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Highline Traverse Llama Trek

Highlights

  • Spend 6 days exploring the pristine valleys and alpine ridges of the stunning Gros Ventre Mountain Range
  • Enjoy a loop hike with spectacular views of the Wyoming high country
  • Have potential to see bears, moose, bighorn sheep, elk and more
  • Soak up rejuvenating solitude above treeline and in breathtaking river valleys
  • 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

The Highline Traverse Llama Trek features some of the best mountain scenery and outdoor adventure Wyoming has to offer! This is also a fantastic early summer trip (second of half of June and July) and a fantastic one for wildlife and wildflowers. Opportunities to see deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, fox, wolves, bears, raptors and other animals abound!

Starting in Jackson Hole, we'll shuttle to our trailhead and and starting hiking up a series of pristine creeks and rivers. We'll cross stunning meadows covered in wildflowers, hike up an alpine peak with phenomenal views, and finally end our trip at an established hot springs pool. To top it all off, we'll enjoy these majestic mountains in wonderful solitude! This trip is also a loop hike, so we're always covering new ground as we make a large circle and end close to where we started.


 


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: 5 miles
Elevation Gain: 2300 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. This country is so beautiful, every minute of the drive is filled with jaw-dropping scenery! We'll get the llamas set up and then set off on our adventure. Today's hike takes us up Little Granite Creek, which provides great habitat for big mammals like deer and elk so we'll keep your eyes peeled. We'll connect with the amazing Highline Trail and begin our ascent into the high country before setting up camp. We'll celebrate our first day with a hearty backcountry feast, campfire and good night's sleep.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Elevation Loss: 600 feet

After a relaxing morning and tasty breakfast we'll continue up the Highline Trail for amazing views of the alpine hills that are reminiscent of the European Alps. Rock outcroppings, snow fields, meadows and wildflowers blanket the vast, rolling landscape. Our route takes us on a traverse around the Highline Trail to the Cache Creek Trail. The rock outcroppings are above us and the vast ridges and valleys below as we soak up the views of this stunning mountain range. Our camp tonight is below Cache peak, tomorrow's objective.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 5+ miles
Elevation Gain: 2200 feet
Elevation Loss: 1200 feet


Today is one of the highlights of our trip! We'll get an early start, weather permitting, and hike with the llamas up and over an alpine saddle to a pristine, wild0flower-laden meadow where we'll stake the llamas out. Temporarily leaving the llama behind, we'll hike to the summit of Cache Peak (10,305'). The views from our summit vantage point are breathtaking, and we'll take as much time as we want to appreciate where we are. After a snack or lunch we'll descend back to the llamas and continue our hike with them into an adjacent valley, where we'll set up our third night's camp.


Day 4 (6-day Itinerary Only)

Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 800 feet

Today is a layover day to spend as the group chooses. We'll sleep in, enjoy a feast of a breakfast, and talk about options for the day. We can hike up to a saddle and enjoy the views into the next valley; hike to stunning, subalpine Turquoise Lake and enjoy a refreshing swim; choose to attempt another high Wyoming peak; or simply relax in camp. We'll cap off our layover day with another hearty backcountry dinner and roaring campfire.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Elevation Loss: 1900 feet


Today we'll break camp following breakfast and begin our hike out of the highcountry. We'll follow Granite Creek through meadows, wetlands and forests. We'll keep our eyes peeled for wildlife as this is great bear and moose country! The high peaks will shrink behind us as we drop down in elevation. Tonight's camp is not far from Granite Creek, where we can sit on the banks and absorb the majesty of this beautiful place!


Day 6

Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
Elevation Loss: 800 feet
Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 45 minutes


We'll break our final camp and enjoy a short day of hiking down to our ending trailhead. But the trip isn't over yet! While the guide gets everything packed up, 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. Soak your tired muscles in steaming, thermal-fed water while you reflect on the past five days. Once the guide is done packing up and everyone has soaked, we'll shuttle back to Jackson Hole and 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°