Daily mileage and elevation may change.
This trip begins in Bozeman, Montana. We meet our backpacking companions at 8am at our host hotel in Bozeman.After a gear check and brief orientation, we load our gear into the support vehicle for the two-hour drive to the trailhead. Plan on adding five to ten pounds of shared group gear to your pack. Along the scenic drive, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Absaroka Mountain Range. After a quick stop at the Albright Visitor Center, we continue to our drive to the Hellroaring Creek Trailhead. We begin our journey by descending 500 feet to the Yellowstone River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in the continental United States. Black Canyon offers wonderful views of cascades and waterfalls. Our trail includes a couple of short (less than .5 mile) steep sections. Lunch and dinner included.
Backpacking: 6–8 miles, Elevation gain: 750'
After breakfast we break camp and continue backpacking down river. This section of the Black Canyon generally offers a chance to observe the abundant wildlife of Yellowstone: elk, bison, coyotes, moose, deer and an occasional bear may be seen. Our hike continues along the north bank of the Yellowstone River on a well maintained trail with a relatively gentle grade, although there are a few short creek crossings today. We arrive in camp with time to set up our tents and take an afternoon day hike before enjoying dinner prepared over the camp stove. All meals included.
Backpacking: 5–7 miles, Elevation loss: 250'
Today is a layover day, providing us with the opportunity to really soak up the surrounding environment however we prefer. We have the option to relax in camp, fish, or explore downstream to Knowles Falls and steeper parts of the Black Canyon. There are tremendous views of the Yellowstone River as it thunders downstream full of spring runoff. All meals included.
Optional hiking: 5–7 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +500'/-250'
From camp we hike upstream along Eagle Creek to the trailhead. The trail ascends sharply, passing a nice set of cascades, before leveling off in a beautiful valley of huge meadows and isolated stands of trees. Now out of the canyon, views of the surrounding country abound. It is the perfect end to a wonderful backpacking experience. We plan to be back at the hotel between 3–4pm. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Backpacking: 4–5 miles;, Elevation gain: 1,000'