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Badger Creek

Highlights

  • Enjoy the waters roar of Badger creek as we hike some 10 miles along its shores
  • Take your pick of two challenging and rewarding day hikes each with majestic peaks to climb
  • Begin your hike downhill (the only trailhead in the Tetons that allows this!)
  • Eat gourmet backcountry meals prepared by your expert guides
  • Capture views of the Teton mountains and valley down below from over 10,000 foot peaks
  • Hike in comfort with just a light day pack
  • Enjoy our top-notch service and wonderful llamas!


Description

If experiencing the Tetons and spending 3 to 4 days in Wyoming's stunning high country is what you are seeking then this is the trip for you! This trip accommodates a broad variety of guests, from novice hikers/campers, families, and those with limited time to people with extensive backcountry experience looking to challenge themselves. With a moderate hike to a serene base camp and two options for strenuous and less strenuous day hikes (both to high peaks) our Badger Creek trip is one of variety and seclusion.

There is an immense amount of scenery to be seen in just 3-4 days. Our llama companions will pack in refreshing drinks, exquisite backcountry cuisine and top of the line camping equipment for you. With high mountain passes, lone peaks stretching over 10,000 feet in elevation, streams, creeks and meadows to call home for 3-4 days, this is truly a magnificent location. Make sure to bring your camera to capture some of these rare Wyoming views. Badger Creek is well-situated for a shorter trek, yet provides surprisingly deep access into the Jedediah Smith Wilderness with all the views you would get from a 5-7 day trip.


 


Badger Creek Llama Trek Photos

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.25 hours
Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 500 feet
Elevation Gain: 140 feet


This Jedediah Smith Wilderness (west side of the Tetons) Llama Trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson Hole (custom trips can also originate from Driggs or Victor, ID). We'll drive up and over famous Jackson Pass and down into the beautiful Driggs Valley before arriving at our trailhead. After packing up and completing a llama orientation we'll start off on our 5.5-mile trek to our 2-night or 3-night basecamp. 

Our moderate hike begins by descending 1 mile downhill from the trailhead to beautiful Bader Creek which is the only location that offers this in the Tetons (initial downhill hiking). Once we complete our big descent and capture the scenic views at the junction of Badger Creek and North Leigh Creek we hike a mile further and find ourselves in a beautiful opening that offers sounds of the rushing creek, cool crisp air, and of course a hearty lunch in the shade under the pine tree canopy above. After lunch we begin our ascent along Badger Creek for another 4 miles into our secluded and spacious camp. This camp site has great access to water and protection from the elements as well as solitude.


Day 2 (and 3 on the 4-day itinerary)

Hiking Mileage: 5-6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1400-2100 feet

From our camp site we have two amazing options for day hikes which make this a fantastic 4 day trip as well if you are interested in “setting it all”. Both the day hikes offer magnificent views of the Tetons and surrounding mountain ranges, albeit from different vantage points.

After a hearty breakfast and hot coffee we will determine which hike we want to embark on for the day, both being spectacular peak climbs. Once we have decided which summit we want to stand on top of and vistas we want to soak up we will begin our ascent into the high peaks. As we begin to ascend we see both the Driggs and Teton valleys in the distance and may catch a glimpse of the Tetons' sharp, glaciated summits piercing the blue sky.

We will have lunch at a high pass with spectacular views and then finish our trek to the peak of our choice (either Rammel Mountain or Crow's Nest, each wonderfully unique and worth every step). We will have a good chance of seeing elk or deer below us in the meadows from our high vantage point. After a full day (or two) soaked with breath taking views, and the creation of lasting memories we will start our descent back to camp where we will enjoy a feast for dinner.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 140 feet
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 1.25 hours


On our last day together we will enjoy a relaxing breakfast and share some of our favorite parts of our journey. After our relaxing morning we will pack up our gear and with our llama companions begin the trek back down to the trailhead where we started our trip. Once at the trailhead, we'll say our good-byes to the peaks, creeks and meadows we called home for a few days as we drive back to Jackson Hole. With a fond farewell, we'll drop you off at your hotel for much-deserved showers and relaxation. 


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 Wyoming 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 in Northern Wyoming

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°