We at Big Wild are extremely lucky to have had the privilege of guiding for 37 years in the incomparable Yellowstone backcountry. Each of our guided Yellowstone hiking trips is unique, because each different area of this magical diverse park is a unique landscape, with it’s own particular moods, scenery, biota, weather and geology. So while each trek is distinctive, and a “highlight” in its own right, here are just a few samples of the many memorable moments we shared with our clients in the Yellowstone wilds in 2015.
A personal highlight for me was the boar grizzly that our group safely watched in Northeast Yellowstone in early July. The bear was simply grazing in the adjacent meadow, clearly visible from where we stood at camp, about 400 yards away, aware of our presence, non-threatening, and simply minding his bear business (feeding!) as we watched this wonderful after-dinner show. Some drama occurred when a couple appeared on the pack-trail, heading straight toward the bear, oblivious to its presence. Seeing this potential trouble, we intercepted the grateful couple who opted to camp with our group that night, instead of continuing down the trail and approaching the grizzly. Good choice! We had another great griz sighting at one of our favorite hot springs soaking pools on our late summer trip in the wilds of Southern Yellowstone. David was the lucky guide on that trip, and everyone in the group got a great look at the bear. There was another great griz encounter on the August Southwest Yellowstone Bechler Waterfall trip, too.
Highlights galore! There were also plenty of spectacular sunsets, wildflower-strewn meadows and so many more wonders of this forested plateau and mountain highland. Another personal highlight was the entire September Southwest Yellowstone Bechler Waterfall trip. We had a full group, great weather for 7 days, colorful autumn foliage, bull bison, bugling bull elk and of course our traditional long and relaxing soak in one of the great back-country hot pools in America. What a great way to end another Yellowstone summer guiding season!