Sportsman Lake Llama Trek

Yellowstone National Park, WY
5.0 (2 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Pristine Valleys & Meadows
  • Spectacular Views
  • Lakeside Camp
  • Hike with Light Daypack
  • Llama Trail Companions
  • Wildlife Viewing Opportunities
  • Dramatic Night Skies

Description

Our Sportsman Lake llama trek offers a diverse experience of Yellowstone’s amazing wilderness. We’ll hike through endless meadows, into deep pine forests, and across alpine ridges, all the while keep our eyes peeled for wildlife such as moose, elk, wolves and bison. Our route takes us into the Gallatin Mountains, named after Albert Gallatin, the longest-serving US Secretary of the Treasury and one of the architects of the important Alaska Boundary Treaty. We’ll have an opportunity to hike the tallest peak in the Gallatins, Electric Peak at nearly 11,000 feet in elevation. And for those not interested in the strenous ascent of Electric Peak, we will still get up high for amazing views at Electric Pass.

Our trek takes us up a pristine mountain valley with a sparkling trout stream winding its way down from the Gallatin Mountains. We hike up over a low pass to our camp at Sportsman Lake, where we spend two nights and have the opportunity to get above treeline. We’ll then descened via a different mountain valley back to our trailhead.

Don’t miss this unforgettable Yellowstone hiking adventure!

Please note: this trip is operated by Wildland Llamas, a separate company from Wildland Trekking. Wildland Llamas is a licensed stock outfitter and guide company in Yellowstone National Park.

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5 Days
$2305 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: 33MI / 53KM

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

Backpack Weight:
10 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
4-12 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
3200 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
3200 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well-maintained and rugged off-trail (optional)
Additional:
This trip is on well-maintained trails except for the Electric Peak summit (optional) which requires rugged off-trail hiking.

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 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 300 feet

This Yellowstone llama trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. We’ll shuttle to the northwest corner of Yellowstone at the foot of the spectacular Gallatin Mountains. We’ll prep the llamas, do an orientation, and hit the trail up the Fan Creek drainage.

Fan Creek is a beautiful, charming stream falling from the high peaks of the Gallatins. It flows at the bottom of a broad, grassy valley rimmed by pine and aspen trees. We hike in and out of pristine meadows and will keep a sharp eye out for moose in the creekside willows.

We’ll set up camp tonight above Fan Creek and enjoy a hearty backcountry dinner and roaring campfire.

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 750 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 550 feet

Day 2 starts with a delicious breakfast before we break camp, load the llamas and resume our hike up Fan Creek. Today takes us to the headwaters of Fan Creek and then up and over a high pass to drop us into Sportsman Lake. The views from the pass are fantastic, and we’ll stop to enjoy a picnic lunch there before descending into Sportsman Lake.

Sportsman Lake is at the base of Electric Peak, a towering alpine summit that is just below 11,000 feet. We’ll soak up the views, possibly wet a line (if you’re a fisherman), set up camp and settle down for another wonderful dinner and relaxing evening in some of the prettiest country you’ve ever seen.

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: up to 12 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: up to 3200 feet

Today is a layover day, so we’ll be leaving camp set up near Sportsman Lake. Our destination is either Electric Pass or Electric Peak. Electric Peak is a rugged, strenuous hike that takes us to nearly 11,000 feet. For guests who really want to push themselves, we’ll make an attempt for the summit. For guests more interested in moderate hiking, we’ll hike to Electric Pass for extraordinary views and a wonderful picnic lunch. Either way, we’ll eventually make our way back to Sportsman Lake for another evening of good food, good company, and good night’s sleep.

Day 4

  • Hiking Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 550 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 300 feet

We’ll enjoy a relaxing morning today and gradually break down camp. Our hike is not a long one at just over 4 miles. We’ll retrace our steps up to the pass from Day 2, then drop into the East Fork of Specimen Creek, another pristine Yellowstone watershed. This drainage has a good population of moose and wolves, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled. Broad meadows, sparkling trout waters, deep pine forests, and peaceful solitude will characterize today’s hike through God’s country. We’ll celebrate our final night in the wilderness with one last backcountry feast.

Day 5

  • Hiking Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: minimal
  • Elevation Loss: 1000 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 3 hours

Today offers a hike through several old burn areas that provide an opportunity to study the effects of fire years later. These burn areas are from 1988 and are a wonderful example of the restorative nature of forest fires. These areas provide great forage and habit for large mammals. This area is also known for its petrified wood, so we’ll keep an eye out for samples. Eventually we’ll come to our ending trailhead, where we’ll load into the shuttle and begin our journey back to Jackson. As we watch the Wyoming scenery careen by outside the windows, it will be difficult to not start day dreaming about our next adventure!

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)

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 (2 reviews)
Steve S.
5.0

Great backcountry experienced with knowledgeable, fun guides

2 months ago

I recently joined incredible guides Casey and Jack for the 5-day llama hiking trip to Sportsman Lake in Yellowstone National Park. They were both tremendous in both their support of the group and making sure every individual had a great experience. They were both excellent in sharing their vast experience with camping in the backcountry, as well as how best to care and work with the llamas. The entire experience with the llamas was a revelation, and I really enjoyed both the interaction with the llamas and taking care of them during the trip. The llama’s warning sounds also helped us see a bear across the lake one night (at a very safe distance). Casey and Jack prepared excellent meals, including a birthday cake for someone on our trip that was delicious! A wonderful overall experience in a seldom visited part of Yellowstone that was enhanced by the attentive but fun guides.

Jennifer N.
5.0

We couldn’t have asked for a more incredible guide!

2 years ago

My 11 year old daughter and I were lucky enough to have Dan as our guide for a 5 Day llama backpacking trek in Northwest Yellowstone. We couldn’t have asked for a more incredible guide! To say my expectations were surpassed would be an understatement. Dan did everything he could to make our trip exceptional. He was patient with our limited backpacking/ camping experience, teaching us a ton about hiking/ camping in the backcountry as well as sharing his passion and knowledge about llamas. He was engaging, funny, and constantly taking care of details to make the trip run smoothly and safely. Dan also was a fantastic cook! Especially given my food allergies and my daughter’s limited food preferences, we were blown away by the meals he came up with. We were certainly never hungry! As we were hiking out of camp on the last day, I was already thinking of when we could go on our next Wildland Trekking adventure!

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