Our group of 3 guys is flying into Jackson on Friday afternoon 7/22/11 and departing Sat AM 7/30/11. We will have a car. During the 7 days, we are prepared to to do short backpack trips (1-3 nights each) and/or day trips. Interested in suggestions for 4 or 5 days in GT and 2 or 3 days in Yellowstone.
Advance permits on GT backcountry campsites are entirely filled for the end of July. It appears we need to be flexible and see what is available first-come, first-serve for backcountry permits. Is it possible there will be no backpacking sites available? (I can't see myself getting in line at the ranger station any earlier than 6AM.)
I have a logistical concern- with hiking schedule unknown until we get there, will we have a problem finding a campsite or hotel room locally on a same day basis? Should we make a lodging reservation for the week and just do day trips? If so, suggestions for a week of day trips and a good base campground or hotel?