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Unrivalled Grandeur: Hike the Rugged Teton Range

Program Number: 21654RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/17/2014 - 8/22/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Jackson Lake, Wyoming
Price starting at: $1,798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; National Parks Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience the active adventure of a lifetime as you hike amid the glacier-sculpted majesty of the Teton Range. Walk the trails of Grand Teton National Park with a seasoned naturalist who directs your discovery of the ecological relationships and adaptations of this complex ecosystem. After an exhilarating day of hiking, enjoy the exceptional accommodations at beautiful Togwotee Mountain Lodge, just west of Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Lake Lodge, a National Historic Landmark inside park boundaries.




Highlights

• Challenge yourself with rigorous hikes against the backdrop of the Tetons, including a hike on the Phelps Lake Trail in Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and a boat ride across Jenny Lake to Cascade Canyon Trail.
• An expert naturalist and fellow lifelong learner provides on-trail insight into the importance of the areas protected by Grand Teton National Park and the 18,000,000-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
• Spend two of five nights at historic Jackson Lake Lodge, the premier eco-friendly resort in Grand Teton National Park, architecturally distinct from the customary rustic style National Park Service construction.



Activity Particulars

Hike 6-9 miles per day on established trails; uneven, rocky terrain, possible loose rock, gravel and dirt. Elevations 6,500 feet to 9,000 feet.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Moran, Wyo., 3 nights; coach to Grand Teton National Park, 2 nights; departure.



Coordinated by University of Montana Western.




Jackson Lake

Jackson Lake is a large lake in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. The lake is up to 15 miles long, seven miles wide and 438 feet deep. Several species of trout live in the lake and moose, elk, and bison wander the surrounding area. In 1955 John D. Rockefeller, a frequent visitor to the Tetons, built the Jackson Lake Lodge on the lake’s shores.



Accommodations
Moran: Comfortable, historic wilderness lodge. Grand Teton National Park: Jackson Lake Lodge inside the park, featuring gourmet meals. At both lodgings, enjoy stunning vistas of the Teton Range.
Meals and Lodgings
   Towotee Mountain Lodge
  Moran, WY 3 nights
   Jackson Lake Lodge Cabins
  Jackson Lake 2 nights
 Towotee 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

 Jackson Lake Lodge Cabins
Type: Cabin
  Description: Very well maintained, nicely furnished cabins snuggled in a pine forest, within walking distance of Jackson Lake Lodge and Lodge Dining Room.
  Contact info: HWY 191
Moran, WY 83013 USA
phone: 307-543-3005
web: www.gtlc.com
  Room amenities: iron and hair dryer by request.
  Facility amenities: At lodge is pool, internet access, laundry facility, dining room, lounge, viewing area with scopes, specialty shops, art, safe on request.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: $179-$350. Call for reservations.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4 pm registration You will be staying at Towotee Mountain Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast You will be staying at Jackson Lake Lodge Cabins the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please bring a Golden Age, Senior or National Parks pass if you have one.
  Parking availability:
Free parking available at the first site. Transportation available back to first site after program ends
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:  Jackson Lake
  Nearest city or town:  Jackson, WY
  Nearest highway: HWY 191, 26/89
  Nearest airport:  Jackson
Travel Details
 

Moran, WY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
A Black Car Service
phone: 307-413-2572
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$120 per vehicle. Can seat up to 7 and all riding can split the cost
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. Please indicate that you are a Road Scholar participant. Group taxi time 2:30-3 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. Outside scheduled times individual transportation or hotel pick up (not at the group rate) can also be reserved through A Black Car Service. Payment will be collected at the airport.

 

Moran, WY

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
A Black Car Service
phone: 307-413-2572
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$120 per vehicle. Can seat up to 7 and all riding can split the cost
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 2:30-3 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. Outside scheduled times individual transportation (not at the group rate) can be reserved through A Black Car Service. Transportation from second site (Jackson Lake Lodge) back to first site (Togwotee Lodge in Moran, WY) will be available.

