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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
PRICES
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
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
1,949
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2022
Starting at
1,949
Sep 2 - Sep 7, 2022
Starting at
1,949
Sep 9 - Sep 14, 2022
Starting at
1,949
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
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
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
2,429
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2022
Starting at
2,429
Sep 2 - Sep 7, 2022
Starting at
2,429
Sep 9 - Sep 14, 2022
Starting at
2,429

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.

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.

General Notes

This is a Micro Group program, with 12 or fewer participants.
Featured Expert
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Jim Garry
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.”

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.
Profile Image of Jim Garry
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.”
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Charlie Pyle grew up on a family farm in Oklahoma, and he became enthralled with the Rocky Mountains and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem on family trips to Montana in the 1950’s. In Charlie’s long and distinguished career, he’s led trips to Alaska and Yellowstone National Park as a Girl Scout leader and served as a program assistant at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch and in Gardiner for the Yellowstone Association Institute, a volunteer park host at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and a Wilderness First Responder.
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Born in southern Idaho, but raised in Texas, Fred Haas has always enjoyed the outdoors. With a degree in forestry from Texas A&M, Fred headed out west to work with the U.S. Forest Service. Fred's 33 years of public land management included roles in reforestation, timber sale administration, grazing management, road and trail maintenance, special use permit administration, landownership adjustments, recreation and wilderness management. In retirement Fred enjoys hiking, camping, volunteering, and woodworking.
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Born and raised in rural North Dakota, Kari took a summer job with the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho following college graduation and worked 34 years for the agency. She worked summers as a civil engineering road inspector and hydrologic technician before taking a permanent year-round job in administrative services. Her last eight years were as a budget analyst, and she retired from the Gallatin National Forest in May 2013. She lives in Bozeman, MT and enjoys hiking, camping, biking, canoeing and cross-country skiing.
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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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Mike Miller View biography
Mike Miller, a retired public school and collegiate educator, began driving for Road Scholar while serving as Director of Student Teaching at the University of Montana Western. Born in Oregon and raised mainly in Idaho and Montana, he has been a driver, hiker helper, and Group Leader in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as well as hiking in the Beartooth Mountains. Mike watched Old Faithful erupt at midnight on Christmas Eve and retrieved a false tooth from a bathroom drain at a Yellowstone motel.
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Zack Baker View biography
Zack Baker attended high school in Livingston, Montana, 52 miles north of Yellowstone. His love for the park started while snowshoeing and observing wildlife. At Montana State University in Bozeman, he earned a B.S. in plant science, but it was Yellowstone’s mammals that grabbed his interest. He led private wildlife watching, hiking, and photography trips, and drove snowcoaches in the winter. He joined up with Road Scholar in 2017 and is now the Program Director for Road Scholar at the University of Montana Western.
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.
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.
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.
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: 5:00-6:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the lodge dining room.

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. Transportation to/from trailheads will be via SUVs unless specified otherwise. Our rides to the trailheads will include on-board interpretation. Hikes will be led by an expert naturalist accompanied by our Group Leader. Hikes will be up to 6 miles with elevation gains of up to 1,400 feet. Bring a reusable water bottle on hikes; ice water will be available in the SUVs to refill water bottles. The Beartooth Plateau-Absaroka Mountains area is at high altitude with hikes on trails ranging from 7,000 feet to 11,000 feet. At high altitudes, we 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. Hike routes are planned but be aware that schedule/hiking locations may change on short notice due to weather, trail conditions, or wildlife activity. Periods in the 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 change due to local circumstances/conditions. 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 Natural History, First Hike
Crandall Creek
B,L,D
Hunter Peak Ranch

Activity note: Getting in/out of SUVs; driving about 30 meals each way, 60 miles round-trip; approximately an hour each way, 2 hours total. Hiking about 6 miles; elevations ranging from 7,000 to 11,000 feet; established, uneven wildland trails; dirt, rocky trails, uneven terrain; possible elevation gain of 1,400 feet per hike.

Breakfast: In the lodge dining room.

Morning: We will begin our day with an expert-led introduction to the natural history of the mighty Beartooth Plateau and Absaroka Mountains in north central Wyoming’s magnificent high country. Then, mid-morning, we will hop aboard the van and ride to the trailhead for our first hiking field trip led by our naturalist. A benefit of this impressive area’s isolation is lightly used trails. Hiking here provides opportunities to explore beautiful country and learn about its natural history along the way.

Lunch: Along the trail, we’ll have sack lunches.

Afternoon: Our hike will continue through mixed forest habitat where we will see and learn about the geology of this incredible, mountainous portion of the west. The poetry of its names — Beartooth, Shoshone, Absaroka — and the result of violent geology make this a place that stamps itself into memory for anyone fortunate enough to hike its trails.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: We’ll gather and get to know more about this remote, pristine 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 Hiking
Crandall Creek
B,L,D
Hunter Peak Ranch

Activity note: Getting in/out of SUVs; driving about 30 meals each way, 60 miles round-trip; approximately an hour each way, 2 hours total. Hiking about 6 miles; elevations ranging from 7,000 to 11,000 feet; established, uneven wildland trails; dirt, rocky trails, uneven terrain; possible elevation gain of 1,400 feet per hike. Bring binoculars and camera to record the experience.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: We will hop in the SUVs and ride to the trailhead for a hiking field trip that will take us to exquisite, subalpine lakes and creeks, meadows, and pockets of timber. Our naturalist will explain how wildlife use this habitat including the plants that grow here. We’ll learn about the miracle of survival and interdependence of various species including Whitebark pine, Clark’s nutcracker, squirrels, grizzly bears, and more.

Lunch: Sack lunches.

Afternoon: Our field trip will continue with hiking amid 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. We’ll learn about nature’s astonishing, high elevation coping mechanisms.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Getting in/out of SUVs; driving about 30 meals each way, 60 miles round-trip; approximately an hour each way, 2 hours total. Hiking about 6 miles; elevations ranging from 7,000 to 11,000 feet; established, uneven wildland trails; dirt, rocky trails, uneven terrain; possible elevation gain of 1,400 feet per hike.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: We will ride into the mountains for our day’s hike. As we hike along trails, our naturalist will 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: Our field trip will continue through this spectacular land of high, windswept plateaus and mountains that reveal 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 take the time and make the effort.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: We’ll learn more about the ecosystem, wildlife, and the issues they face as we gather for another expert-led presentation. An immensely fragile environment, the wilderness is home to one of the few tundra biomes in the continental United States.

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

Activity note: Getting in/out of SUVs; driving about 30 meals each way, 60 miles round-trip; approximately an hour each way, 2 hours total. Hiking about 6 miles; elevations ranging from 7,000 to 11,000 feet; established, uneven wildland trails; dirt, rocky trails, uneven terrain; possible elevation gain of 1,400 feet per hike.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: We will ride to the trailhead for another exciting day on the trail. As we hike, our naturalist will tell us about 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 lunches.

Afternoon: Our day of hiking along lightly used trails amid staggering scenery will reveal this magnificent area’s natural history. In-person learning as it was meant to be.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: We’ll gather once more to review the program and the memories we’ve made during our hiking learning adventure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Crandall Creek
B

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

Breakfast: At the lodge. This concludes our program.

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