Wild Wyoming Backpack

Jackson, WY
5.0 (19 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • 5 days of Solitude & Beauty
  • Stunning Mountain Views
  • Fantastic Wildlife Habitat
  • Stunning & Remote Mountains
  • Multiple Waterfalls
  • Off Trail Wilderness Hiking
  • Guides Choice Trip

Description

The Wyoming Range is one of the least traveled mountain ranges in Wyoming, simply because word has never gotten out about how magnificent it is. Providing the ability to see more animals than people, this trip offers an opportunity to step back into the Wild West for 5 full days of backcountry exploration. We venture off-trail onto the flanks of Hoback Peak, a towering Wyoming summit with spectacular views.

Highlights of this trip include the adventure of hiking off-trail much of the time; amazing waterfalls including Cliff Creek Falls which in total is over 200 feet high; secluded and scenic campsites; vast wildflower-filled meadows; and last but not least fantastic views of the surrounding mountain ranges including the Tetons. As you hike through the high mountain meadows, looking far down on the valleys below, gazing up at Hoback Peak and its perennial snow fields, standing mesmerized by pristine waterfalls, and staring in awe at the distant mountains, it may very well occur to you that you’re one of the luckiest people alive.

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5 Days
$1495 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Guided Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-12 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 30MI / 48KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4

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:
35-45 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
4-6 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
1000 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
1000 feet
Quality of Trails:
Maintained trails and off trail
Additional:
We’ll be traveling on and off trails. The off-trail sections are in meadows, forests and across talus-covered ground.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. regularly exercise vigorously
  3. be comfortable hiking, biking, running, or swimming for several hours without many breaks

SOLITUDE LEVEL 5

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Jackson Hole backpacking trip a solitude 5. You can expect to see very few other people, if any.

TRAVEL TO JACKSON

All Beyond Yellowstone 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.

Private Trips

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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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 500 feet

This Jackson Hole backpacking trip begins at a remote trailhead in a wild corner of Wyoming approximately 90 minutes from Jackson Hole. We will have a relatively relaxed day one as we hike 4 miles up a pristine valley, set up camp and prepare for a peak climb tomorrow. Time permitting we may hike up to a pass for a view, go search for animals, or simply relax and enjoy sitting around a fire at camp near stunning Roosevelt meadows.

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2450 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 2450 feet

We will leave camp set up today, which gives us an opportunity to climb as far up Hoback peak as weather and fitness permits. This will take us past a valley named Bare Hole, which although this is very rugged terrain, is not quite like it sounds as a “hole” is a local reference to a valley floor. We’ll actually be traversing a stunning alpine valley with mountain views in all directions. We have the chance to enjoy lunch on a high ridge and look for animals or to go for the summit attempt if the group is up for it.

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 950 feet

Day 3 starts with a big backcountry breakfast before we break camp and begin our day’s hike. Today we head onto a seldom-traveled trail and leave the few people that ever travel into the Wyoming Range behind. Climbing high onto Cliff Creek Pass we will hike through high mountain meadows with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges, including the crumbling Gros Ventre’s, the towering granite spires and glaciers of the Wind Rivers, and even an occasional glimpse of the Tetons from a perspective very few people ever experience.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 500 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 750 feet

We venture on to trails that see little use today, passing Horse Haven Meadows, and have the chance to head up to several mountain passes and enjoy the views in the neighboring peaks of the Wyoming range including the Grayback Ridge and Clause Peak. We end our day in an amazing meadow above Cliff Creek Falls, a stunning double waterfall that totals over 200 feet in height.

Tonight is a celebratory dinner as it’s our last night in the wilderness. We’ll soak up the peace and quiet of the Wyoming Range, views of the brilliant star-filled sky, the sounds of Cliff Creek and the falls, and conversation with our trail companions before turning in for one last good night’s sleep.

Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 600 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 1.5 hours

After pack up one more time, our last day’s trek begins as we hike down beautiful Cliff Creek. Our hike is consumed by views of the creek as it twists down a valley laden with pristine forests and wildflowers. We will hike past towering cliffs (the namesakes of Cliff Creek), whose rock ranges from bright reds to tan, and we may see the occasional snow patch still clinging to the hillsides. We’ll eventually reach our ending trailhead and nostalgically say goodbye to these amazing mountains before shuttling back to Jackson Hole for much deserved showers and hotel rooms.

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

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

This trip is available and bookable online! Click on the date to register now or contact us online to book through our award-winning customer service team!

Going Fast

GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 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
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Jackson Hole hiking guide
  • 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 satellite phone
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% 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, Kelty or Big Agnes 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
  • Cooking stoves and 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 water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. 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

How do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

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 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 all tours carry an emergency communication device. 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, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on backpacking trips is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

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 backpacking trips 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 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 backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (19 reviews)
Michael M
5.0

Trip of a Lifetime

5 months ago

The Wyoming Backpack trip was a trip of a lifetime, I had a great time. Our guide Jeff was knowledgeable, fun to be around and was a great cook. This is my 2nd trip with Wildland and am already looking at booking something for next year.

Douglas L
5.0

Top Notch and Professional Guide and Outfit

5 months ago

We just completed a wonderful 5 day 4 night experience in the Wyoming backcountry with our Wildland Trekking guide Chris. We selected this trip based on the Wildland Trekking website rating for its solitude and difficulty. The ratings were accurate and helpful. As promised the trip offered extreme remoteness, a variety of breath-taking terrain and solitude. As we selected a difficult and strenuous hike the training suggestions were helpful. We took the training and preparation recommendations seriously which assured we would be able to enjoy the wonderful experience. We opted to use the gear provided by WT instead of our own and the gear was of high quality, in good condition, and well suited to the hiking conditions. The provisioning for the trip were spot on. Each day we ate 3 fantastic backcountry meals prepared by our guide Chris. The end-to-end operation of Wildland is professional, experienced, and well planned. They are well prepared for any contingency as was demonstrated when a member of or Party fell ill and needed to be extricated. The Guide followed what was obviously a preplanned process that was quick and efficient. After observing their handling of this contingency, we have a high level of confidence in the company's ability to handle all situations and ability to respond in the backcoutry as needed. Although our guide, Chris, had a good read on our group to know when and how often to take breaks, we recommend that more focus and attention be placed on altitude acclimatization and provide resources on their web site for those coming-in from low elevation to help prepare them for that additional challenge. What greatly helped make this experience exceptional was our guide Chris’s obvious love and enthusiasm for the backcountry. His knowledge of the terrain, plants and wildlife as well as the history of the area enhanced our appreciation for what we were seeing and experiencing. Chris was our Scatologist, Geologist, Zoologist, Botanist, Chef, Dishwasher, Medic, and Mule and did it all with a smile. We look forward to our next adventure with Wildland Trekking and highly recommend this resource to others!

Chris Z
5.0

Highly Recommended

5 months ago

Perfect trip with perfect mix of scenery and solitude. Great time, highly recommended

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