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Bicycling the Tetons

Program Number: 20377RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: The Tetons (Jackson), Wyoming
Price starting at: $1,290.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Take on a variety of biking experiences in Jackson Hole accompanied by local experts familiar with the routes and trails running through their backyard, the Tetons. On state-of-the-art, 24-gear "fat tire" bikes, explore gravel paths, dirt trails and paved roads back-dropped by the highest peaks in Grand Teton National Park. Pedal forest roads surrounded by open alpine meadows, dark timber stands and panoramic Teton views, study ecology and geology along the trail, and explore areas that most park visitors never see.




Highlights

• Spot pronghorn antelope and buffalo while riding across the sagebrush flats as well as pelicans on the Buffalo River.
• Bike to Jenny Lake back-dropped by views of the Grand Teton, Mount Owen and Teewinot Mountain.
• Get oriented inside park headquarters at the newly dedicated Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyo.



Activity Particulars

Biking 4–5 hours, 18–24 miles daily. Elevations 6,400–8,600 feet. Some elevation changes on uneven terrain.



Bikes, helmets, gel seat covers, water bottles, lunches provided. Rides followed by SAG wagon.



Coordinated by University of Montana Western.




The Tetons (Jackson)

Awe-inspiring Grand Teton National Park reflects the ecological diversity of the Teton Range. Towering peaks rise 7000 feet from the valley floor, reflecting the majestic beauty of the Teton Ecosystem that includes wildlife such as elk, grizzly bear and moose. The historic town of Jackson is home to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.



Accommodations
Togwotee Mountain Lodge in Bridger-Teton National Forest. One hour from Jackson.
Meals and Lodgings
   Togwotee Mountain Lodge
  Moran, WY 5 nights
 Togwotee Mountain Lodge
Type: Resort
  Description: Togwotee Mountain Lodge is located in the spectacular country around Togwotee Pass - on the eastern rim of Jackson Hole. The town of Jackson is a scenic one hour drive. The full-service lodge offers a beautiful dining room, hot tubs,and modern guest rooms. The lodge interior is finished in white pine trim, giving it a warm, western feel. A commitment to service and the friendliness of staff combine with the comfortable, relaxed atmosphere to make sure that your summer vacation spot at Togwotee Mountain Lodge will be unmatched.
  Contact info: 27755 East Highway 287
PO Box 91
Moran, WY 83013 USA
phone: 866-278-4245
web: togwoteelodge.com
  Room amenities: Each has two queen beds, a full bath and color cable television, coffee maker, hair dryer and telephone.
  Facility amenities: After a busy, activity-filled day, soak in one of the hot tubs, relax with a book on the porch, cook out underneath the trees or stars, or have a hearty meal at the Grizzly Steakhouse, open for 3 meals a day.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: contact lodge 1 866-278-4245 Pricing according to season.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: contact lodge 1 866-278-4245 Pricing according to season.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in time after 4 pm. At 5:30 pm Sunday we will meet in the hotel lobby for Road Scholar Registration. You will be staying at Togwotee Mountain Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Ends 8:30 am following breakfast last morning. Check out by 11 am. You will be staying at Togwotee Mountain Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Teton Mountain Bike Tours waiver form
  Parking availability:
free with lodging
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Moran, WY
  Nearest city or town:  Jackson, WY
  Nearest highway: US 287, WY 26
  Nearest airport:  Jackson Hole Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Moran, WY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Moran, WY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Cowboy Cab
phone: 307-413-1000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

call for current prices
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

All ground transportation by reservation only. You are responsible for contacting the taxi company. Group taxi time 2:30 pm arrival day, 9:30 am departure day. Your flight should arrive by 2 pm on Sunday and depart no earlier than 12:30 pm on Friday. Can call for Sunday 2 pm taxi pickup at Jackson's in-town hotels. Outside scheduled times individual transportation (not at the group rate) can be reserved through Cowboy Cab. Payment will be collected at the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Jackson Hole Airport As you leave the airport, take a left and drive north on Highway 26/89/189. When you reach Moran Junction, bear right continuing on Highway 26/287. The road will continue south-east along the valley floor until you start to climb up Togwotee Pass. Togwotee Mountain Lodge will be well-marked on the left, 16.5 miles past Moran Junction. Total distance from Jackson Hole Airport: 40 miles.
Elevation Note: Togwotee Mountain Lodge overnight accommodations 8, 500'

