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Yellowstone NP backpack

Description: The plan is to backpack the Yellowstone NP in the first week of Aug for 4 days 3 nights. I have already applied for permits and will get confirmation from the park office in April. I have chosen some of the most scenic and quintessential Yellowstone hikes for this trip. The exact dates will be Aug 3rd to 6th. We will be hiking roughly a total of 22-30 miles over 4 days giving us plenty of time to enjoy the backcountry and soak in the scenery and wildlife sightings. In one day not more than 8 miles. All of these are shuttle hikes (Point A to point B) and we will have to arrange for a shuttle for only one person to pick up the car. The shuttle distance is no more than 20-30 miles frequented by tourists so it may be even possible to hitch a ride.

I have given 3 choices in the permit application and depending on availability will get one of the 3:

First choice: Black Canyon and Buffalo Plateau. This will be a 4 days 3 nights adventure. Start from Hellroaring TH and hike to Buffalo Plateau and camp there. Hike back out and camp along Yellowstone river. Next 2 days hike along the Yellowstone river trail to Blacktail TH or the town of Gardiner (TBD).

Second choice: Heart lake and Mt Sheridan. This will be a 4 days 3 nights adventure. Start from the Heart Lake TH and hike to western shores of the lake. Set up a base camp and spend 2 nights there. On day 2 hike up to top of Mt Sheridan (10305 elevation) for expansive views of the surrounding area. The next 2 days hike along the Heart lake trail and South Boundary trail with another night in backcountry. Finish at South Boundary TH.

Third choice: Slough Creek and Pebble creek. This will be a 3 days 2 nights adventure. Start from Slough Creek TH and hike along the creek to the first camp. Then take the Bliss Pass trail to the second camp. Final day will be along Pebble creek trail to finish at warm creek TH. That night we car camp somewhere in the park (TBD). Last day in yellowstone we will do a day hike - either Lamar river trail or Specimen Ridge trail depending on energy levels. Both trails promise great opportunities for wildlife sightings.

We will take all precautions as outlined by the park services; carry bear spray and exercise common sense. You are expected to be self sufficient:

You should have backpacking experience and be comfortable in the backcountry for 4 days 3 nights. You should be able to hike ~8 miles each day.
You should bring your own gear and food.
You should be comfortable with wildlife around such as bison, grizzlies etc.
You should be comfortable fording creeks up to knee deep. Many of the trails above may require us to ford creeks. We are going in August and in a typical year the water flow has subsided by this time of the year. Each year is different and we will check with the backcountry office before we begin the hike.
You should follow all rules and regulations set by the park services.
Location: Yellowstone NP, Montana
Date: Friday, August 3, 2018
Time: All day event
Category: hiking*, backpacking*
Created by: Rajesh Rathi
Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5:48am GMT
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Activities Involved: Hiking,Backpacking
Activity Distance: 8 miles/day
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Difficulty: Moderate
Route Summary: First choice: Black Canyon and Buffalo Plateau. This will be a 4 days 3 nights adventure. Start from Hellroaring TH and hike to Buffalo Plateau and camp there. Hike back out and camp along Yellowstone river. Next 2 days hike along the Yellowstone river trail to Blacktail TH or the town of Gardiner (TBD).

Second choice: Heart lake and Mt Sheridan. This will be a 4 days 3 nights adventure. Start from the Heart Lake TH and hike to western shores of the lake. Set up a base camp and spend 2 nights there. On day 2 hike up to top of Mt Sheridan (10305 elevation) for expansive views of the surrounding area. The next 2 days hike along the Heart lake trail and South Boundary trail with another night in backcountry. Finish at South Boundary TH.

Third choice: Slough Creek and Pebble creek. This will be a 3 days 2 nights adventure. Start from Slough Creek TH and hike along the creek to the first camp. Then take the Bliss Pass trail to the second camp. Final day will be along Pebble creek trail to finish at warm creek TH. That night we car camp somewhere in the park (TBD). Last day in yellowstone we will do a day hike - either Lamar river trail or Specimen Ridge trail depending on energy levels. Both trails promise great opportunities for wildlife sightings.
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Total Shared Cost (Equally divided amongst all carpoolers including the driver, estimated):
Bring Lunch: Y
Hiking Boots: Y
Suncreen: Y
Hat: Y
Headlamp Required: Y
Water: 2L
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Dogs: not allowed
RSVP required: Y
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