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Yellowstone National Park, WY

Two Week Trip With Hot Springs

Aug 14 - Aug 26, 2019 -- $1950 ★★★

This is the section of the website that attempts to describe the magnitude of Yellowstone National Park in order to convince you that it's a destination you should visit with us. Really, just Google it and you will be overwhelmed by videos, websites and images about the Park, its geysers, grizzly bears, thundering rivers, big skies and ubiquitous bison.


Our trek begins in a thermal region in the middle of the park just North of Old Faithful. We will begin hiking immediately and on our 3rd day, arrive at Old Faithful. Well wait for it to erupt and then leaving the crowds behind for the last time, proceed on to traverse the wonderful and remote Southwest portion of the park, fording some rivers and visiting some hot springs and thermal areas along the way. Eventually, we'll work our way back to the park road having traversed 85 miles through the wilderness.



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 60s & 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. While there is typically not much rain, it can happen at any time along with violent thunder and lightning. Here is the historical August weather.



Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Julie Quibodeaux


Cost

$1950 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Jackson Hole, personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.


Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, backcountry fees, 10 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park Permits, National Park entrance fees, insurance, and 2 awesome guides.



Difficulty

The trails through Yellowstone National Park are well groomed with good footing and moderate elevation gain and loss (although it may not seem like that while hiking). The mileages are moderate and there will be plenty of daylight which gives us lots of time to complete our daily mileage and relax in camp.


Please be aware that we will have to ford rivers, so make sure to bring sturdy camp shoes and trekking poles to help you cross these rivers without issue.



Important Notes


Because of the limited availability and high cost of hotel rooms in Jackson, a single supplement is not available for this trip. You will be sharing a hotel room with 1 or 2 others.



Fitpacking prohibits firearms on this (and all) trips. This is not only our requirement but also a requirement of Yellowstone National Park. However, you may bring bear spray (pepper spray) as there are both black bears and grizzly bears in the park. You will not be able to fly with bear spray however.


Fitpacking has a commercial permit
to operate in Yellowstone National Park.


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Itinerary


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Drive or fly into Jackson Hole Airport (JAC). The best time to arrive is between around Noon-3PM. However, flights are limited so do the best you can.


Text or call us and we will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the Antler Inn, 43 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY 83001, (307) 733-2535


Equipment shakedown


Trail mix distribution


"Before" measurements taken


Go to Teton Mountaineering, 170 N Cache Dr, Jackson, WY 83001, (307) 733-3595 for last minute or forgotten equipment. Please note, there are several other fine options in town to buy or rent gear.


Go out for a group dinner (not included in trip cost)




Thursday, August 15, 2019

Second set of "before" measurements taken


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage.


Free Hotel Breakfast or we will provide a continental breakfast


Shuttle to Yellowstone National Park (about 1.5 hours)


Pickup backcountry permits at Ranger Station and watch a park video required for backcountry travel


Shuttle to Fountain Flat Drive, Trailhead OK6, elevation 7150'.


Begin Hiking, elevation 7150'.


Hike 0.4 miles on the Fairy Falls Trail, elevation 7150'


Turn right and hike 3.0 miles on the Sentinal Meadows Trail and Imperial Meadows Trails, elevation 7150'


Turn right and hike 1.5 miles on the Fairy Falls Trail to campsite OD4, elevation 7200'


Camp at campsite OD4 (Imperial Meadows), elevation 7200'


Miles today: 4.9. Total miles: 4.9


Possible Bailout: Grand Loop Rd.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Hike 0.6 flat miles on the Fairy Falls Trail, elevation 7200'


Hike 2.8 flat miles on the Fairy Falls Trail, past Fairy Falls (we'll stop there of course) to the Fairy Falls Trailhead, OK5, elevation 7250'


Hike 5.2 miles via Mallard Creek Trailhead OK5 to Mallard Lake, elevation 8100'


Camp at 2 of campsites OB2/OB3/OB4 (Mallard Lake), elevation 8100'.


Miles today: 8.6. Total miles: 13.5


Possible bailout: Grand Loop Road


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Hike 3.1 miles on the Mallard Lake Trail, to Old Faithful, elevation 7400'.


Wait around until Old Faithful does its thing, possibly eat lunch while waiting.


It may be possible to cache food here. If so, we will pick up the rest of our trip's food and put it in our backpacks.


Old Faithful will be packed with people. There are numerous frontcountry distractions including flush toilets, visitor's center, gift shop, restaurants and throngs of people.


