Heart Lake to Snake River
Yellowstone National Park, WY5.0 (35 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!
$1395 Per Person
$1585 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
The 4-day version of this trip is rated Difficulty 4, the 5-day version is rated Level 3.
- Backpack Weight:
- 30-40 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 4.5-10 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 2858 feet day hiking
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 2858 feet day hiking
- Quality of Trails:
- Well maintained
- This trip requires fording the Snake River which can be swift at times. Some of the hiking is also through wetland meadows which can get your boots wet and/or muddy.
- be active and healthy
- regularly exercise vigorously
- be comfortable hiking, biking, running, or swimming for several hours without many breaks
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.