 
Driving Directions
  From Jackson Airport to Moran 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.
  From Jackson to Moran Drive north from the Town Square on Cache Street. Cache turns into 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 the town of Jackson: 48 miles.
  From Yellowstone to Moran Continue south out of Yellowstone along the Rockefeller Parkway (Highway 89/189/287) until you reach Moran Junction. Bear left 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, 17.5 miles past Moran Junction. Total distance from the south entrance: 44 Miles
Elevation Note: Sleeping elevations 8564' and 6867'. Hikes take place at elevations ranging from 6500' to 9000'

Equipment Requirements: Sturdy hiking boots or hiking shoes with good tread; Snug fitting hiking socks made with moisture wicking material are best to avoid blisters; water bottle and a day pack are a must. Comfortable layers of hiking clothing for changing weather. Other things you may wish to bring: your National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, Senior Pass or Golden Age Pass if you have one, flashlight, binoculars, guidebooks, notebook, a walking stick if you use one, or other such items.
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: Welcome to Togwotee Mountain Lodge with its awe-inspiring scenery high above Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
(Sunday, August 17)

Note: This challenging program is for experienced hikers who will hike six to nine miles in elevations of 6500' to 9000' on each of four field days. Please note you will be hiking in high elevations on uneven and rocky terrain. Your hiking experience will be more fulfilling if you do some preparation ahead of time.



   
 Afternoon: Check-in and register between 4 and 5 pm
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the Togwotee Mountain Lodge
 Evening: Welcome and introductions
   
Accommodations: Towotee Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Begin hiking amidst the grandeur of the 40 mile long Teton mountain range in Grand Teton National Park.
(Monday, August 18)

Note: This challenging program is for experienced hikers who will hike six to nine miles in elevations of 6500' to 9000'.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge
 Morning: The day will begin with minimal indoor class time with the instructor to better understand the natural and human history of Grand Teton National Park, which is approximately 310,000 acres and includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. Mid-morning will begin a hiking experience of a life time as seasoned instructor and naturalist will provide experiential learning at its best giving a close-up and intimate portrait of the park’s infinite wonders. Hikers begin the first of 4 full field days hiking a fragment of hiking trails in the park.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Hiking will continue on the Paint Brush Canyon trail providing a landscape beyond compare revealing some of the parks incredible vistas. Hikers will begin to experience a few of the 200 miles of spectacular backcountry with the backdrop of the jagged Teton Range rising abruptly above the sage-covered valley.
 Dinner: Dinner back at Togwotee Lodge
 Evening: Evening sunset presentation by naturalist and learn more about the 18,000,000-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which encompasses Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and surrounding National Forests which constitute one of the largest intact mid-latitude temperate ecosystems in the world.
   
Accommodations: Towotee Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: More incredible miles of hiking.
(Tuesday, August 19)

Note: This challenging program is for experienced hikers who will hike six to nine miles in elevations of 6500' to 9000'.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Togwotee Lodge
 Morning: Departure for another day of hiking amid the splendor of the Grand Tetons as expert naturalist interprets the natural world that surrounds you.
 Lunch: Sack lunch along the trail
 Afternoon: Naturalist led hike continues around Two Ocean Lake, which is a fairly level hike. Ducks, swans, grebes, and loons are commonly seen on the water. As usual, awesome views of the Tetons abound as you encounter a variety of habitat, marshes, lakes, woodlands, and meadows. Keep your eyes open to see birds, wildflowers, and butterflies filling in the already magnificent scene. Also be ready, as you may also see bears, beavers, elk, deer, and moose.
 Dinner: Dinner at Togwotee Lodge.
 Evening: Recall the days adventure as you gather around the campfire and enjoy s'mores.
   
Accommodations: Towotee Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike in part of the 1,100 pristine acres of the Rockefeller Preserve and visit the state-of-the-art, 7,500 square-foot Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Visitor Center.
(Wednesday, August 20)

Note: This challenging program is for experienced hikers who will hike six to nine miles in elevations of 6500' to 9000'.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge
 Morning: Early check out at Togwotee Mountain lodge. Today hikers will visit and hike on the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, which was originally the JY Ranch property and had was purchased by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1932. This ranch served as the Rockefeller family's summer retreat for nearly 70 years. To create the preserve, 30 log buildings and two roads were removed from the property, the land was returned to its natural state, a trail system was created and a visitor center built. Mirroring the vision of its donor, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The preserve opened to the public in June of 2008. With a generous donation from Laurance S. Rockefeller, visitors to Grand Teton National Park have access to over 1,100 acres of pristine land located on the shores of Phelps Lake.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail
 Afternoon: After hiking participants will have the opportunity to visit the state-of-the-art, 7,500 square-foot visitor center commemorated by park officials, members of the Rockefeller family and 170 guests as a gift to the park. The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center is the first platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building to be built in the National Park System. Check into Jackson Lake Lodge cabin, a National Historic Landmark envisioned by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., which represents a break with the traditional rustic style of architecture used by the National Park Service.
 Dinner: Dinner in route to the beautiful Jackson Lake Lodge
 Evening: Later check in at Jackson Lake Lodge.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Lake Lodge Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: A boat ride across Jenny Lake and a hike deep into Teton Mountain Range
(Thursday, August 21)

