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Spring Wolf Trek

Dates: May 3-7, 2015
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Cost*: $1,350.00
Deposit required: $500.00 per person
*Cost is per person based on double occupancy. $0.00 additional for single room supplement.
Plus tax when applicable.


Yellowstone native and wilderness enthusiast Dr. Nathan Varley has led this fantastic hiking adventure across Yellowstone’s famous Northern Range for over 10 years. From the rocky walls of the Black Canyon to the sweeping green hills of the Hellroaring Slope, these lands abound with spring wildlife: newborn bison calves cavorting among the herd, bear cubs emerging from dens, and wolf packs trotting in search of prey.

Have you always wanted to backpack but not carry all the weight? This is your chance. Our supported trek is an active adventure in which participants carry their own personal and safety gear (sleeping bag, pad, tent, and clothing) over rough trails 5-8 miles per day. All meals will be provided by staff and include healthy and wholesome foods that meet high energy needs.

We will do some evening and morning wildlife watches from scenic vistas. Mid-day, the group hikes to new campsite and new vistas for each of the 3 nights.

Crisp, colorful sunrises, dramatic thunderstorms, and vast stretches of grassland with elk and bison combine with the rumbling of a swollen river to make this experience very memorable.

The Spring Wolf Trek is a fun-filled adventure promising the experience of incredible wildlife and exquisite wilderness in one professionally guided program. Join The Wild Side, LLC, in May for the Spring Wolf Trek!


May 3, 2015 — Meet expedition staff at 7 PM at the Track Center in Gardiner, Montana, at the north entrance to Yellowstone Park. We will do an orientation to go over the schedule, gear, and overall plan before leaving for the wilderness. The initial meeting includes a casual dinner. Camping or lodging will be on your own in the Gardiner or Mammoth Hot Springs area.

May 4, 2015 — An early departure will allow an initial road-based wildlife safari to Lamar Valley and other wildlife-rich portions of Yellowstone’s Northern Range. After lunch, we will leave the road behind and embark on the wilderness portion of the trek. The first region will be Hellroaring Creek where we trek 5 miles to a stream side camp. Elk, bison, coyotes, and wolves are among the species often seen in this area. After settling into the campsite with an early dinner we will proceed to wildlife viewing at a nearby scenic vista for the evening. A short hike to a nice hill-top vantage provides a great opportunity for watching animals until the sun sets.

May 5, 2015 — We take to the trail initially with its many scenic river views 5 miles to an area that has often been used by resident wolf packs. Also, bears, bison, raptors, cranes and other wildlife abound in this pristine area. After arriving in camp and having dinner, we will search from an observation point near camp expecting unparalleled views and great wildlife sightings for the evening.

May 6, 2015 — After an encore return to the observation point in the early morning, we will have breakfast prior to descending 6 miles through the Black Canyon, a rugged stretch of rock and forest along the Yellowstone River. This section of the trail offers some of the best wilderness hiking the park has to offer—a breathless combination of towering rock walls and lazy river bends dotted with sandy beaches. An abundance of birds, elk, deer, black bears, and river otters may be spotted along the trail, as well as, any of Yellowstone ’s wolves that use the same route to traverse the intractable canyon. After dinner in camp, we could offer a short walk to scenic and wildlife rich areas if time allows.

May 7, 2015 — Our final day’s hike ascends 5 miles out of the canyon through a grassland section of the Blacktail Plateau. On our route elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and mule deer are often seen. Spectacular mountain and river scenery hem this section as the trail takes the group back to the trailhead where we will drive back to Gardiner. The program ends late afternoon.

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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