Lamar Pelican Loop Llama Trek

Yellowstone National Park, WY
5.0 (1 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • River Valleys & Vast Meadows
  • Abundant Wildlife Habitat
  • Backcountry Thermal Features
  • Moderate Hiking In Pristine Country
  • Hike in Comfort With Just a Light Pack
  • Top-notch Service & Wonderful Llamas!

Description

This trip is a fantastic choice for guests looking to explore Yellowstone’s signature river valleys, vast meadows, wildlife habitat, and backcountry thermals. We hike up three connecting river valleys – Lamar River, Miller Creek and Mist Creek to a mountain pass that drops us into the Pelican River Valley.

The views from Mist Creek Pass are breathtaking and stretch all the way to the Tetons, Yellowstone Lake, and Mount Sheridan. We’ll spend days soaking up the magic of Yellowstone’s pristine and fascinating backcountry where the Snake Indians once lived and hunted, and where early trappers thrived in the 19th century.

If you’re a fisherman this is a great trip for trout fishing, and we should have time in the afternoons to wet a line. If your main focus is seeing wildlife, this is a great choice for that too (wildlife is of course never guaranteed).

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5 Days
$2125 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Llama Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 34MI / 55KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

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

Backpack Weight:
10 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
4-10 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
850 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
850 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well-maintained
Additional:
This trip follows well-maintained trails and requires some long days of hiking (up to 10 miles), but only moderate elevation changes.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 8-10 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain

SOLITUDE LEVEL 4

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

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

All Wyoming llama trips begin and end in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole has an airport served by United, Delta, and American Airlines. One can also fly into Salt Lake City and drive to Jackson Hole. It is a 4.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole on good roads.

Shuttle from Jackson Airport to Town

A Black Car Service (307-413-2572) provides private airport transportation. Advance reservations are recommended.

Shuttle from Salt Lake to Jackson

Salt Lake Express (800-356-9796 or 208-656-8824) and Alltrans (800-652-9510) offer daily vans from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole. Advance reservations required.

Montana and Wyoming do not charge sales tax on services, so there is no sales tax for this trip.

All trips in Yellowstone National Park have a 5% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee is applied when your reservation is made and is passed through directly to the national park.

There are no other taxes or fees associated with this trip. Feel free to give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

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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: 3-4 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 300 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 200 feet

This Yellowstone llama trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. We’ll shuttle past Teton National Park, where the Tetons’ towering, jagged peaks and the perfect oxbows of the Snake River frame our views to the west. We’ll enter Yellowstone and continue to our trailhead. After prepping the llamas and doing an orientation we’ll hit the trail.

Today’s hike takes us across the wide open expanse of the Lamar Valley and up the Lamar River past some classic Yellowstone thermal activity. The Lamar Valley is famous for its wildlife, particularly bison and wolves. We’ll keep an eye out for animals while we hike and discuss some of the flora we’re seeing as well – wildflowers, grasses, bushes, some edible and some with medicinal uses. The views from Lamar Valley are beautiful as we can see far up the valley to side canyons, rocky cliffs, and distant alpine ridges.

We’ll camp not far from the Lamar River and continue to keep an eye out for wildlife. Once camp is set up we will head up Cache Creek or down to the Lamar River for some sightseeing and/or fishing. We’ll cap our first day of with some great backcountry cooking and a good night’s sleep.

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 7.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 200 feet
  • Elevation Loss: minimal

We start today with a hearty breakfast, break camp and load up the llamas. Our hike takes us farther up the Lamar River to Miller Creek. We’ll soak up peaceful views of broad river valleys and open meadows, and keep a sharp eye out for wildlife. Most of today will be spent on the trail. Tonight’s camp is at the confluence of the Lamar River and Miller Creek – a majestic spot near vast, open meadows in the bottom of broad valleys.

Both of these rivers are very scenic as they wind down their respective, classic Yellowstone watersheds and make for great feet-soaking and/or fishing.

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 800 feet
  • Elevation Loss: minimal

Today takes us higher into the mountains toward the headwaters of Mist Creek. We’ll leave the Lamar Valley behind and head up Miller Creek. More broad valleys, great wildlife habitat, the shimmering waters of the creek, interesting flora and pine forests are likely our only companions besides each other.

We’ll stop along the way to soak up the magic of this wonderful valley and to enjoy trail snacks. Tonight’s camp is at a pristine spot along Mist Creek. We’ll feast on a great dinner and sit around a roaring campfire before turning in for a good night’s sleep.

Day 4

  • Hiking Distance: 6-8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 800 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1100 feet

Today is a very special day as we’ll be leaving the Lamar/Miller/Mist network of valleys behind and entering into the
famous Pelican River Valley over Mist Creek Pass. Although this entire trip is good for seeing wildlife, today is probably our best chance.

After breaking camp we’ll hike up to the pass and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains that include Pelican Valley, Yellowstone Lake, the West Thumb, Mount Sheridan and the Tetons. We’ll descend into the valley for tonight’s camp not far from the shores of the Pelican River, and enjoy a feast to commemorate our last night in the wilderness.

Day 5

  • Hiking Distance: 7.5-8 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 600 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson: 3.5 hours

Today we wake up to tea or coffee and a tasty breakfast. We will break camp, load up the llamas one more time and continue down the valley to our trailhead. We’ll pass some wonderful geothermal features, including mud pots on today’s hike and keep an eye out for wildlife. Eventually we arrive at our ending trailhead, de-rig the llamas and shuttle back to Jackson.

Perhaps we’ll start contemplating our next adventure as the Tetons float past our windows. We’ll say our good-byes in Jackson and head off for some much-deserved showers and rest.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food
  • One or more professional, knowledgeable, certified Yellowstone National Park hiking guides
  • 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 Jackson 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 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 (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • 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)

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person, either a headlamp or flashlight per person, and a lightweight waterproof stuff sac for your clothes and belongings. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

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!

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

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 Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional Wyoming hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, training in llama-handling, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Group Size

The standard ratio of guests to guides on llama trips is 1 guide for 1-4 guests; 2 guides for 5-8 guests; and 3 guides for 9-10 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Weather Around Yellowstone

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)

Month High Low
June 70° 42°
July 80° 47°
August 78° 45°
September 68° 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 (1 reviews)
Robert B.
5.0

Beyond Expectations

3 years ago

A truly delightful experience for me, my children and their spouses. Our guides were great, they really worked hard to insure our comfort and safety. They took the time to interact with each of us to understood what we wanted from this trip - and then planned the activities to deliver a first rate experience. We had a great time learning the personalities of each llama and really appreciated the 'load' they carried for us! Lastly, the food was way beyond expectations. BB - Jackson Hole

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