Note: This challenging program is for experienced hikers who will hike six to nine miles in elevations of 6500' to 9000'.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Jackson Lake Lodge
 Morning: The day begins with a boat across Jenny Lake. The boat will come to the trailhead for a hike deep into the Teton Mountain Range. This popular hike starts from the shore of the lake and continues up to 200 foot tall Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point which provides great views out over the National Park.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail
 Afternoon: Hiking amid the spectacular landscape continues.
 Dinner: Closing dinner at Jackson Lake Lodge
 Evening: Grand Teton finale and goodbyes.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Lake Lodge Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Independent departures
(Friday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast and the lodge
 Morning: Independent departures. Reservation for taxi service should be made in advance. There will be a shuttle available to Togwotee Mountain Lodge for those who have vehicles parked there.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jackson Lake Teton National Park
visitor information For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grte
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


A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America


Author: James Halfpenny


Description: Discover how tracks tell the story by learning to read all the evidence left by critters - including scat and gait patterns. Become a nature detective by unraveling these impressions to identify the animal and its behavior. Clearly written, amply illustrated and easy to use.



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.



Common Wildflowers of Grand Teton National Park


Author: Charles Craighead


Description: Handy pocket-sized guide to common wildflowers, shrubs and berries for under $10. Wonderful photos by local photographer Henry Holdsworth, a flower guide organized by color. Very user friendly.



Creation of the Teton Landscape: A Geological Chronicle of Jackson Hole and the Teton Range


Author: David Love, John Reed and Kenneth Pierce


Description: Text illustrated with photographs, maps, charts, tables. Three geologists, all with personal and professional ties to the area, describe and illustrate the processes that created the incredible landscape of Jackson Hole and the Teton Range. Find out about earth shaping geologic processes - fire, ice and shifting tectonic plates. Intriguing table of contents highlights include Teton Views (astronaut, pilot, motorist, hiker), the Restless Land, Stories the Earth Tells, After the Ice Ages, the Present and the Future.



For Everything There Is A Season: The Sequence of Natural Events In The Grand Teton- Yellowstone Area.


Author: Frank C. Craighead


Description: Dr. Craighead describes and illustrates the hidden patterns he sees in the natural world. For naturalists, this book is a remarkable chronicle of the interrelationships between all living things. For anyone interested in the Teton-Yellowstone area and the entire Northern Rockies, this book opens the door to greater understanding of the natural cycles of one of America's last wild places.



For Everything There is a Season


Author: Frank C. Craighead, Jr


Description: A monthly account of seasonal changes in the Grand Teton National Park area by a former Yellowstone researcher who has lived in Jackson Hole for decades; a narrative sequence of natural history events.



Homesteading with the Elk


Author: Bertha Chambers Gillette


Description: Depicts pioneer life of early settlers of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, continuing through the establishment of the Jackson Hole Elk Refuge in 1912. This is an interesting read for children of all ages.



Interpreting the Landscape: Recent and Ongoing Geology of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks


Author: John M. Good and Kenneth L. Pierce


Description: Text, photography and graphics explain how both parks were formed - the product of volcanic eruptions, profound glaciation and earth movements. The authors describe 'how processes originating half way to the earth's center seem to be the primary force which created volcanic fires, glacial ice and the mountain ranges of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.'



Mountains and Plains, The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes


Author: Dennis H. Knight


Description: Discover landscape ecology of Wyoming through maps, photographs, text and line drawings.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region


Author: Richard Spellenberg


Description: This revised edition presents more than 940 full-color images showing western North American wildflowers in their natural habitats. The guide sports a waterproof, washable cover meant to be thrown into a pack and has a checklist/lifelist for those who like to keep track of identifications. The book is a good learning tool as its entries are color and shape sorted so that one may appreciate floral characteristics other than color. The identifier may compare flowers grown in the west to those grown in other areas of the country.



Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains


Author: James Halfpenny


Description: Scats and tracks have a story to tell and the author, a nationally renowned tracker, teaches the reader how to read signs to figure out who passed by. Includes written descriptions, track and gait pattern illustrations, glossary and more.



Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds, Western Region


Author: Don and Lillian Stokes


Description: Easy to use; perfect for beginning birders. Photographs, range maps, observation tips; information on habitat needs, life cycle, food preferences.





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