Yellowstone/Grand Tetons Hiking Tour
|Tour Cost: $2,395
(includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, shuttles prior to and following tour, leaders, trail maps & narratives)
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, long regarded as the crown jewels among our national parks and a focal point for us since our earliest days, continues to be an integral component in our hiking trips. Our 6-day Yellowstone/Tetons Hike has been structured to capture not only the clearly recognized natural beauty of the Yellowstone Country, but the incredible diversity of this region.
Our hiking tour assembles in Jackson Hole early morning of Day 1 and we’ll van shuttle to Yellowstone. Along the way, we’ll visit Kebler Cascades and hike to Lone Star Geyser, hopefully timed to capture an eruption of this backcountry gem (5 miles). It’s then on to Old Faithful where we’ll explore the fascinating thermal features that surround the Inn, including the famous Old Faithful Geyser itself.
Day 2, we’re off on a 13-mile hike along the Fairy Creek Trail as it meanders through meadows that are prime feeding habitats for bison and elk herds. We’ll hike to Mystic Falls and Imperial Geyser, one of the park’s most active and dramatic thermal features, and then on to Fairy Falls, whose 300-foot drop is among Yellowstone’s highest. The Mystic/Fairy Falls Trail additionally offers substantial testimony to the progressive regeneration of the Yellowstone forests that were decimated by the fires of 1988.
We’ll leave Old Faithful early morning of Day 3 and hike to the summit of Dunraven Pass and the Mt. Washburn trailhead. As you might have guessed, we’re headed to Washburn’s awesome 10,243’ summit (6 miles). Following our encounter with Washburn, we’ll descend to Canyon Village and devote much of the afternoon to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone as we hike along the rim to the various viewpoints of the Upper and Lower Falls. From Canyon, we’ll head to Grand Teton and the beautiful Jackson Lake Lodge, our home for the final three evenings.
Early-morning of Day 4, we’ll hike Death Canyon above Phelps Lake with its spectacular views of the majestic, snowclad spires of the Teton Range (8 miles).
Perhaps the most spectacular and challenging hike of the trip is planned for Day 5. We’ll cross Jenny Lake by boat and follow the popular trail to Hidden Falls. The adventure begins beyond the falls as we begin a 2,000-foot climb to Lake Solitude in the heart of the magnificent Tetons. If you’re awed by the beauty of the Tetons from the valley below, you won’t believe that which awaits you along the trail to Solitude–a hike that many consider to be the quintessential Teton experience (14 miles).
We’ll spend a farewell evening at the Jackson Lake Lodge, hike leisurely to Bradley and Taggert Lakes the following day and enjoy our traditional outdoor barbeque lunch at Dornan’s Ranch. Then our Yellowstone Grand Tetons National Parks Hiking Tour concludes.
|Day 1||Assemble in Jackson and van shuttle to Yellowstone; hike Lone Star Geyser and
geyser basins surrounding Old Faithful; orientation dinner; overnight at Old Faithful Inn
|Day 2||Fairy Creek Trail - Mystic Falls - Imperial Geyser; overnight at Old Faithful Inn||13 miles|
|Day 3||Mt. Washburn (a.m.); Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; overnight at Jackson Lake Lodge||8 miles|
|Day 4||Phelps Lake/Death Canyon; overnight at Jackson Lake Lodge||10 miles|
|Day 5||Boat Jenny Lake - Hidden Falls-Lake Solitude; overnight at Jackson Lake Lodge||14 miles|
|Day 6||Bradley and Taggert Lakes||6 miles|
Total Hiking Mileage - 50-52 miles