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Bechler Meadows Loop

Highlights

  • Amazing Yellowstone waterfalls
  • Soaking in natural hot springs
  • Vast Yellowstone meadow systems
  • Rich wildlife habitat
  • Moderate hiking
  • Comfortable hiking and camps


Description

This trip explores the stunning Bechler River meadows, waterfalls and hot springs of Southwest Yellowstone. We spend multiple nights at two of the camps, which allows us to settle in and explore the waterfalls and hot springs without the logistical complexities of moving camp each day. This trip is a diverse, wonderful hike accentuated and enriched by our wonderful llama trail companions. The llamas will carry the bulk of the supplies as we hike in comfort, without the heavier backpacks of a more traditional backpacking trip. We will eat like kings and queens, enjoy unforgettable Yellowstone meadows, keep a sharp eye out for wildlife, soak in hot springs, sit beneath waterfalls, swim in mountain rivers, and soak up the serenity of Yellowstone's vast backcountry.

Please note: Due to Yellowstone's permit system, it's best to register before March 1st of the year you'd like to hike with us. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more!
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 2.5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Change: minimal
This Yellowstone llama trek starts off with pick up from your hotel in Jackson Hole. We head west over Teton Pass from Jackson, WY, where we meet up with our llamas and continue on to our remote trailhead. We will take time at the trailhead to get packed up and to get you introduced to your llama. Today's hike takes us through pine forests, vast open meadows, Teton views, and at least one water crossing. We will set up a homey camp next to a cool refreshing creek, and relax over a hearty backcountry dinner.
Day 2
  • Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 feet
Today is a layover day for hiking up the Boundary Creek watershed for waterfall views and soaking in hot springs. Leaving the llamas at camp, we can travel as far up canyon as the group desires, and regardless will spend substantial time at Dunanda Falls. These falls are special due to a variety of thermal springs and hot pools right in the creek downstream of the waterfall. The view of the falls while sitting in a hot spring next to a rushing mountain river is an amazing experience, and one not soon forgotten. After a wonderful picnic lunch, plenty of time at the falls, and as much hiking as the group desired, we will return to our camp from night one, so we can relax and enjoy another great dinner and relaxing evening.
Day 3
  • Hiking Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
Today after a delicious breakfast, we will pack up our gear and llamas and head east, exploring more of the Bechler River Valley. Our mileage for the day is short, which allows us to take time departing in the morning and to enjoy all the Bechler River Valley has to offer. Our campsite for this night is adjacent to the Bechler River. We spend most of the day in the expansive Bechler Meadows, with a chance to enjoy a refreshing swim at one of the river crossings.
Day 4
  • Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 700 feet
  • Elevation Loss: minimal
Today is a layover day to soak up the beauty of this amazing canyon. We have a variety of options in regards to hikes, heading north along the Bechler River to Colonnade Falls or Ranger Lake. Leaving the llamas at camp again allows us to explore more of what the Bechler Valley has to offer. You'll have time to enjoy a good book, relax, do some exploring on your own, or possibly some fishing if that's your thing. Once we have lunch, we will make our way back to our campsite, to check in on the llamas, relax and enjoy another delicious backcountry dinner and (weather permitting) campfire under the stars.
Day 5
  • Hiking Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 2.5 hours
Our last morning of the tour, we will rise early, have our last breakfast of the trip and pack up our gear and llamas. After a final, nearly seven-mile hike through meadows and beautiful stands of lodgepole pine we’ll arrive at the Bechler Ranger Station, which marks the end of our llama trek. We'll shuttle back to Jackson Hole and say our good-byes.



Union Falls 7-Day Variation:

We can add an extra 2 days to this trip which allows us to visit Union Falls, the 2nd largest waterfall in Yellowstone National Park. On the 5th day, instead of hiking 6.5 miles to the Trailhead, we will continue southeast, towards the southern border of the Park. After a short break for lunch, we will reach our campsite for the next 2 nights. This sets us up for a nice layover day to explore Union Falls. This is an excellent option for folks interested in a longer trip and Yellowstone's amazing waterfalls.



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 Yellowstone National Park 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 Jackson 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 a 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. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before your trip to coordinate the rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have.

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 5-8 guests; and 3 guides/handlers for 9-12 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°