Heart Lake to Snake River
Yellowstone National Park, WY5.0 (40 reviews)
- Point to Point Thru-hike
- Summit Mount Sheridan
- Hot Springs & Thermals
- Wildland Habitat
- Deep Wilderness
- Lakeshore Camping
- Guides Choice Trip
This Yellowstone backpacking trip features an amazing array of classic Yellowstone highlights in a remote, backcountry setting. Highlights include possible wildlife sightings (never guaranteed), spectacular views, deep wilderness, a peak ascent, lakeside camping, wonderful hiking, thermal features and more! This trip is also a point-to-point thru-hike, so we see all new scenery every day.
We’ll explore one of Yellowstone National Park‘s largest lakes, whose shores and waters host a fantastic variety of wildlife including elk, deer, moose, wolves, coyotes, fox, grizzly bears, black bears, swans, pelicans and more (again, wildlife sightings not guaranteed.) We’ll traverse Witch Creek, a steaming, thermal-fed stream that empties into Heart Lake. On the slopes and summit of Mount Sheridan we’ll enjoy some of the biggest and best views in Yellowstone. Then remote, vast meadows, the famous Snake River, a thermal creek we can soak in (time permitting), and more great wildlife country round out this trip and make it one our guides’ favorites!
Need to Know: March 1st Permits
Due to Yellowstone’s permit system, which issues backcountry hiking and camping permits on March 1st each year, it’s beneficial to register before February 28th of the year you’d like to hike with us. Give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more!
$1595 Per Person
$1815 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
The 4-day version of this trip is Level 4 difficulty, the 5-day version is Level 3 difficulty. This trip is on mostly well-traveled trails, with two crossings of the Snake River. The first is fairly easy, the second is wide and on a cobble surface, but shallow. The final approach to the summit of Mt. Sheridan is along a ridge with very steep hillsides and drop-offs along the trail that are unavoidable, but this section is only about a quarter mile long.
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 7-9 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
- Hiking one short section with moderate heights exposure
- River crossings on slippery rocks
SOLITUDE LEVEL 4
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Yellowstone backpacking trip a solitude 4. You can expect to see no more than a couple of other groups 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.
MINIMUM OF 2 GUESTS
If a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 4-6 weeks before the departure date, and notify guests of changes and options immediately.
Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!
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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