Yellowstone Guided Backpacking Trips, Cascade Corner, Yellowstone
Yellowstone Guided Backpacking Tours, The Bechler River Trail
Bechler Region/Cascade Corner Itinerary
Day 1 - Moderate - 7-10 mi/12-16 km
Our group will meet at the hotel in Bozeman, Montana before traveling to the Lone Star Trailhead just south of Old Faithful. From here it's an easy walk along the Firehole River to Lone Star Geyser. This is one of the largest cone-shaped geysers in the park and eruptions take place every 3 hours. From here we'll continue along the Shoshone Lake Trail south, crossing the Continental Divide at Grants Pass (8,000 ft.). We'll spend the night at one of two campsites depending on their availability (8G1 or 8R5). Both provide access to the remote Shoshone Geyser Basin with 8R5 located on the shores of Shoshone Lake. Shoshone Geyser Basin boasts the highest concentration of geysers in the world.

Day 2 - Moderate - 6-7 mi/9-11 km
On day two we'll continue moving south along the Bechler River Trail climbing to the highest point on the trail at 8,500 ft. We'll have the option of camping at one of three sites; 9D1 Ferris Fork, 9D2 Gregg Fork or 9D3 Douglas Knob. Again, campsite availability will dictate our distances for the day. We'll visit the hot spring known as Mr. Bubbles for an afternoon soak.

Day 3 - Easy - 7-9 mi/11-14 km
On day three we'll enter the Bechler Canyon and begin hiking along the Bechler River. The trail passes a number of prominent features, including; Twister Falls, Three River Junction, the Cascades, Treasure Island as well as Iris and Colonnade Falls. Campsite options include; 9B4, 9B5, 9B6 and 9B7.

Day 4 - Easy - 5-9 mi/8-14 km
On day four we'll enter the northern edge of the Bechler Meadows. With a little luck we'll be able to see the Grand Tetons on the horizon to the southeast. Here we'll change directions and head north toward our final campsite near Dunanda and Silver Scarf Falls. Another hot spring at the base of Dunanda Falls gives the opportunity to soak in Boundary Creek.

Day 5 - Easy - 8 mi/12.8 km
Our last day is an easy hike through open meadows and lodgepole pine forests to the trailhead at the Bechler Ranger Station. Here we'll meet our shuttle which will take us back to the town of West Yellowstone and the starting point for this 40 mile trek. Our drive time will be approximately 2-2 1/2 hours.

NOTE: This hike has multiple stream crossings. Sandals or river shoes are required (PLEASE, NO FLIP FLOPS).

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Trip Dates

Price Per


Total Distance






Aug 20-24


5 Days/4 Nights

39.2 mi/63 km

Easy to


6,500-8,500 ft.



What's Included?
Round-trip transportation from Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park, Professional Guide, Backcountry Permits, Entrance Fees, 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.

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.

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

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

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Bechler Region 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. Bathing suit
  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
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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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.
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:

For more information please contact us at:
Tel: 1-406-595-1823

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