Heart Lake Trek ~ inquire for custom dates
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 Sheridan is a spectacular destination in Yellowstoneâ€™s deep backcountry. The isolated peak towers over the landscape of the southern end of Yellowstone. A popular trail provides access to this remote peak, but also the gorgeous vistas of Heart Lake and associated geyser basins. A basecamp along the shores of the lake is ideal for short side trips, and a day hike ascent of the peak.
Our treks are true wilderness treks, or SLEEP ON THE GROUND, WALK IN THE RAIN. Mount Sheridan is a 22.5 mile route is 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.
ScheduleSeptember 24, 2021
The group will meet at the trailhead at mid-day. A mostly flat route through forested areas leads to a breath-taking vista above the Heart Lake, a true jewel of Yellowstone's roadless areas. There the first view of the peak is glimpsed rising to dizzying heights from the shore of the lake. A modest descent along Witch Creek leads past some thermal features of the Heart Lake geyser basin. Once to the obsidian sand shores of the lake, a short access trail goes to the campsite nestled at the base of the peak. Total day length is just over 8 miles. With luck, some moon or starlight will enhance a pleasant evening where campfires are not permitted.September 25, 2021
A 6-mile round trip with 2,800 feet gain/loss to the summit of Mount Sheridan begins early to avoid late afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The trail gradually ascends via switchbacks through numerous forested areas and regenerating avalanche paths. The trail moderates along the ridgeline as elevation exceeds 10,000 peaks. Prized views greet hikers including the sprawling lakes, forested plateaus, and distant mountain ranges. The Teton Range are to the south, Absaroka Range to the east, and the Red Mountains to the west terminate with Mount Sheridan, its highest peak.September 26, 2021
The return trip is on the same trail through the geyser basins and forests of the plateau. Time-allowing, a few morning side trips for wildlife viewing might be possible before breaking camp. A mid-day arrival to the trailhead concludes the trek.
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.Sign up for trip >