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Green Lakes

Highlights

  • Enjoy some of the Teton’s most beautiful high alpine basin campsites
  • Camp near breathtaking fields of wildflowers and lush meadows
  • Learn about millions of years of geologic history exposed in stunning red rock layers
  • Experience the joy of hiking with well trained and hardworking pack llamas
  • Enjoy challenging and unique day hikes into the high country of the Tetons
  • Share a delightful meal and sunset with your backcountry companions looking down at 4 large alpine lakes
  • Bring along your fishing pole to try your luck at catching some alpine trout in Green Lake


Description

A fantastic 3-day or 4-day backcountry trek, the Green Lakes can be easily modified to fit almost any group's desires. The Green Lakes area has plenty of hiking for an extended trip and also offers impressive day hikes from our base camp. The backdrop to our camp is a vast, open meadow with amazing views of the Teton Range rising to the east. (Picture the sunrise spreading over the Tetons as you eat some of the finest backcountry cuisine available!)

On this trip we hike along Badger creek to alpine basins filled with lush grass and multiple large lakes at an elevation of 9,450+ feet. We will camp near Green Lake, with beautiful Green Mountain towering above the lake. Our llama companions carry our camping gear, food, and other supplies and add a great deal of enjoyment to our trip for most guests. From camp we have the option of many different day hikes and also at the right time of day the opportunity to catch a trout jumping in the many lakes around the alpine basin. It truly is a site to see!

Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book a trip today!


 


Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.25 hours from Jackson
Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2150 feet


This Jedediah Smith Wilderness 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. Once at the trailhead we'll pack the gear on the llamas and begin our 7-8 mile trek to our camp site nestled in an alpine basin below Green Mountain. Be prepared for a long, stunning day of hiking, with over two thousand feet of elevation gain to the Green Lake region where we'll set up camp. From our base camp there is so much to explore and see. From wildflowers to deer and the rising sun over the Tetons this camp site is one of the best in the Tetons.

After setting up camp, exploring, soaking up the natural beauty of this place, and possibly some guests wetting a line in Green Lake, we'll get a roaring campfire going and settle in camp for a much deserved feast!


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 680+ feet

Today we'll start with a hearty breakfast and steaming hot cups of coffee, tea or hot chocolote as we watch morning vapor rise off of Green Lake. Today features a hike that takes us 6 miles round trip from our camp to Crow's Nest, a spectacular vantage point to view the Grand Teton and surrounding mountains and valleys. Our route provides some fun scrambling with only moderate elevation gain. At the top we'll enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning views of the surrounding mountains ranges and three different states: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. This is an extremely scenic lunch location so make sure to pack your camera and feel free to soak in the light breeze and solitude while your llamas get their much earned rest.

After lunch we will descend back to camp and have a few hours to enjoy the lake and the area around camp. This is another great window for some fishing for anyone interested. We'll enjoy another bountiful dinner and campfire before turning in for some much deserved sleep.


Day 3 (3-Day Trip Only)

Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 750 feet


On Day 3 of the 4-day itinerary we will hike to "Popsicle Lake," a name coined by a local outfitter. This hike is approximately 5 miles round trip and tops out on an open ridgeline at about 10,000 feet. Popsicle Lake straddles the high divide, separating the Jedediah Smith Wilderness and Grand Teton National Park. From the divide, looking east, Moran Canyon plummets towards Jackson Lake. This is one of our favorite day hikes in the Jedediah Smith - it is absolutely spectacular! The views simply can’t be beat, and with llama companions to help carry refreshing beverages and our lunch menu there isn’t a better place to be in the summer season.


Final Day

Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Loss: 2150 feet
Shuttle to Jackson: 1.25 hours


Today our journey comes to an end but not without some more views, great hiking, llama hugs, and a wonderful backcountry breakfast shared by all before our descent. Watching the sun come up over the Tetons and trout enjoying a sunrise meal at the surface of the lake encourages reflection as we contemplate the beauty of the backcountry. Everything just feels right out here. Once we are loaded up and ready to hike it's all downhill as they say. But that's not necessarily accurate on this adventure. There are the 14 switchbacks up to "Blister Ridge." From there, it's all downhill to the trailhead. We usually arrive about 3:30 pm, and from there we will unload, share some laughs about our journey and drive back to Jackson Hole for our final good byes.


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°