Somehow assemble and hike 0.5 miles through the Old Faithful complex to the Howard Eaton Trailhead OK2, elevation 7400'. This will probably be the trip's greatest navigational challenge.


Hike 2.9 miles on the Howard Eaton Trail, campsite OA1, elevation 7650'.


Camp at Campsite OA1 (Lone Star), elevation 7650'


Miles today: 6.5. Total miles: 20.0


Possible bailout: Old Faithful.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Hike 3.8 miles on the Shoshone Lake Trail to the Bechler River trail, elevation 7900'.


Hike 2.9 miles on the Bechler River trail to campsite 9D4, elevation 8500'.


Camp at Campsite 9D4 (Continental Divide), elevation 8500'


Miles today: 6.7. Total miles: 26.7


Possible bailout: Old Faithful


Monday, August 19, 2019

Hike 4.2 miles on the Bechler River Trail to a spur trail, elevation 7300'


Drop packs and day-hike 1.0 round trip miles to a cool thermal area, elevation 7500'


Hike 3.0 downhill miles on the Bechler River Trail to Campsite 9B7, elevation 6400'


Camp at campsite 9B7 (Talus Spring), elevation 6400'


Miles today: 8.2. Total miles: 34.9


Possible bailout: 2 days away.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hike 5.1 miles on the Bechler River Trail to the Bechler Meadows Trail, elevation 6400'


Ford the Bechler River


Hike 0.6 miles on the Bechler Meadows Trail to the Bechler Meadows Cutoff Trail, elevation 6400'


Hike 1.9 miles on the Bechler Meadows Cutoff Trail to the Boundary Creek Trail, elevation 6400'


Hike 1.6 miles on the Boundary Creek Trail to campsite 9A3, elevation 6650'


There are hot springs nearby! (Less than half a mile)

Camp at campsite 9A3 (Dunanda Falls), elevation 6650'


Miles today: 9.2. Total miles: 44.1


Possible bailout: Two days distant from here


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hike 3.0 miles on the Boundary Creek Trail, elevation 6400'


Ford Boundary Creek


Hike 3.4 miles on the Boundary Creek Trail to the Bechler Meadows Trail, elevation 6400'


Hike 1.7 miles on the Bechler Meadows Trail to the Bechler River Trail, elevation 6400'


Hike 0.8 miles on the Bechler River Trail to campsite 9C1


Camp at Campsite 9C1 (Rocky Ford), elevation 6400'


Miles today: 8.9. Total miles: 53.0


Possible bailout: Bechler Ranger Station


Thursday, August 22, 2019

About a quarter mile from camp we Ford the Bechler River


Hike 1.0 miles on the Bechler River Trail to the Mountain Ash Creek Trail, elevation 6400'


Hike 2.8 miles on the Mountain Ash Creek Trail to Campsite 9U1, elevation 6450'


Hike 2.8 miles on the Mountain Ash Creek Trail to Campsite 9U4, elevation 6600'


Camp at Campsite 9U4 (Union Falls), elevation 6600'


Miles today: 6.6. Total miles: 59.6


Possible bailout: Fish Lake Trailhead


Friday, August 23, 2019

Day-Hike 5.0 round-trip miles to Union Falls, elevation 6750'


Hike 4.5 miles on the Mountain Ash Creek Trail to campsite 9F2, elevation 7100'


Camp at campsite 9F2 (Upper Falls River) elevation 7100'


Miles today: 9.5. Total miles: 69.1


Possible bailout: Cascade Creek Trailhead


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Hike 11.1 miles on the Pitchstone Plateau Trail to campsites 8P1 & 8P2, elevation 8450'.


Camp at campsites 8P1 & 8P2 (Phantom Campsite) elevation 8450'


Miles today: 11.1. Total miles: 80.2


Possible bailout: Cascade Creek Trailhead


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Hike 5.5 miles on the Pitchstone Plateau Trail to Phantom / Pitchstone Trailhead 8K4, elevation 7700'


Miles today: 5.5. Total miles: 85.7


End of hiking


Shuttle back to Jackson Hole. Check back into the Antler Inn, 43 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY 83001, (307) 733-2535


Your stuff will be transported here shortly after we arrive


After measurements taken


Dinner (not included in trip cost) and awards Ceremony


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Monday, August 26, 2019

We will shuttle everyone to the airport early in the morning. If you have a later flight and don't want to be dropped off early in the morning, you are on your own to get to the airport.


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