Equipment Requirements: Bring padded bicycle shorts, perhaps tights to put on over the shorts on cool days, a raincoat and synthetic layers including a t-shirt and warm layer and optional padded biking gloves. Comfortable biking shoes. The bicycle company provides helmets, 24 gear "fat tire" bicycles, filled water bottle, gel seat covers and sack lunches on the sag wagon. Cameras are recommended; carry them in your pocket or perhaps in a small fanny pack. Water bottle refills are available on the sag wagon. You can bring your own clipless pedals and shoes; the bike company will install them on your bike for the week.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Dinner and program orientation Sunday evening
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Arrive To: Road Scholar Registration 5:30- 6 in hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Dinner at resort.
 Evening: Orientation Meeting following dinner (7 pm) in resort conference room. Meet fellow participants, learn schedule details, and review maps of bike ride locations.
   
Accommodations: Togwotee Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Stretch Class / Buffalo Valley bike ride/ Angle Mountain Ridge Hike / Teton Habitats Class
(Monday, September 9)

Note: BUFFALO VALLEY RIDE: Elevation descending from 8,500’ to 6,700”, 18-22 miles. First day acclimation bike ride. AFTERNOON HIKE: Up Angle Mountain, 3-5 miles, with views of the entire Teton Range.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge
 Morning: Stretch class 8:30 - 9am, depart 9:30 am for Buffalo Valley bike ride. Starting in the subalpine forest of the Angle Mountain area surrounded by giant spruce and fir trees, the route follows a less traveled unpaved road with a gradual descent through beautiful alpine meadows to the Buffalo River Valley where you are rewarded with spectacular views of the high Teton peaks. This is a good first-day acclimation ride as you can learn to use disc brakes on an unpaved road and learn to use your gears on pavement. Birding opportunities abound along the Buffalo River. The second half of the route is on a scenic paved country road with rolling terrain, including one hill climb. Experience single track riding; it parallels the road so you have the option to try it out and return to the road. Elevation 8,500’ – 6,700”, 18-22 miles.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the field along the way, either along the Buffalo River or in a shady aspen grove.
 Afternoon: Bike ride continues. On our return we'll hike along Angle Mountain Ridge seeking panoramic views of the entire Teton Range. Naturalist will interpret subalpine environments and the geology of the Togwotee area.
 Dinner: Healthy dinner at Lodge, designed for hearty outdoor appetites.
 Evening: Teton Habitats Class: Investigate the ecology of flora and select mammals we may encounter on our treks. Find out about their habitats and habits which enable them to thrive in mountain environments. Learn interesting facts about each species.
   
Accommodations: Togwotee Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Teton View bike ride / Hike with a Hand Lens at Togwotee / Teton Geology Class
(Tuesday, September 10)

Note: TETON VIEW BIKE RIDE: on eastern border of Grand Teton National Park with magnificent views and good chance of seeing wildlife. Paved and unpaved service roads on national forest and in the national park. Elevation 7,000' to 6,500'. 18-20 miles. HIKE WITH A HAND LENS: At Togwotee Resort, 2-4 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge
 Morning: Stretch class 8:30-9 am, depart for Teton View bike ride 9:30 am on the east border of Grand Teton National Park. With panoramic views of the mountain range the entire way, the route follows less traveled dirt roads gradually sloping downhill to a scenic paved road in Antelope Flats. Terrific opportunities for seeking bison and pronghorn antelope in the rich sagebrush flats sweeping towards dramatic views of the entire Teton Range. Bring your camera! Photo opportunities include the famous Moulton barn and homestead backdropped by the heart of the Teton Range. Elevation 7,000' to 6,500'. 18-20 miles.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the field; we will stop along the way for a picnic lunch overlooking the mountains.
 Afternoon: Bike ride continued. Upon return to the lodge we will explore the rich subapline environments and look "up-close" through 20 power magnifiers to discover incredible micro details. Your nature treks will never be the same!
 Dinner: Healthy dinner at Lodge, designed for hearty outdoor appetites.
 Evening: Teton Geology Class: 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!
   
