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Dailey Creek - Big Horn Peak

Highlights

  • Hike border to border in the western region of the park
  • Climb one of the tallest peaks in Yellowstone
  • Enjoy a pristine riverside basecamp for 2 nights
  • Bring along your camera for great opportunities for bear sightings
  • See historic and rustic cabins along our hike
  • View the famous Sky Rim and Gallatin National Forest
  • Good chance of seeing Buffalo, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats
  • Hike in comfort with just a light day pack
  • Enjoy our top-notch service and wonderful llamas!


Description

Hiking the North-West region of Yellowstone can be very rewarding. This trip is very well suited for families looking for a great 3-day Yellowstone adventure and yet still caters to the those looking to challenge themselves. Dailey Creek is where our trek begins. We will literally cross the Yellowstone border together as we hike through the meadows and valleys of the West Slope. We will pass Lava Butte and even get to see some historic cabins along the trail. We will stay at a beautiful riverside campsite for two nights.

The highlight of this trip is the trek to the stunning Big Horn Peak that overlooks the Sky Rim, Tom Miner Creek and is on the crest of the park border. We literally hike border to border in the western region of the park in just three days. There are gorgeous meadows and pine forest canopies that are rich with wildflowers and wildlife. We almost always see wildlife on this 3-day journey. It is not something you want to miss!
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 3.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1200 feet
This Yellowstone llama trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson, WY. We'll shuttle to the northwest corner of Yellowstone at the foot of the spectacular Gallatin Mountains. We'll prep the llamas, do an orientation, and hit the trail up the Dailey Creek Drainage. 

Dailey Creek is a beautiful drainage in Yellowstone that starts off very gradually and has expansive views of the trek ahead. We will pass by several historic landmarks today, including cabins still in use by the park. There are many buttes and unique rock formations that serve as scenic landmarks. We will hit our highpoint for lunch and then wind down the trail to our riverside campsite, where we'll spend both nights.

Tomorrow is a big day for those that want to go climb the Big Horn Peak, and we need to eat big to fuel big! That is why we packed all fresh ingredients and will prepare you a hearty backcountry meal you won’t soon forget.  Warm up by the fire, enjoy the dark sky and bask in the memories of today and the anticipation of tomorrow's summit of Big Horn Peak!
Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 10.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2600 feet
Day 2 of this trip is a truly spectacular day! We wake up and enjoy some coffee or tea as your guides prepare breakfast and get the llamas ready for our peak climbing day. After breakfast we will start our hike off by heading away from camp towards the amazing Sky Rim Trail. We'll traverse the mountain side on the Black Butte Trail until we reach our stunning destination: Big Horn Peak. We often see Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep on this hike and have also seen a wolf, so we'll keep our eyes pealed. It is a wonderful accomplishment to stand on top of Big Horn Peak, looking around at the 360 degree views and taking advantage of one of the spots for photography in Yellowstone!

We'll enjoy a picnic lunch on the summit and then return to camp, where we'll build another roaring campfire and enjoy a celebratory feast on our last night in the backcountry.
Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 3 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 600 feet
  • Shuttle: 3.5 hours
We had a big day yesterday with over 10 miles of trekking, so we'll sleep in and enjoy a leisurely morning today. Your guides will prepare a world class backcountry breakfast before we break camp and begin our hike out. This is our last morning together so we will pack up all our gear and load up our trusty llamas for our trek out. We will make quick work of our short hike out, and once we reach the trailhead we will say our goodbyes to our llamas and take our last pictures. It is a beautiful drive on the way back to Jackson and is often filled with buffalo and other wildlife. What an amazing 3 days it's been!



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 predetermined hotel in Jackson, Wyoming for an orientation meeting at 6:00 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 contact you approximately 10 days before your trip to coordinate your 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°