Yellowstone National Park
Llama trips in Yellowstone advertised on this site are conducted by Llama Adventures Unlimited LLC, DBA Access Wild, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.
Named after Albert Gallatin, a Swiss immigrant who settled in western Pennsylvania in the 1780s and later became US Secretary of the Treasury, the Gallatin mountain range extends 75 miles north and south hurdling the Montana/Wyoming border with its southern portion in Yellowstone National Park. There are 10 mountains over 10,000 feet with Electric Peak being the highest at 10,969 feet.
Gallatin Range | Wellness & Scenic Trek
August 23-27, 2020 | 5-day/4-night
20+ Miles | Intermediate
This is a great 5-day trek that will provide you with incredible views of the Gallatin range of northern Yellowstone NP and the famous Electric Peak. Late August is a great time to stay up high taking advantage of the cooler air, some wildflowers will still be in bloom, and less mosquitoes and other biting bugs. In August, we’ll still experience afternoon thunderstorms but not as many as sometimes we experience in July. August can be lots of sunshine! We all need our Vitamin D!
Play Outside. Eat Healthy. Be one with Llamas.
This Wellness Trek is all about experiencing nature. We all know the feeling we get when we experience those “awe moments”. Those moments that put a smile on our face. When we recognize beauty taking a moment to gaze upon in awe. There’s something about watching birds play in the trees or listening to the creek tumble down the mountain. (Here’s a great article on Nature Really is Good For You.) We want to enhance your wilderness experience with natures beauty, by getting some exercise, eating healthy, and little llama therapy. Our pack llamas really enhance your experience in the mountains while on the trail.
What To Expect
This Gallatin Range Llama Trek is a 5-day, 20+ mile adventure with one layover day starting just south of Big Sky, Montana in the northwestern section of Yellowstone NP. We’ll provide all the sleeping gear, camping gear, kitchen, and an incredible menu of your favorite backcountry meals. Our guides will not only make sure you stay safe and introduce you to the flora and fauna of Yellowstone country, they even make for great backcountry chefs. Providing great cuisine is a prerequisite.
On Day 1, our llama trek will start at the Specimen Creek trailhead where we’ll meet the llamas, sort out gear, go over any last minute safety concerns, and load the llamas. We’ll start by hiking up Specimen Creek for 2.0 miles then heading 4.4 miles east up the East Fork Specimen Creek to our first camp. Elevation gain is about 1000 feet over 6.4 miles. This is a nice trail through heavily burned forest from 1988. Its neat to see the recovery on new growth. Our camp sits just on the edge of the forest and a beautiful meadow. We’ll settle into making camp and having a tasty dinner. The next day we’ll move camp to a nice alpine lake.
Day 2 will begin early with a hearty breakfast before breaking camp and moving to Sportsman Lake which is 5 miles up and down a small ridge. This is a pleasant hike through the forest for about 1.75 miles before the terrain opens up with good views of Electric Peak. We’ll finish the last bit down hill to the beautiful lake setup against a mountain with a big meadow. We’ll spend two nights here.
Day 3 is yours to enjoy. One option is to hike a 6+ miles round trip to the shoulder of Electric Peak to look over into the headwaters of the Gardiner River. Another options is to hike the peak that sits above Sportsman Lake. Or we can enjoy book next to the lake.
Day 4 will begin early as we make our way back to the trailhead. Today will be a 4-5 mile hike after a good breakfast, breaking camp and hiking with your trusty trail llama. Instead of following the Specimen Creek drainages, we’ll look for something different by way of Fan Creek after the first two miles. Once on Fan Creek, our camp will sit just off the trail in a nice meadow overlooking Fan Creek.
Our last day will be a hard one. Leaving this beautiful place and your trail llama makes for a bitter sweet last 5 miles to the trailhead of Fan Creek. You will want to keep your eyes out for wildlife. Black bears, grizzly bears, moose and elk frequent the area.
Price: $2000/person (5-days/4-nights).
Trips Dates: August 9-13, 2020. Custom dates available.
Included: All meals, beverages, snacks, and camping equipment including sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and backpacking tents. Also included is your own llama trail companion, trail guide, interpretation of the flora, fauna, geography and history. Inquire about our fly fishing packages.
Excluded: Airfare, arrival/departure hotel (can add at additional cost), transportation to trailhead, Yellowstone NP fishing license, YNP Entrance fees, gratuities (10-20% suggested).