Accommodations: Togwotee Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Stretch Class / Panoramic bike ride/ Mardy Murie Story
(Wednesday, September 11)

Note: PANORAMIC RIDE: 23miles on paved roads and the new paved bicycle path in Grand Teton National Park. Ride ends at the Craig Thomas Visitor Center at park headquarters in Moose, where you will have time to enjoy interpretive exhibits.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge
 Morning: Stretch class 8:30 - 9 am, depart 9:30 am for Panoramic bike ride. Starting along the shores of Jackson Lake north of Moran, we ride on pavement to the inner park loop road with spectacular views of the mountains reflected in Jackson Lake. As we approach the base of the range and Jenny Lake, the mountain views continually change. From Jenny Lake to Moose, we ride on the "New Pathway”, a paved bicycle path directly beneath the majestic peaks of the Teton Mountain Range through wide open sagebrush plains with bordering lodge pole pine & aspen forests. Be sure to pack your camera today, as the views are unbelievable! 6.800’ to 6,500’, 23 miles, mostly flat terrain.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the field with the backdrop of the towering Teton peaks.
 Afternoon: Bike ride continued ending at the Craig Thomas Discovery Center at park headquarters in Moose, offering newly designed interpretive exhibits.
 Dinner: Healthy dinner at Lodge, designed for hearty outdoor appetites.
 Evening: Class on Mardy Murie, conservationist: Discover the life of Mardy Murie, an important conservationist who helped establish the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge and who lived in Moose, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park until her recent death at the age of 101.
   
Accommodations: Togwotee Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Stretch Class / Flagstaff bike ride / Class on "Management of Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem" / Evening Closure Meeting
(Thursday, September 12)

Note: FLAGGSTAFF RIDE: on unpaved remote forest service roads with rolling terrain and breathtaking views of the Teton Range around each corner. Elevations 8,500’ to 6,700’, 18-20 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge
 Morning: Stretch class 8:30 - 9 am, depart 9:30 am for Flagstaff bike ride. This ride begins in the high alpine meadows of the Togwotee Pass area with its abundance of colorful wildflowers and follows Flagstaff Creek through lush conifer forests to Lily Lake and Sagebrush Flats. With breathtaking views of the Teton Range around each corner, we travel along a remote forest service dirt road with single-track options. This ride has more rolling terrain and offers a wilderness experience in a remote forest area with few people. A "classic" mountain bike tour with a sustained climb. Elevations 8,500’ to 6,700’, 18-20 miles.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the field, perhaps on the shores of Lily Lake.
 Afternoon: Bike ride continues. Class on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: What is it? How do we manage it? Who is responsible for protecting this national treasure? Gain insight and understanding about the geographic area you are visiting.
 Dinner: Healthy dinner at Lodge, designed for hearty outdoor appetites.
 Evening: Closure meeting; review highlights of the week and share what you've learned.
   
Accommodations: Togwotee Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 am. Check out by 11 am.
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Along the Ramparts of the Tetons


Author: Robert B. Betts


Description: Enjoyable history of Jackson Hole settlement and exploration, from the time of trappers and mountain men to the more “civilized” settlement of Jackson Hole families.



Creation Of the Teton Landscape


Author: J. David Love, J. Reed & K. Pierce


Description: A geologic chronicle of Jackson Hole & the Teton Range.



Crucible for Conservation


Author: Robert W. Righter


Description: Fascinating story of the 39 year struggle for the creation of Grand Teton National Park.



For Everything There is a Season


Author: Frank C. Craighead, Jr.


Description: Monthly account of seasonal changes in the Grand Teton National Park area; a sequence of natural history events written in narrative prose with beautiful photographs and illustrations.





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