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Hiking in the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming

Trek through the magnificent Beartooth Mountains and Shoshone National Forest as you learn about their unique geology and ecology, and absorb their natural beauty.
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Program No. 22798RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,799
Wyoming

Hiking in the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming

Trek through the magnificent Beartooth Mountains and Shoshone National Forest as you learn about their unique geology and ecology, and absorb their natural beauty.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,799
Program No. 22798 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
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Jul 20 - Jul 25, 2021
Starting at
1,799
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2021
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

On this departure shorter hikes will be offered Daily hikes of 3-4 miles. Option for 1-2 hikes per day.

Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2021
Starting at
1,799
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2021
Starting at
1,799
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jul 20 - Jul 25, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

On this departure shorter hikes will be offered Daily hikes of 3-4 miles. Option for 1-2 hikes per day.

Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2021
Starting at
2,199

At a Glance

Beartooth. Shoshone. Absaroka. When it comes to the mountains of Wyoming, even the names are poetic. Hike off the beaten path through undulating hills and alpine meadows as you explore the natural wonders of these remote and glorious mountains. Join seasoned naturalists to learn about the geological forces that gave rise to dramatic cliffs, lush valleys and windswept plateaus. Encounter exquisite lakes and babbling creeks in this rich riparian habitat, and discover the abundance of life that survives at this altitude, including the mighty grizzly bear.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Daily hikes up to 6 miles on rocky, uneven terrain. Elevations up to 11,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy invigorating hikes on the lightly used trails of Wyoming’s magnificent high country.
  • Discover a high-elevation ecosystem teeming with plant and animal life forms, and learn about the geology that shapes their habitat.
  • Absorb the unsung beauty of Wyoming as you hike from one staggeringly beautiful vista to the next.
Featured Expert
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Gene Ball
Raised along the rural Louisiana-Texas border, Gene's early outdoor experiences began a lifelong interest in wildlife, western heritage and preservation. After teaching and serving as director for the Hill Country Arts Foundation and Cowboy Artists Museum in Texas, he migrated to Wyoming to work at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He then became director of the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park, and now freelances as a writer and naturalist.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Raised along the rural Louisiana-Texas border, Gene's early outdoor experiences began a lifelong interest in wildlife, western heritage and preservation. After teaching and serving as director for the Hill Country Arts Foundation and Cowboy Artists Museum in Texas, he migrated to Wyoming to work at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He then became director of the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park, and now freelances as a writer and naturalist.
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Meredith Madden View biography
Meredith grew up in a Chicago suburb and first fell in love with nature on family trips to Michigan. She moved to Big Sky Montana at age 21 and hasn’t looked back since. Meredith enjoys swimming, hiking, cross country and alpine skiing, rafting, kayaking, bike riding, Bikram yoga and Pilates. She loves children, animals and dancing. Meredith is a certified Pilates instructor and works as an assistant to families in Bozeman teaching Pilates, caring for children, pets and all-around needs.
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Jim Garry was born and raised in Texas and got his education at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. Since then, he moved to Wyoming where he’s lived for the past 44 years, spending at least part of every year in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In that time, he’s worked as a wilderness guide, cowboy, biologist, naturalist, historian, artist, teacher, writer and storyteller. His most recent book is “The Weapons of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.”
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
East of Yellowstone
by Robert Carson
The book explains the dramatic geologic history and features of the Clarks Fork area just east of Yellowstone National Park. Illustrated with stunning photographic portraits.
Greater Yellowstone: The National Park and Adjacent Wildlands (Montana Geographic Series)
by Rick Reese
Book 6 of the Montana Geographic series showcases the Greater Yellowstone area, including ecology and ecosystem information as well as beautiful photography.
Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park
by Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf
This first comprehensive account of Indians in and around Yellowstone corrects more than a century of ignorance. Detailed here is Yellowstone's native peoples and their story of a long engagement with a remarkable landscape.
Mountain Spirit: The Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone
by Lawrence Loendorf and Nancy Medaris Stone
Drawing on the results of ongoing archaeological excavations and extensive ethnographic work among descendant native peoples, the authors discuss the many Indian groups, in particular the Tukudika Shoshone, who visited or lived in the Yellowstone area in prehistoric and historic times. The Tukudika or Sheep Eaters made skillful use of their environment and maintained an abundant way of life closely related to their primary source of protein, the mountain sheep of high-altitude Yellowstone.
Beartooth Mountains (Images of America)
by Patty Hooker
Historic photographs from museums and special collections illustrate this fascinating history of the Beartooth Mountains with stories from the past from Native Americans, place names and events to routes, prospecting, ranching and dudes.
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Crandall Creek
D
Hunter Peak Ranch

