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ISLAND PARK, IDAHO

A Road Less Traveled: Hiking Amid Waterfalls, Waterfowl and Wildlife on the Border of Yellowstone

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Program #17311RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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 6290

Equipment Requirements
•Bring your own refillable quart water bottle to carry with you on field trips. •We recommend that you bring a camera and binoculars. •Dress in layers, including waterproof jacket just in case. •Sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray •Walking stick is optional, but recommended. •Sturdy, comfortable hiking shoe/boots with a good traction sole (we recommend “vibram” soles.) Daypack for carrying lunch and extra or discarded clothing.

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Angler’s is a beautiful hand-built log lodge right on the banks of the Henry’s Fork River. All rooms are river front and have breath-taking views from private balconies. The rooms are tastefully decorated with down comforters and handmade lodge pole furnishings.

Contact info:
3360 US Highway 20
Island Park, ID 83429 USA
phone: 208-558-9555
web: anglers-lodge.com

Room amenities: Each modern room has coffeemakers, satellite television and private bath, and overlooks the river.

Facility amenities: Restaurant within the lodge.

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

Additional nights before: Price based on standard rates.
You need to make arrangements personally with the lodge. All extra nights based on availability. Call 208 558-9555 for current rates

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Road Scholar Registration Dinner Orientation Me...
Arrive To: Check in to Lodge after 4:00 pm. Road Scholar Registration in Lobby 5:30 pm. Informal chance to meet other participants.

Dinner: Dinner at Lodge.

Evening: Meet in Lodge 7:30 pm for brief introductions and reviewing week's schedule.

Lodging: Angler's Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Angler’s is a beautiful hand-built log lodge right on the banks of the Henry’s Fork River. All rooms are river front and have breath-taking views from private balconies. The rooms are tastefully decorated with down comforters and handmade lodge pole furnishings.

Contact info:
3360 US Highway 20
Island Park, ID 83429 USA
phone: 208-558-9555
web: anglers-lodge.com

Room amenities: Each modern room has coffeemakers, satellite television and private bath, and overlooks the river.

Facility amenities: Restaurant within the lodge.

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

Additional nights before: Price based on standard rates.
You need to make arrangements personally with the lodge. All extra nights based on availability. Call 208 558-9555 for current rates

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - CLASS: Island Park Habitats FIELD TRIP: Big Sprin...
CLASS: Island Park Habitats FIELD TRIP: Big Springs National Natural Landmark / Mesa Falls Scenic Area

Note: Shake-down short hikes; see how you feel at this elevation and this terrain. Bring cameras and binoculars. Good chance to spot moose, pelicans, cranes, etc.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge 7:30 am

Morning: CLASS: Island Park Habitats; enjoy images and discussion of interesting facts regarding species most likely to see on the trail. Review 5 habitats visited this week, from forests to desert shrublands to riparian areas. FIELD TRIP: Travel to Mesa Falls Scenic Overlook and view awe-inspiring Upper Mesa Falls, which plunges vertically over a cliff formed by erosion- resistant Mesa Falls Tuff. Hike 2 miles roundtrip through Lodgepole Pine forest to the very rim of Lower Mesa Falls, thundering 65 vertical feet over the lip of a narrow chasm. Behold the Big Falls Inn, an historic inn used by Yellowstone travelers at the turn of the century. Major reconstruction of the Inn was completed in 2001 and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Walkways have exhibits on the geology, birds, and plants of the falls and canyon.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Big Springs National Natural Landmark, a unique phenomenon where 120 billion gallons of water per day surge out of the ground. See the crystal clear springs and the clean gravel bottom teeming with gigantic trout who thrive in the constant 52 degree water. Hike along the full grown Henry's Fork River which flows out of Big Springs and view 25" trout, herons, osprey, eagles and 23 other water birds living near the springs outlet. Good chance to see Island Park's largest game species, the moose.

Dinner: Dinner 6 pm in lodge.

Evening: Meet in lodge for class on local history. Learn about the interesting people who settled this area at the turn of the 20th century.

Lodging: Angler's Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Angler’s is a beautiful hand-built log lodge right on the banks of the Henry’s Fork River. All rooms are river front and have breath-taking views from private balconies. The rooms are tastefully decorated with down comforters and handmade lodge pole furnishings.

Contact info:
3360 US Highway 20
Island Park, ID 83429 USA
phone: 208-558-9555
web: anglers-lodge.com

Room amenities: Each modern room has coffeemakers, satellite television and private bath, and overlooks the river.

Facility amenities: Restaurant within the lodge.

