A Trek with
The Wild Side, LLC
28.5 miles +
optional side trips
Bechler Region is
the remote southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park where there are
virtually no roads and only a vast network of trails.
Also, known as the Cascade Corner, the Bechler region is well-known for
amazing waterfalls, lush forests and wet meadows.
The route of this trek ascends through the vast meadow area of the
Bechler River, up the river canyon past several major falls, to the three forks
of the headwaters. Located at the
headwaters are hot springs for soaking weary bones!
A gentle climb leads up and over several crossings of the Continental
Divide where sweeping views of the Madison Plateau greet travelers before
descending down the Firehole River. The
final leg takes us leisurely into the Old Faithful area, Yellowstone’s top
attraction, where we rest and relax at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge after 5 days
on the trail.
10 Arrive to Bozeman, Montana,
stay night at Best Western Grantree Inn (included), dinner on your own.
September 11 After breakfast (included), depart for trailhead at Bechler Ranger Station, southwest Yellowstone National Park. Driving route takes us up the Gallatin Canyon to West Yellowstone, then over the continental divide into Idaho south to Ashton. Picnic lunch served along the way. From Ashton we travel to Bechler Ranger Station where we check in with the rangers before hitting the trail. First leg of hiking is a modest 4 miles to the edge of Bechler Meadows. (3.5 miles)
September 12 Trek through the lovely Bechler Meadows in the morning, watching for moose, elk, and a variety of birds. The afternoon segment ascends the rugged Bechler River Canyon, past an assortment of amazing waterfalls
After an optional morning return to Mr. Bubbles, ascend up past the 3 river
confluence of the Bechler River to its headwaters.
High elevation meadows on the Madison Plateau afford views of the
Pitchstone Plateau, Red Mountains, and Teton Range. Optional evening climb of
Douglas Knob (5 miles + 1 mile)
14 The route gradually climbs
through forest and meadow crossing the Continental Divide twice before
descending the upper Firehole River valley.
Our campsite sits near the Lone Star Geyser which has an eruption cycle
of roughly 3 hours. (8.5 miles)
The remaining trail passes various hot spring areas as it gradually descends
into the Old Faithful area where we can check prediction times and possibly
catch some world-class geyser eruptions. Arrival
at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge at the end of the trail comes with culture shock,
a shower, a comfy night’s stay, and dinner at the Obsidian Room (included).
(4 miles + geyser basin walks)
September 16 After breakfast, depart for Bozeman via West Yellowstone and the Gallatin Canyon. We will be able to make flight times anytime after NOON in Bozeman. We can adjust the schedule based on afternoon flight times. (0 miles)
all transportation, meals in the backcountry, some meals as noted outside the
backcountry, lodging (2 nights), guiding, and national park fees.
Participants are expected to carry their own gear and a portion of group food. Staff will carry group gear.