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Yellowstone National Park

Sunday, August 11, 2024 - Sunday, August 18, 2024 -- $1775 ★★★


When attempting to describe the magnitude of Yellowstone National Park words fall impotently short. Yellowstone is a premier destination you should visit, preferably with us. Just Google it, and you will be overwhelmed by videos, websites and images featuring the Park, its geysers, grizzly bears, thundering rivers, big skies and ubiquitous bison.

This year's trip will traverse the Southwest (Bechler) part of the park and end at Old Faithful. Our trek begins in the relatively empty and mysterious Cave Falls front country campground. We will then head into the park in order to hike along the Bechler River, passing several iconic Yellowstone waterfalls: Dunanda, Colonnade, Iris, Ragged and Twister Falls. Along the way, we will visit Mr. Bubble -- a wilderness hot tub that's a destination in itself and is a 25 mile round trip from any road. We'll cap off the trip by walking to Old Faithful, hoping that its beauty will help you overcome the shock of the crowds awaiting its eruption.

Topographical Map of Proposed Route

See CalTopo map


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. There was a hailstorm in 2019 on the first night, but the rest of the trip was magnificent. Here is the historical August weather.

Probable Trip Leaders

Julie Quibodeaux
Beau Devlin
Any Other Guide(s) TBD


The trails through Yellowstone National Park are typically 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 plenty of time to complete our daily mileage and relax in camp.

Please be aware that we will have to ford rivers (some cold, fast and/or deep), so make sure to bring sturdy camp shoes and trekking poles to help you cross these rivers without issue. Crocs can work but are not recommended for this particular trip.


$1775 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the hotel night. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Jackson, personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 1 hotel night, 1 front country campsite, backcountry fees, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park Permits, National Park entrance fees, backcountry permits and 2 awesome guides.

Tipping: In order to keep our prices competitive with (and hopefully favorable to) other outfitters, we shamefully can’t pay our guides as much as we think they deserve. Like most other guiding services, we rely on the generosity of our participants to make up this shortfall by tipping the guides. While tips are not required or expected, if your guides have served you well, please consider a gratuity so they can continue living their extravagant lifestyles of eating powdered meals, sleeping in the dirt and pooping in smelly outhouses and small holes they've dug.


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. You may of course book your own room and we will issue you a small refund.

If you would like to fish, there may be time at some campsites to do so. However, you must purchase a Yellowstone fishing license from the ranger station (Wyoming / Montana license not necessary). Fitpacking does not have a fishing guide permit so you will be doing so on your own and at your own risk (we have to say this).

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. You can buy or rent it in Jackson

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

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Sunday, August 11, 2024

Drive or fly into Jackson, WY Airport (JAC). The best time to arrive is between around 9AM-1PM as we head into the park once everyone has arrived. However, flights are limited so do the best you can. Earlier is better but later may be OK if we know ahead of time.

Text or call us and we will pick you up at the airport and bring you to our local hotel. Note: we will attempt to consolidate airport trips so please expect to wait up to an hour to be picked up.

We will assemble at: Antler Inn, 43 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY 83001, (307) 733-2535.

Equipment shakedown for those who hadn't already done their online shakedown

"Before" measurements taken

Trail mix distribution from our make-your-own Trail Mix Bar

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.

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

At around 3PM, shuttle to campsite: Cave Falls Campground, Forest Rd 006, Alta, WY 83414. Site(s): Assigned upon arrival Elevation: 6200'

Shuttling will take about 2 hours

Guides prepare dinner in camp. On some trips with longer shuttle times, we may opt to go out for an opening dinner at a local restaurant. (Cost of restaurant dinner not included in trip price)

Camp at Cave Falls Campground, Forest Rd 006, Alta, WY 83414. Site(s): Assigned upon arrival Elevation: 6200'

Monday, August 12, 2024

Begin hiking, elevation 6200'.

Road hike 0.6 miles into Yellowstone National Park, elevation 6225'

Ford the Falls River, elevation 6225'

Hike 3.9 miles on the South Boundary Trail, elevation 6445'

Ford the Falls River again, elevation 6445'

Hike 1.9 miles on the Fish Lake Mountain Ash Creek Cutoff Trail to Mountain Ash Creek, elevation 6445'

Ford Mountain Ash Creek, elevation 6445'

We are now at the Falls River Cutoff Campsite (9U1), elevation 6445'

Camp at Falls River Cutoff Campsite (9U1), elevation 6445', swimming may be possible

Miles today: 6.4. Total miles: 6.4

Possible Bailout: Bechler Ranger Station

Tuesday, August 13, 2024

Hike 2.9 miles on the Mountain Ash Creek Trail to the Bechler River Trail, elevation 6400'

Hike 3.1 miles on the Bechler River Trail to the Bechler Ford Campsite (9B2), elevation 6400'

Camp at the Bechler Ford Campsite (9B2), elevation 6400'

Miles today: 6.0. Total miles: 12.4

Possible bailout: Bechler Ranger Station

Wednesday, August 14, 2024

Hike 4.5 uphill miles on the Bechler River Trail to Lower Bechler Canyon Ford (9B6), elevation 6900'

Camp at Lower Bechler Canyon Ford (9B6), elevation 6900'

Miles today: 4.5. Total miles: 16.9

Possible bailout: 1 day away

Thursday, August 15, 2024

Hike 3.9 miles on the Bechler River Trail to the Ferris Creek Stock Crossing, elevation 7350'

Drop packs and day-hike 1.0 round trip miles to Mr. Bubbles, a little-known but amazing thermal feature that is essentially an enormous hot-tub of varying temperatures, elevation 7410'.

Hike 3.7 miles on the Bechler River Trail to Douglas Knob Meadow (9D3), elevation 8360'.

Camp at Douglas Knob Meadow (9D3), elevation 8360'.

Miles today: 8.6. Total miles: 25.5

Possible bailout: 1 or 2 days away

Friday, August 16, 2024

Hike 4.7 miles on the Bechler River Trail to the Continental Divide Trail, elevation 7900'

Hike 3.7 miles on the CDT to Lone Star (0A1), elevation 7640'

Camp at Lone Star (0A1), elevation 7640'

Lone Star Geyser is nearby and if you time it right (as we were lucky enough to do in 2019) you may catch it erupting in an impressive show

Miles today: 8.4. Total miles: 34.9

Possible bailout: 1 day away

Saturday, August 17, 2024

Hike 3.8 miles on the CDT to Old Faithful Geyser, elevation 7865'

Old Faithful will be mobbed with people, vehicles and buildings. After a week of solitude, this may jolt your senses.

Wait around until Old Faithful spouts

End of Hike

Miles today: 3.8. Total miles: 38.7

Possible bailout: Old Faithful

Shuttle back to Jackson Hole. Check back into local hotel

Shuttle back to local hotel: Antler Inn, 43 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY 83001, (307) 733-2535.

Gather your off-trail items from storage

After body composition measurements taken

Dinner and awards ceremony at a local restaurant (Dinner cost not included in trip price)

Stay in our local hotel (included in trip cost)

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.

Sunday, August 18, 2024

We will run one trip to the airport at around 5AM. If your flight is later in the day and you'd prefer to sleep in, you can order a shared cab/Uber to get you there at your own expense.

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