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

Additional nights before: Price based on standard rates.
You need to make arrangements personally with the lodge. All extra nights based on availability. Call 208 558-9555 for current rates

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - FIELD TRIP: Harriman State Park
Note: Hike along the shore of Silver Lake or Golden Lake (in ability groups) in Harriman State Park seeking views of swans, pelicans, cranes, osprey, moose and elk. Five mile loop.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge 7:30 am

Morning: FIELD TRIP: depart for Harriman State Park; in the heart of the 16,000 acre Harriman Wildlife Refuge, where forests, lakes, meadows and streams provide a sanctuary for many species of birds and mammals. Visit the historic Railroad Ranch, first used as a private hunting and fishing retreat for railroad magnates in the early 1900's.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Hike along the shore of Silver Lake or Golden Lake in Harriman State Park seeking views of swans, pelicans, cranes, osprey and numerous waterfowl species. Spot elk grazing in the meadows and a colorful fall foliage in the forest understory. Watch for moose in ponds and sloughs. This is an enjoyable 5 mile hike.

Dinner: Dinner at Lodge.

Evening: Meet in lodge for presentation by the Henry's Fork Foundation, a nonprofit, member-based organization founded in 1984 to preserve and protect the unique qualities of the Henry's Fork watershed located in eastern Idaho. The Henry's Fork of the Snake River attracts fly fisherman from around the world and the foundation works with local, state and federal agencies with a commitment to better management of the watershed.

Lodging: Angler's Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Angler’s is a beautiful hand-built log lodge right on the banks of the Henry’s Fork River. All rooms are river front and have breath-taking views from private balconies. The rooms are tastefully decorated with down comforters and handmade lodge pole furnishings.

Contact info:
3360 US Highway 20
Island Park, ID 83429 USA
phone: 208-558-9555
web: anglers-lodge.com

Room amenities: Each modern room has coffeemakers, satellite television and private bath, and overlooks the river.

Facility amenities: Restaurant within the lodge.

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

Additional nights before: Price based on standard rates.
You need to make arrangements personally with the lodge. All extra nights based on availability. Call 208 558-9555 for current rates

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - FIELD TRIP: Menan Butte National Natural Landmark...
FIELD TRIP: Menan Butte National Natural Landmark / St. Anthony Sand Dunes

Note: Our most challenging hike, steep ascent 700 feet to the crater rim and 3-4 mile hike within the crater and on the crater rim. Interesting colorful lichens amongst unique volcanic rocks. Next, visit and frolic at St. Anthony Sand Dunes, Potential to spot Golden Eagles that live on the crater rim.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge 7:30 am

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Menan Butte, an extinct volcano on the Snake River Plain and designated National Natural Landmark. The trail to the volcano summit offers wonderful opportunities to learn and explore the unique geology and natural history of this area. Menan Buttes are two of the world’s largest tuff cones—volcanoes formed when basaltic magma boils up through ground water.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit and frolic in St. Anthony Sand Dunes, the largest tract of sand dunes in Idaho, covering approximately 175 square miles. The active dune field trends northeast for 35 miles and is five miles wide, with dunes ranging from 50 to 400 feet tall.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Evening: Meet in lodge for class on Area Geology. Learn about the creation of the Island Park landscape and understand the meaning of the word "caldera."

Lodging: Angler's Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Angler’s is a beautiful hand-built log lodge right on the banks of the Henry’s Fork River. All rooms are river front and have breath-taking views from private balconies. The rooms are tastefully decorated with down comforters and handmade lodge pole furnishings.

Contact info:
3360 US Highway 20
Island Park, ID 83429 USA
phone: 208-558-9555
web: anglers-lodge.com

Room amenities: Each modern room has coffeemakers, satellite television and private bath, and overlooks the river.

Facility amenities: Restaurant within the lodge.

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

Additional nights before: Price based on standard rates.
You need to make arrangements personally with the lodge. All extra nights based on availability. Call 208 558-9555 for current rates

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Bechler Corner of Yellowstone National Park; Cave...
Bechler Corner of Yellowstone National Park; Cave Falls, Bechler Falls, Hike along Falls River.

Note: Beautiful hike along the Falls River in mixed subalpine forest and riparian meadows.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge 7:30 am

Morning: FIELD TRIP: to Bechler corner of Yellowstone. The Bechler Area is known as the "Cascade Corner" for its plethora of waterfalls. This little visited area of the park is accessed by traveling 19 miles through lush potato and barley fields in Idaho, entering Wyoming at 16 miles, entering Yellowstone the last tenth of a mile, where the road ends.

Lunch: Sack Lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Visit Cave Falls, a 30 foot drop spanning 100 feet across the Falls River. Cave Falls gets its name from a large cavern located behind the base of the falls. Hike through thick spruce and fir forest sprinkled with huckleberry bushes. View Bechler Falls, a pretty backcountry falls on the Bechler River. Round trip 4-5 miles. Short closure meeting when we review highlights of the week before boarding the bus for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the historic Phillip's Lodge, built in 1949, famed for deep pit barbeque offerings, restored in the 1990's.

Evening: Time to put up your feet and enjoy sunset views from your own private balcony at the lodge.

Lodging: Angler's Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 27 - Breakfast
Breakfast: 7:30 am breakfast at the Lodge

Morning: Airport shuttle (by reservation only) leaves 9:50 am. Check out by 11 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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4 Expert-led lectures
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