Activity note: Lodge check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: From 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., after you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the lodge dining room, we will have a family-style welcome dinner featuring salad, entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water. You’re welcome to bring your own choice of beverage.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. During the program, our hikes will be led by an expert naturalist in addition to our Group Leader. Hikes each day will be up to 6 miles with an elevation gain of up to 1,400 feet. Transportation to and from trailheads will be via van unless specified otherwise. Remember to bring a reusable water bottle that you can bring with you on hikes; ice water will be available in the vans to refill water bottles. The Beartooth Plateau/Absaroka Mountains area is at high altitude with hikes on trails ranging from 7,000' to 11,000'. At high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is important and a simple way to avoid these unpleasant and sometimes dangerous problems. Hikes are planned but be aware that schedule/hiking locations may change at the last minute due to weather, trail conditions or wildlife activity. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may be changed due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Beartooth & Absaroka Mountain Intro, First Hike
Crandall Creek
B,L,D
Hunter Peak Ranch

Activity note: Hike approximately 6 miles at elevations ranging from 7,000ft to 11,000ft on established, uneven wildland trails; possible elevation gain of 1,400ft per hike.

Breakfast: At the lodge dining room, we will have a plentiful buffet featuring breakfast meats, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, juice, water.

Morning: With an expert naturalist, our day begins with an introduction led by an expert naturalist to the natural history of the mighty Beartooth Plateau and Absaroka Mountains in north central Wyoming's magnificent high country. In the mid morning, we will hop aboard the van and head to the trailhead for our first day hike led by our naturalist. The isolation of this impressive area adds up to lightly used trails. Hiking here provides the opportunity to explore beautiful country and soak up its natural history along the way.

Lunch: Along the trail, we will have suck lunches including a sandwich, fruit, cookies, veggies, and a granola bar.

Afternoon: Hiking continues through mixed forest habitat while seeing and learning about the geology of this incredible, mountainous portion of the west. The poetry of its names - Beartooth, Shoshone, Absaroka - and the result of its violent geology make it a place that stamps itself into memory for anyone fortunate to hike its trails.

Dinner: Lodge family-style meal.

Evening: We’ll then get to know this remote and untouched land with a presentation on its ecology and wildlife by a naturalist. Located to the northeast of Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is an important part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Managed strictly by the U.S. Forest Service, the wilderness is home to the largest area of unbroken land above 10,000 feet in the continental United States.

DAY
3
Full Day Of Hiking
Crandall Creek
B,L,D
Hunter Peak Ranch

Activity note: Hiking up to 6 miles with elevation gain up to 1,400 feet. Bring binoculars and a camera to record the experience.

Breakfast: Lodge buffet.

Morning: Voyage to the trailhead includes on board interpretation. Hiking encounters include exquisite, subalpine lakes and creeks, meadows and pockets of timber. Naturalist explains how wildlife uses this habitat including the plants that grow here. Discover the miracle of survival and interdependence of various species including Whitebark pine, Clark's nutcracker, squirrels, grizzly bears and more.

Lunch: Sack lunch.

Afternoon: Hiking continues with interludes among riparian habitat and other high elevation life zones. The lush diversity of plant life that bursts forth each short summer is a miracle to behold knowing that, too soon, winter will resume its frigid, iron grip. Discover nature's astonishing, high elevation coping mechanisms.

Dinner: Lodge family-style meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Full Day Of Hiking
Crandall Creek
B,L,D
Hunter Peak Ranch

Activity note: Hiking up to 6 miles with possible elevation gain of up to 1,400'. Hikes are learning hikes with trailside interpretation.

Breakfast: Lodge buffet.

Morning: Journey into the mountains for our day’s hike. The hiking area trails shed light on the region’s human history including use by hunger-gatherers and later explorers, trappers, miners, homesteaders, and dude ranchers.

Lunch: Sack lunches.

Afternoon: Hiking continues. A spectacular land of high, windswept plateaus and mountains reveals signs of glaciation, basement rock, fault zones and volcanics. A land of short summers and long, harsh winters. A land that reveals itself to hikers willing to make the effort and take the time.

Dinner: Lodge family-style dinner.

Evening: Resting our legs, we will continue to learn about the ecosystem, wildlife, and the issues they face. An immensely fragile environment, the wilderness is home to one of the few tundra biomes in the continental United States.

DAY
5
Full Day of Hiking
Crandall Creek
B,L,D
Hunter Peak Ranch

Activity note: Hiking up to 6 miles with possible elevation gain of up to 1,400 feet.

Breakfast: Lodge buffet.

Morning: Ride to the trailhead for another exciting day on the trail. As we hike, our naturalist will explain the significance of this region. The Beartooth Plateau and Absaroka Mountains, their streams, life zones, life forms, and geology are an important component of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Lunch: Sack lunch.

Afternoon: Days of hiking along lightly used trails among staggering scenery has revealed a magnificent area's natural history. Hands-on learning as it was meant to be.

Dinner: Lodge family-style meal.

Evening: We’ll then gather to review the program and look back on our new memories from our hiking adventure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Crandall Creek
B

Activity note: Lodge check-out by 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Lodge buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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