were a joy to be around. (Well, okay, Boone was a bit ornery, but he sure made us laugh!)

Madison W.
5.0

Amazing Experience

4 years ago

Had an amazing experience, both Sam and Laura were excellent guides and made the experience wonderful!

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