Mount Holmes Trek ~ inquire about custom dates

July 16-18, 2021
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Deposit required:
$250.00 per person

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Explore Yellowstone's incredible wilderness with our naturalists and learn about the rich flora, fauna, and geology while avoiding crowds. One of the safest ways to experience the wonders of the park is to hit the trail and stay outdoors! Yellowstone Wolf Tracker guides are backpacking experts who have guest safety foremost in mind. Travel with them to Yellowstone's most remote settings for an unforgettable wildlife and wilderness experience.

Mount Holmes is a spectacular destination in Yellowstone’s deep backcountry. The peak lies on the southern terminus of the Gallatin Mountains in the northwestern part of the park. The seldom-used trail traverses forest and meadows to the foothills of the Gallatins, an area rich in wildlife. A basecamp along Winter Creek provides for a reasonable day hike of the peak. Spectacular views of the Yellowstone caldera rim and the surrounding mountains greet visitors at the top, and all along the ascent.

Our treks are true wilderness treks, or SLEEP ON THE GROUND, WALK IN THE RAIN. Mount Holmes is a ~20 mile route for experienced backpackers, equipped with their own reliable gear. A list of suggested items will be furnished and please inquire about options for borrowing gear.

The program fee includes backcountry reservation permits and all meals on the trail (simple but wholesome). Our cancellation policy for our treks is amended to be NO RISK. If you need to cancel prior to the start of the trek, for any reason, a full refund will be given. Best of all, the trek is led by our Certified Interpretive Guide staff, bringing years of outdoor skill to enrich your wilderness experience.


July 16, 2021

Meet the guides at the trailhead at a designated time in the afternoon. The initial route is 6 miles through post-1988 fire regrowth, often full of wildflowers, to a secluded camp in the forest near Winter Creek. If conditions allow, a campfire will afford some warmth and conversation well into the evening.

July 17, 2021

An early start ensures a moderately paced ascent of 2100 feet along a nicely graded trail. To avoid possible thunderstorms in the region above timberline, the group will hope to summit and begin the return by early afternoon. The remains of a former fire lookout station that burned after being struck by lightning in 2019 are located at the top. Gorgeous views of nearby peaks and lakes dotted below make this mountain a very memorable adventure. Total round-trip for this day hike is 10.4 miles, returning to the same camp.

July 18, 2021

After a morning in camp, a final walk out to the trailhead ends the trek by about mid-day.

Terms and conditions

Cancellations: To book a package, multi-day group program, a per person deposit is required up front to reserve a space. The balance will be due prior to the beginning of the program, usually 30-60 days out, depending on the specific program. A full refund minus $45 processing fee will be given for all cancellations more than 45 days before the trip. For cancellations less than 45 days prior to departure, the deposit is non-refundable. We accept personal and/or cashier's checks made to THE WILD SIDE, LLC, and mailed to PO BOX 769, Gardiner MT 59030, or you may also sign up here at the Yellowstone Wolf Guides web pages.

Health and Safety: The trip requires good physical fitness and mobility, or the ability to walk up to 1 mile over uneven terrain. The trip is suitable for people of all ages, though children below the age of 14 must receive prior approval. If you have health questions, consult your doctor for more information. The tour leaders must be advised in advance of any special health needs. Weather conditions can change without notice and it is the responsibility of the traveler to have proper clothing and equipment. We will provide a list for the clothing and gear recommended for the trip.

Responsibilities and Conditions: We act only in the capacity of agent in all matters of transportation and tour operation. We are not responsible for delays, inconveniences, accidents, expense or mishap of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part, from the negligence of others or from causes beyond our control. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the participant, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. The right is reserved to substitute accommodations or modes of transportation and to make any changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary or caused by changes in transportation schedules. We take no responsibility for special arrangements or problems incurred by persons physically unable to participate in the planned activities. No refund can be made for absence from the tour unless arrangements are made at the time of the booking. The right is reserved to decline, to accept or to retain any person as a tour member for any reason which affects the operation of the tour or the rights and welfare or enjoyment of the other tour members. We will not discriminate against any individual because of race, sex, creed or nationality.

Cancelled Trips: We reserve the right to cancel any trip if conditions arise that are beyond our control and adversely affects the well-being of the trip members. In such a case, a full refund of the trip cost is given, but we are not responsible for additional expenses incurred by members in preparing for the trip including flights and other travel expenses.

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