Map of Hiking in Yellowstone  including United States Of America

Immerse yourself in the beauty of America’s first national park

Lace up your hiking boots and discover five Yellowstone hikes that represent the amazing attributes of America’s first national park. Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery, the most well-known and spectacular geysers in the park, and wildlife viewing on this small group that has it all. You’ll also enjoy the luxuries of a lodge and rustic dining each evening in two to three different locations inside and around the park. This trip is an exceptional way to soak up the magic of Yellowstone, to enjoy fantastic hiking, and to learn about America’s first – and truly spectacular – national park.


Start
Jackson, United States
Finish
Jackson, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
SKXY
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 2, Max 10

Why you'll love this trip

  • Hike to the largest backcountry geyser in the park, Lone Star Geyser, which is found in a clearing surrounded by dense forest and erupts from a shed-sized cream-coloured mound.

  • Drive to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – a giant rift in a landscape of forested hills - and take a short stroll to Artist Point for phenomenal waterfall views.

  • Walk to one of the most beautiful lookout spots in the park, the summit of Mt. Washburn, and take in the views of Yellowstone Lake, the Teton Range, and Electric Peak.

  • Explore the Upper Geyser Basin which is home to more than half the world’s geysers, including what is the arguably the most famous one, Old Faithful.

  • Admire the glittering waters of Yellowstone Lake on a hike to Storm Point, a relatively flat loop that leads to a stunning vista of the largest North American lake above 7,000 feet.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a walking trip; a good fitness level will help you enjoying all included walks and activities.

  • Yellowstone boasts warm summers but be prepared for colder evenings and possibly rainy days. Good clothing and appropriate footwear are a must.

  • On our final day there is no accommodation included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.

Itinerary

After a pick up at Jackson Hole accommodation, drive for a hike around Elephant Back Mountain, taking in flecks of black obsidian beneath your feet on the way to a lookout spot which offers an awe-inspiring bird’s eye view. Take in the glittering waters of Yellowstone Lake on a hike to Storm Point, a relatively flat loop that leads to a stunning vista of the largest lake above 7,000 feet in North America. The hike begins at Indian Pond, a favourite locale for bison, and continues through a lodge pole pine forest to a bluff overlooking the picturesque shore of this hydrothermal fed lake. Before completing the loop, you will walk past enormous boulders, which are home to a colony of yellow-bellied marmots. If you're lucky, you may see them basking in the sun.
Included Activities
  • Elephant Back Mountain hike
  • Indian Pond to Storm Point hike
  • Shuttle from Jackson Hole
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours. Today’s walking distance is approximately 10kms (6 miles) with a 245m (800 feet) elevation gain.
Start your day with one of the most beautiful hikes in the park, a walk to the summit of Mt. Washburn at over 10,000 feet. The trail to the summit travels through picturesque subalpine parkland where wildflowers cover the grass and bighorn sheep are sometimes seen grazing in nearby meadows. Enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – a giant rift in a landscape of forested hills - and Yellowstone Lake, the Teton Range, and Electric Peak. From here, you'll drive to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for a short stroll out to Artist Point for phenomenal waterfall views.
Included Activities
  • Mt. Washburn summit hike
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone - Artist Point hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 10kms (6 miles) with a 425m (1400 feet) elevation gain.
Kick off your hiking adventure with a visit to one of the Park’s most iconic features – Mammoth Hot Springs – where you will view steaming travertine terraces streaked with colourful microorganisms. From here, leave the crowds behind and head out on the Beaver Ponds Trail where you will hike through a forest that is frequented by a variety of wildlife including bears, eventually reaching a clearing with small ponds where it’s possible to spot waterfowl. Take in the scenic view from grassy hilltop as you keep an eye out for pronghorn, deer, and elk.
Included Activities
  • Mammoth Hot Springs visit
  • Beaver Ponds hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 8kms (5 miles) with a 120m (400 feet) elevation gain.
Begin your day in the Upper Geyser Basin where you’ll be able to take in some of the park’s most famous features, including Old Faithful. Next, travel a few miles down the road for a hike out to Lone Star Geyser. This is a beautiful hike along the aptly named Firehole River to the largest backcountry geyser in the park: Lone Star Geyser. Lone Star is found in a clearing surrounded by dense forest and erupts from a shed-sized cream-coloured mound. The geyser erupts around every three hours and a log book is kept nearby so you'll know when the next eruption is set to occur.
Included Activities
  • Upper Geyser Basin - Old Faithful Geyser visit
  • Firehole River to Lone Star Geyser hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 11kms (7 miles) with minimal elevation gain.
Your final day’s hike takes you through classic Yellowstone meadows and lodgepole pine forests to Fairy Falls, a 200-foot waterfall plunging off a pine-studded cliff. After you soak up the sights and sounds of Fairy Falls, your tour ends with a stop at the Grand Prismatic overlook. The Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the United States and one of the most iconic features in the park. It is a great way to close out your Yellowstone adventure before a relaxing shuttle ride back to Jackson where your trip comes to an end.
Included Activities
  • Fairy Falls hike
  • Grand Prismatic overlook visit
  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 2.5 hours. Today’s walking distance is approximately 9kms (5.5 miles) with a 60m (200 feet) elevation gain.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Mountain Lodge (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Elephant Back Mountain hike
  • Indian Pond to Storm Point hike
  • Shuttle from Jackson Hole
  • Mt. Washburn summit hike
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone - Artist Point hike
  • Mammoth Hot Springs visit
  • Beaver Ponds hike
  • Upper Geyser Basin - Old Faithful Geyser visit
  • Firehole River to Lone Star Geyser hike
  • Fairy Falls hike
  • Grand Prismatic overlook visit
  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
2. Travellers on this particular trip are not required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
5. This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, Wildland Trekking. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid has worked very closely with Wildland Trekking to ensure that all of our customers will enjoy their time away, and experience all that the region has to offer.
6. Please note, pre-trip orientation meeting will take place at 5:00 PM day before trip starts via conference call. Early on the morning of day 1, you will be picked up from Mountain Modern Inn, in Jackson. We recommend you book a pre tour night in that hotel.
7. A single supplement is available. The single supplement applies to all nights of the trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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