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THE TETONS (ALTA), WYOMING

Teton Seasonal Hikes: Wilderness and Wildlife

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Sleeping elevation 8000'. Maximum elevation 10,000' by chairlift (weather permitting.)

Equipment Requirements
Refillable quart water bottle. Backpack to carry field lunches and water. Comfortable hiking boots, vibram soles (good tread.) Walking stick recommended. Field guides optional; available at site.

Itinerary for Jul 28 — Aug 2, 2013

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Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 28 - Orientation Meeting
Arrive To: Room check-in after 4 PM. Road Scholar registration 5:30 PM; meet the week's leader and recieve the week's schedule, name badges and other information pertaining to the week's stay.

Dinner: Dinner at resort 6 PM.

Evening: Orientation Meeting following dinner: Visit with fellow participants and introduce yourselves, review schedule logistics including classes, mealtimes and locations and transportation. This is your chance to ask questions and let us get to know you!

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 29 - Acclimation hikes in rolling subalpine wildflower...
Note: Hike 4-6 mile loops in RICKS BASIN, in subalpine medows abounding with colorful wildflowers with views of major Teton peaks and the valley below. A great opportunity to see how you feel hiking uneven trails in the mountains. Elevation gains/losses 300 feet.

Breakfast: at resort restauraunt

Morning: TETON HABITATS Presentation: Teton Habitats Class: discuss the 5 major habitats we visit during the week and plants and wildlife you are likely to see. "SHAKEDOWN" HIKE: Adjust your pack, determine what gear you'll need, see how you feel at 8,300' on uneven terrain with a 300' elevation gain. Ricks Basin: a rolling 350 acre meadow sprinkled with every imaginable kind of wildflower. Flower-filled meadows are accented by aspen groves and deep green conifer trees. Never logged, the conifer forests contain specimens of gigantic Subalpine Fir and Engelmann Spruce over 400 years old. Aspen groves provide homes for over 200 species of birds and wildlife including elk, deer, bear, foxes and coyotes. Enjoy appealing vistas of Teton Valley, Idaho and Mt. Moran and other prominent peaks in Grand Teton National Park and the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. Examine a subalpine wetland with unique wildflower species including Elephant Head and the Hooded Ladies Tresses orchid. It is possible to spot moose in their typical summer habitat. Loops of 4-6 miles available in ability groups, enrollment depending.

Lunch: Picnic sack lunch outdoors

Afternoon: HIKE:Field trip continued. Groups return at various times. CLASS: Introduction to Teton wildflowers: Learn how to key flowers in the field. Hands-on activity. Investigate flowers up-close with a hand lens and learn botanical terminology.

Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm.

Evening: CLASS: Teton Wildflowers; view images of 30 years of photography in the Tetons. Discover interesting facts and uses of the most common wildflowers. Learn about the flowers we are likely to encounter.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 30 - Grand Teton National Park all-day field trip with...
Grand Teton National Park all-day field trip with hike and scenic float

Note: TAGGART LAKE HIKE: 3 or 4.5 mile loop hike available at 7,000 feet. Uneven terrain; elevation gain/loss 300 feet. SCENIC FLOAT on Snake River 10 miles within the national park on a 12-man raft. Take your camera! Magnificent views of the entire range and you won't get wet unless it comes from the sky!

Breakfast: Continental buffet breakfast at resort.

Morning: All day field trip to Grand Teton National Park: Visit the new state-of-the-art Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at Park headquarters in Moose which has wonderful hands-on exhibits of the ecology, history and conservation of the region. Then hike into Taggart Lake at the base of the Grand Teton. Terrific close-up views of the Grand Teton and adjacent peaks in the core of the range; photography moments abound. Guides explain geologic features as we hike up and over a 400’ glacial moraine into the lake basin. 3 or 4.5 mile loop hike available in ability groups enrollment depending; 7,000 feet.

Lunch: Picnic buffet lunch on field trip immediately following hike and before the float trip.

