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.
In the lodge dining room.
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.
Along the trail, we’ll have sack lunches.
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.
At the lodge.
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.