Yellowstone Guided Backpacking, Shelf Lake
Shelf Lake Guided Backpacking Tours, Yellowstone
Shelf Lake Itinerary (3-Day Trips)
Day 1 - Difficult - 8 mi/13 km
We'll meet at the Specimen Creek Trailhead on the western edge of the park and begin the 8.0 mile trek to Shelf Lake. This is a strenuous day with about 1,400 feet of climbing taking place over the last 2.0 miles. The hike follows both Specimen Creek and the North Fork of Specimen Creek, passing through a handful of lush meadows filled with an abundance of wildflowers. At the junction with Crescent Lake the real work begins as we make our way to one of the highest lakes in Yellowstone.

Day 2 - Difficult - 5-6 mi/4-10 km
On your second day you'll have the option to hike to Bighorn Peak (9,889 ft.) or Sheep Mountain (9,855 ft.). The views from either summit stretch as far as Paradise Valley to the east, the Taylor Hilgards and the Madison Range to the west and Electric Peak to the south. Electric Peak is the tallest mountain in the Gallatin Range and reaches an elevation of 10,969 feet. These are unforgettable hikes with incredible views that are sure to leave you breathless.

Day 3 - Easy - 8 mi/13 km
On day three we'll enjoy a relaxing morning in camp before beginning the 8.0 mile hike back to the Specimen Creek Trailhead.

Click here to read the complete trail description for this hike.

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2018
Trip Dates

Package
Price Per
Person



Duration



Total Distance


Difficulty
Rating

Min/Max
Group
Sizes


Average
Elevations


Age
Limit



Region

July 9-11

$675

3 Days/2 Nights

15.6 mi/25 km

Difficult

2-7

7,000-9,000 ft.

14+

Northwest

Aug 14-16

$675

3 Days/2 Nights

15.6 mi/25 km

Difficult

2-7

7,000-9,000 ft.

14+

Northwest


What's Included?
Round-trip transportation from Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park, Professional Guide, Backcountry Permits, Backpack, Tent (3-season, 2-person), Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Pad (20º F), Cook Stove, Cooking Fuel, Water Filter; Trekking Poles, Group First-aid Kit, Bear Spray, Meals and Snacks (meals are supplied while backpacking only). See the gear checklist below for the additional items you are responsible for bringing.

Discounted lodging is available to any of our guests planning to stay in Bozeman, Montana. Please call or email us for details.

NOTE: If you supply your own backpacking equipment/clothing and food (see items listed above) you will receive a discount of $200 off your trip. Please let us know ahead of time so we can plan accordingly.

Food
If you have any food allergies or special meal preferences please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your request. Additional fees may apply for special dietary food requests. We pack a variety of meals for dinners along with high-calorie energy bars, oatmeal, dried fruits, granola, nuts, and beef jerky for lunches.

Returning guests will receive a 10% discount on all future trips with us.



Not Included?
Airfare, Trip Insurance, Hotel Reservations, Personal Items



For flight and rental car information please click here.

Travel Agency
Need help getting to and from the area? Contact TravelCafe
1-800-247-3538
TravelCafe

Shuttle Services
There are a number of reliable shuttle services in the region that offer transportation to and from the park.
Karst Stage
Vexi Premium Ride Service
Yellowstone Road Runner

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Black Canyon of the Yellowstone Gear Checklist Yellowstone Backpacking Preparation
  1. A good pair of waterproof hiking boots
    (already broken-in)
  2. Rain gear/jacket and rain pants
  3. Warm coat (fleece or down).
    Temps can drop into the 20's and 30's ºF at night.
  4. 3-4 pairs of synthetic hiking socks
  5. Sunscreen (small tube)
  6. Sandals or lightweight water shoes (No flip flops)
  7. Quick-drying hiking pants (zip-off legs are ideal),
    and/or a pair of shorts (no jeans)
  8. Mid to lightweight long underwear
    (tops and bottoms)
  9. Synthetic t-shirts
  10. Baseball hat or wide-brimmed hat
  11. Knit hat and warm gloves
  12. Personal items (deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste,
    lip balm, etc.). We strongly urge you to bring products with a minimal scent.
  13. Sunglasses
  14. Bug spray (on trips where indicated)
  15. Your sense of adventure

Optional Equipment/Items

  1. Gaiters
  2. Camera
  3. Binoculars
  4. Pocket knife or multi-tool
  5. A good book or magazine
Fitness
While these hikes are generally moderate in difficulty they do require a certain level of fitness and conditioning. Much of Yellowstone is situated at elevations that are above 6,000 ft. which can limit your normal level of physical activity. We recommend a regular fitness routine that includes most forms of cardio activity as well as regular day hikes in the footwear you plan to hike in. You must be able to carry between 30 and 60 lbs. of equipment in a variety of weather conditions and over a variety of terrain.

Medical Conditions
Please make us aware of any pre-existing medical conditions you or anyone in your party may have. If you are taking medications for these ailments please let us know. We will email you the appropriate forms once a trip is booked.

Yellowstone Weather
The weather in Yellowstone is very unpredictable and even though our trips are run during the summer months it can snow at any time of the year in Yellowstone. Daytime temperatures can range between 40ºF and 85ºF and nighttime temperatures can drop into the 20's and 30's ºF. You must be prepared for any type of weather. Click here for detailed information on the weather in Yellowstone.

Getting to Yellowstone
We recommend flying into the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) at Gallatin Field which is located 90 miles from the West Entrance and West Yellowstone, MT, and 95 miles from the North Entrance, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Albright Visitor Center. Click here for more information on air travel and rental car services.

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Number of People
Please Choose Your Dates
Deposit, Refund & Cancellation Policies

A deposit of $350 per person is required prior to the start of each trip.
For groups of 4 or more the deposit is $1,000 to reserve a trip.
The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the trip date.
If you book a tour less than 60 days prior to the trip date the full amount is due.

Trips cancelled up to 60 days prior to the tour date will have the initial deposit returned.
Trips cancelled between 60 and 30 days will receive a 50% refund on the total package price.
Trips cancelled less than 30 days from the start date are non refundable.*
Cancellations must be made in writing or by email.
Refunds will be issued within 90 days from the cancellation date.

* You may reschedule your trip if necessary. Email us for details.

Trail Guides, LLC reserves the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to the start date.
Under these circumstances we will refund the entire amount of the trip, including the deposit.
However, we cannot be held liable for individual travel expenses such as;
airfare, rental cars, equipment, meals, trip insurance, travel visas, medical expenses, etc.


NOTE: All backpacking trips are operated rain or shine. Because of the remote locations in which these trips are conducted
our schedule can vary depending on a variety of conditions but we make every effort to adhere to the itineraries outlined above.
The park service may close backcountry areas, campsites and trails due to bear, flood or wildfire activity.
If a tour is cancelled for reasons beyond our control we will issue a credit for a trip of equal value.

Cell service is very inconsistent throughout the park and we may not be able to contact you if we’re running late or vice versa. Wildlife and other unforeseen circumstances including, but not limited to; traffic jams, wildfires, animals, accidents, etc. can significantly delay our/your travel time to the designated meeting points, but we make every effort to be on time. Please be patient. Delays are inevitable in Yellowstone but we cannot be held liable for these unexpected inconveniences. On the day your trip begins you are required to wait for your guide a minimum of 2-3 hours from the appointed start time unless otherwise instructed. Day hikes and backpacking trips are non-refundable under these circumstances.

Click here to download a copy of our deposit, refund and cancellation policies.

We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance before you travel: WorldNomads.com

For more information please contact us at:
Tel: 1-406-595-1823
Email: info@trailguidesyellowstone.com

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