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Granite Creek Llama Trek

Highlights

  • Explore the pristine valleys and high ridges of the stunning Gros Ventre Mountain Range outside Jackson Hole
  • Enjoy an off-trail hike to a stunning alpine ridge for incredible views
  • Soak up classic views, rejuvenating solitude and breathtaking scenery
  • Have potential to see bears, moose, bighorn sheep, elk and more
  • Camp on the shores of pristine mountain lakes and creeks
  • Sleep under one of the most vivid night skies you've ever seen
  • Finish your trip with a soak in refreshing Granite Hot Springs


Description

If you're wanting a lot of "bang for your buck" in terms of time, then this trip is for you! We pack an amazing amount of hiking, scenery, and diversity into a 3-day trip. This trip, like the Highline Traverse Llama Trek Trek, is a fantastic early season trip (late June and July) and a great one for wildflowers and wildlife. There are abundant opportunities to see elk, deer, bighorn sheep, moose, fox, wolves, bears, eagles, osprey and other wildlife!

Originating just 45 minutes from Jackson Hole, our hike takes us up majestic Granite Creek, where we'll soak up incredible views of the high country. We'll set up camp for two nights a short walk from the creek, which offers great fishing. On day 2 we'll summit a high ridge for views of Pyramid Peak (11,170 feet) and hike along one of the most breathtaking alpine rides in Wyoming. Day 3 takes us back down Granite Creek, where we'll enjoy a soak in the fantastic Granite Hot Springs.

Llamas carry most of the gear so you can hike with only a light day pack, which is a wonderful way to experience the backcountry! Camps are in scenic locations, where your guide(s) will cook up some remarkable backcountry meals, and the stars at night are unparalleled!

Call us at 1-800-715-HIKE to ask questions or reserve your spot today!


 


Jackson Hole Llama Trip Photos

Special thanks to Russ Nordstrand for many of our Jackson Hole Area photos.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Trailhead: 45 minutes
Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 891 feet


This Greater Yellowstone Llama Trek begins in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead. Our hike takes us along Granite Creek, one of the most majestic and beautiful rivers near Jackson Hole. It's crystal clear waters make for excellent drinking, fishing and soaking tired feet! We'll hike in and out of forests, through stunning meadows, and along the banks of the creek, always keeping an eye out for wildlife. This valley is famous for being home to lots of moose, and we'll also watch out for elk, deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, bears and wolves.

We'll make camp at the edge of a meadow overlooking Granite Creek, and this will be our home for both nights. Once camp is set up you'll have some time to enjoy the area by strolling through the meadows, photographing wildflowers, fishing, glassing for wildlife, or just relaxing. This evening we'll build a roaring campfire and eat a hearty backcountry dinner as the fading light of the late, northern sunset settles in the west. What a day to be alive!


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: up to 7 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: up to 3250 feet

Today is a day you'll never forget! We'll have a quick breakfast and leave camp early. Our route takes us off-trail to the top of a breathtaking alpine ridge for amazing views of Pyramid Peak (11,170 feet), which is one of the highest peaks in the Gros Ventre Range. We'll soak up the views for a half hour or so and then hike northwest along an alpine ridge that is reminiscent of the Alps. Views from up here stretch all the way to the Tetons and beyond. Eventually we'll head back to camp, completing a phenomenal day of hiking! We'll celebrate our hike with another hearty dinner and cozy campfire, before turning in for some much-deserved sleep.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: up to 8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1500 feet

Today we'll enjoy a more relaxing hike, but a beautiful one. Our route takes us further upstream along Granite Creek to subalpine forests and lush meadows. Our destination is Turquoise Lake, a charming lake tucked into the high country of these spectacular mountains. We'll soak up the high alititude sun rays from the shores of the lake, enjoy a picnic lunch, and return to camp for a final celebratory dinner and campfire along Granite Creek.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Loss: 891 feet
Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 45 minutes


We'll enjoy a big breakfast and relaxing morning before leisurely breaking camp. Today's hike takes us back down Granite Creek to our trailhead. Once back at the trailhead, you'll have the wonderful opportunity to soak at Granite Hot Springs, which is an established hot spring pool in one of the most picturesque valleys you can imagine, while the guide gets the trailers loaded. Soak your tired muscles in steaming, thermal-fed water while you reflect on the past three days. Once the guide is done packing up and everyone has soaked, we'll shuttle back to Jackson Hole for the conclusion of our journey.


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 Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food and a dedicated llama handler
  • One or more professional, knowledgeable, certified Jackson Hole hiking guides (max guest to guide ratio is 6:1, not including the llama handler)
  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
See the Packing List page for more information.


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 sleeping bags
  • 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
  • Satellite phone


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. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You'll meet your hiking guide and group at predetermined hotel in Jackson, Wyoming for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. The next morning we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead. For private trips, you also have the option to originate your trip in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, discounted lodging and more.

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

Every llama trip has a dedicated llama handler/wilderness guide. The standard ratio of guests to guides/handlers on llama trips is 1 guide/handler for 1-4 guests; 2 guides/handlers for 5-9 guests; and 3 guides/handlers for 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)
     
 
Month
High
Low
 
June
70°
42°
 
July
80°
47°
 
August
78°
45°
 
September
68°
37°