Backpacking, Camping, Single Overnight

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – PEBBLE CREEK TRAIL OVERNIGHT BACKPACKING

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 08/25/2021 - 08/28/2021

Cooke City, MT, Cooke City-Silver Gate Montana

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Cooke City, MT

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This is a Guided Trip in Yellowstone’s rugged northeast section contains some of the park’s most spectacular mountain scenery. This trail affords adventuresome visitors a taste of this vast untamed wilderness and provides opportunities to view forest fire effects, a beautiful stream, and plentiful wildlife, including bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
The trail begins at the Warm Creek Trailhead a mile or so west of the park’s Northeast Entrance Gate. You’ll need to either leave a car at the Pebble Creek Campground Trailhead or arrange to be picked up at the end of this shuttle. The good news is, by taking the trail from north to south, you have a net loss of 500 feet.
COST: 375.00 a person
Bring your fording shoes; the trail crosses Pebble Creek 5 times
This small corner of Yellowstone is the best area of the park to view mountain goats. Though not native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, these fascinating animals were introduced into the Beartooth Mountains in the 1940s and have crossed over into the park. If present, their stark white bodies are easily spotted against the darker mountains. Elk and mule deer are also commonly seen in this area. It is also a good route to see black bear.

We meet the day before the hike at Pebble Creek Campground. This is a First Come First Serve National Forest Campground managed by Recreation.gov and Yellowstone. Please make sure you are in the Campground on August 25th. We will have made arrangements for a campsite

Cooke City, Montana is 9 miles away with a Trading Post (oldest Trading Post in Montana) you can pick up supplies.  

Day One: August 25th

We spend the rest of the day setting up at Camp and doing pack shakedowns for our Pepple Creek Trail Overnight Backpacking Trip. This is a chance to meet others and get familiar with the itinerary. We will have a hearty dinner on us, and hopefully have a campfire under the stars.

Day Two: August 26th. 

Start our Overnight Backpacking Trip on the Pebble Creek Trail (12 miles)

Yellowstone's rugged northeast section contains some of the park's most spectacular mountain scenery. This trail affords adventuresome visitors a taste of this vast untamed wilderness and provides opportunities to view forest fire effects, a beautiful stream, and plentiful wildlife, including bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Bring your fording shoes; the trail crosses Pebble Creek 5 times (at 1.2 mi, 3.5 mi, 6.6 mi, 7.5 mi & 12.1 mi). Although the last ford can be avoided by taking a short spur trail at the end of the hike.

We will camp in a true Yellowstone Wilderness site that will really ensure you a real camping experience in Yellowstone.

Day Three: August 27th

The next morning we finish the trail and end up right at our Camp spot in Pebble Creek Campground. We will have a good ol fashion Yellowstone Cookout with all the fixin's. We have to feed Hungry Hikers.

Day Four: August 28th

This is your day to explore anything or anywhere you like. We all meet up that evening at the Campground and have Dinner, Campfire and tell tall stories about our adventures. Drum Circle might just spontaneously happen.

Day Five: August 29th

We pack up and head home. Trip is over. Safe Travels

Pebble Creek Campground—elevation 6,900 feet (2103 m)—lies against the dramatic backdrop of the Absaroka Mountains near the park's Northeast Entrance and offers a more isolated camping experience. Day hiking opportunities are available nearby. Soda Butte Creek offers fishing opportunities and there are outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities throughout Lamar Valley. This campground run by the National Park Service contains reservable and first-come, first-served sites.

AMENITIES:
Cell Phone Reception: No
Internet Connectivity: No
Trash/Recycling Collection: Yes, Seasonal
Food Storage Lockers: Yes, Seasonal
Camp Store: No
Ice for Sale: No
Firewood for Sale: No
Staff On Site: Yes, Seasonal
Amphitheater: No
Laundry: No
Dump Station: No
Potable Water: Potable Water - Seasonal
FIRE/STOVE POLICY:
Wood and charcoal fires are permitted in this campground, though special fire restrictions are occasionally put in place when the danger of wildland fires is great. If you plan to light a fire in the park, please ask about current fire restrictions at the entrance station when you arrive. Propane grills and stoves are normally not restricted.
 
We will provide 

Being a Northern mountain environment, Yellowstone is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Yellowstone. In June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you’re likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow appropriate clothing suggestions. 

THIS IS GRIZZLY BEAR COUNTRY. PLAN AHEAD AND BE PREPARED. 

GEAR

  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Bear spray canisters and food-hanging gear
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • bug spray
  • Emergency communication device(s)
  • At least a 50 Liter Backpack (that fits)
  • Tent 
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag rated for 30 degrees
  • Rain Jacket
  • Hiking Poles (Required for this trip)
  • 1 Lunch 1 Dinner 1 Breakfast  A few snacks (don't over pack food)
  • 3 liter water platy or equivalent water bottles

CLOTHING

Wicking, quick-drying underwear
Wicking, quick-drying sports bra
Wicking, quick-drying long underwear
Wicking, quick-drying T-shirt and long-sleeve shirt
Quick-drying pants (for added tick protection) or shorts
Fleece jacket or vest, or insulated jacket or vest
Midweight down or synthetic jacket
Waterproof/breathable rain jacket
Bandana or Buff
Sun-shielding hat or ball cap
Winter hat
Hiking boots or hiking shoes suited to terrain
Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
Gaiters (for added tick protection)
Sandals (for fording streams and relaxing in camp)
Swimwear (optional)
Change of clothes to leave in car

Pebble Creek Campground is located in the park's Northern Range about 12 miles from the Northeast Entrance near Cooke City, MT. It is located about 40 miles from the North Entrance and Gardiner, MT. Visit our website for more information, driving directions and park maps: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/directions.htm

There are so many places to stay in and around Yellowstone. Most campgrounds and RV parks will more than likely be booked. However. Yellowstone National Park is surrounded by National Forests. Lots of FREE Camping and inexpensive Campgrounds to choose from. 

FREE CAMPING:

Henry Lake BLM is a FREE campsite.  https://freecampsites.net/#!27545&query=sitedetails

Island Park, Idaho
GPS: 44.616671, -111.415721
Elevation: 6516'

Getting Here

Latitude

44° 55' 1.1327" N

Longitude

110° 6' 49.7102" W

 
If you are coming in from the East Entrance from Cody, WY
 
AmericInn Lodge and Suites of Cody

508 Yellowstone Avenue
Cody WY 82414
(307) 587-7716

4 Bears Bed & Breakfast
779 Hwy 290
Meeteetse WY 82433
(307) 868-2157

Best Western Sunset Inn

1601 8th Street
Cody WY 82414
(307) 587-4265

Coming from the West Entrance from West Yellowstone

Holiday Inn® West Yellowstone

315 Yellowstone Avenue

West Yellowstone, MT 59758

866-484-1956

Coming from North Entrance from Gardiner, MT

The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone

905 Scott Street W

Gardiner, MT 59030

406-848-4160

If you have any questions always reach out to us. 

Bookings

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In 2003 I completed a Thru-Hike on the Appalachian Trail. Since then I have over 12,000 miles underfoot and 20 years of backpacking, and camping experience. Certifications include WFA, WFR, LNT Trainer, and belong to AORE. Have been guiding backpacking trips for over 10 years. The outdoors has taught me one thing. Trusting the Trail! really does provide everything a person needs.

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