Afternoon: Field trip continued; Marvel at the majestic grandeur of the Teton Range while riding in a comfortable 12 man raft along 10 miles of the peaceful Snake River entirely within Grand Teton National Park. Boatmen maneuver the rafts to provide you with panoramic vistas of the major peaks and terrific photographic opportunities. Geology, river ecology and history interpreted by excellent raft guides. This float offers potential opportunities to spot moose, elk, beaver and bald eagles. On occasion, playful river otters are seen along this stretch of the river.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:30 PM at local brew pub.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 31 - Chairlift and hike in the alpine including chance...
Note: MARY'S PEAK HIKE: Ride the chairlift to the summit of Fred’s Mountain. Hike 1.7 miles to the saddle below Mary’s Peak. You can decide if you want to make the 20 minute climb up the last 340' to the summit of Mary’s once you view it from the saddle. Hike 1.7 miles back to the chairlift for ride down the mountain. Total elevation gain/loss 1170 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort

Morning: CLASS Alpine Wildflowers: learn about the secret survival strategies that plants use in order to survive and procreate in the alpine, where winter is only 6 weeks away! CHAIRLIFT: to the top of Fred's Mountain 9770'. (Targhee's summit) Views of wildflower meadows, a vast landscape of peaks, canyons, and the valley floor abound during this scenic 20 minute ride. At the top we’ll pause to take in the immense vista of prominent Teton peaks which provides the backdrop for the Jedediah Smith Wilderness that borders Grand Targhee Resort. HIKE: to Mary's Peak saddle 9600' for panoramic views of the Grand, Middle and South Teton peaks overlooking Teton Canyon which we’ll hike during the week. Discover a whole different series of wildflowers blooming later at higher elevations. The saddle and above offer true alpine plant species; unique adaptations allow them to survive the very short summers at high elevations. Hikers may continue up Mary's Peak 9940' which has wonderful 360 degree summit views of the major Teton peaks from this viewpoint within the range. You may even spot alpine mammals like pika and mountain goats on this hike, so keep your eyes peeled! Return to the saddle and back to the chairlift for a scenic ride back down to the base area. Elevation gain/loss of 900 - 1500 feet. Several different options for ability groups, enrollment depending, including the possibility of hiking back down to the base along the new Bannock trail with views of Leigh Canyon below.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Groups return to resort at varying times. Time to enjoy the swimming pool.

Dinner: Dinner at resort.

Evening: CLASS Teton Geology: Why do the Tetons look the way they do? What you see in the mountains today is what we’ll discuss. We'll talk about 4.5 billion years of history in 45 minutes! Alpine Wildflowers: learn about the secret survival strategies that plants use in order to survive and procreate in the alpine, where winter is only 6 weeks away!

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 01 - Off-site hike in Teton Canyon in the Jedediah Smi...
Note: TETON CANYON HIKE: One-way in and back out, 3-6 miles, elevation gain/loss 500 - 1000 feet. At lower elevation, start at 6700 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at resort

Morning: Board bus for 20 minute ride to Teton Canyon trailhead 6960‘. Choice of two canyon hikes, the North Fork or South Fork of Teton Creek. Each is 6 miles round-trip. Both are gradual uphill hikes alongside Teton Creek. Observe canyon geology including examples of ancient granitic bedrock exposed by glacial abrasion and more recent sedimentary layers deposited by an inland sea. Classic glacial u-shaped canyon features and avalanche paths are obvious. We’ll keep our eyes open to spot wildlife including moose, bears, and the American Dipper, the only aquatic songbird in North America; this species nests and lives year-round along Teton Creek.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the hike.

Afternoon: Teton Canyon hike continued. 5 pm. Cold pop and soda reception on Trap Bar Deck. A time to reflect on the week and share feelings with fellow hiking comrades.

Dinner: Dinner at resort

Evening: CLASS: Mardy Murie Story: Discover the life of Mardy Murie, an important conservationist who helped establish the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge and who lived in Moose, Wyoming within Grand Teton National Park until her recent death at the age of 101.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 02 - Breakfast, time to say goodbyes. 8:30 am airport...
Breakfast, time to say goodbyes. 8:30 am airport shuttle following breakfast. Check out by 11 am.

Breakfast: at resort 7:30 am.

Morning: OPTIONAL UNGUIDED HIKE (for those not catching the shuttle): 8:00-10:30 AM. Hike Lightning Peak. Last view of the three Teton Peaks. You will have to return for checkout by 11 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Alta, WY
General Information
For additional information, visit: www.tetonvalleychamber.com
General OverviewAirplane/Glider scenic flights, guided fly-fishing trips, 4 golf courses, drive-in movie theatre all available in Teton Valley near Driggs, ID 12 miles from the resort. Mountain bike rentals/horseback rides available mid-June through Labor Day at the resort (no ground transportation required.) Aerial Tram, whitewater rafting, covered wagon cookout with musical entertainment available in Jackson Hole, 42 miles from the resort.
For additional information, visit: www.grandtarghee.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

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