Teton Crest

Teton Crest

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

Experience the spectacular beauty and solitude of the Teton’s rugged mountain environment on this two-week back packing adventure along one of North America’s most renowned alpine trekking routes. Hike among the jagged spires, alpine meadows, glaciers, lake basins, and magnificent views of the Teton Crest Trail. Conquer the whitewater rapids of the Snake River, learn to fly fish, and explore the old western town of Jackson Hole.

14 Days

$4,095

  • July 19th - August 1st
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Day 1-2

Flying into Jackson Hole is an experience in and of itself. Before you even touch down, you’ll experience views of the Grand Teton that is unmatched by any picture. You will arrive in Jackson, meet your trip leaders and the rest of your group. From the airport, you will proceed directly to your first campsite only ten minutes away in the Gros Ventre wilderness. That first night, you will learn how to set up your tent, familiarize yourself with your new surroundings, play tons of group games, and get to know your trip mates with evening circle activities. The next day, you will wake up to your first frontcountry breakfast and spend the day preparing for your backpacking trip through the Tetons. You will meal plan, grocery shop in the town of Jackson, pick up any last minute items from the multitude of downtown shops, and get a good night’s rest for the journey to come. 

Day 3-10

You will begin your trek on the east side of the Tetons in Grand Teton National Park. Your group will hike the famed Teton Crest Trail across the spine of the Tetons. You will start the trip by traveling shorter distances while learning all of the skills necessary to travel and live comfortably in the wilderness. By the end of the trip you will be experts at backcountry cooking, minimum impact travel and Leave No Trace principles, and map and compass navigation.  Each night, you will camp below peaks such as the Grand Teton and Buck Mountain and swim in cold alpine lakes. The diversity of ecosystems, altitude, and scenery is unprecedented for most 8-day backcountry treks.

You will have layover days in stunningly beautiful areas of the Tetons such as Alaska Basin where you can rest your legs and take time to stop and enjoy this breathtaking wilderness. The sense of accomplishment that you’ll feel after having traversed one of America’s great mountain ranges is simply unimaginable. More importantly, however, will be  the fun times that you’ll share as a group: miles away from civilization you’ll play games, tell stories around a campfire, and sleep under the western night’s sky. You’ll emerge from the backcountry having made lifelong friends with a fantastic group of young people.

Day 11-12

You may be done backpacking, but the trip is not over yet! You’ll spend the next few days on the river, learning how to fly fishing and conquering the rapids of the Snake River Canyon on inflatable kayaks. 

You’ll take a day to learn how to fly fish among the Jackson area’s most pristine streams, rivers, and lakes. You’ll learn basic and advanced casting techniques, water reading, nymphing, how to “play” trout, and other exciting skills. Of course, you’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of fish biology and the surrounding ecosystem that supports this fun sport. The next day, you’ll hit the whitewater in your inflatable craft, splashing through the class II, III and IV rapids of Jackson’s most iconic section of river.

Day 13-14

You will spend the last full day of your trip exploring the town of Jackson Hole with your group. After shopping for souvenirs, playing games, and soaking in your last full day together, you will end the evening with a celebratory group banquet. Though it will be tough to leave all of your new friends, the following morning you’ll return to the airport and head home. As you board the plane, you will never forget the life changing experience that you just enjoyed.

Day 1-2

Flying into Jackson Hole is an experience in and of itself. Before you even touch down, you’ll experience views of the Grand Teton that is unmatched by any picture. You will arrive in Jackson, meet your trip leaders and the rest of your group. From the airport, you will proceed directly to your first campsite only ten minutes away in the Gros Ventre wilderness. That first night, you will learn how to set up your tent, familiarize yourself with your new surroundings, play tons of group games, and get to know your trip mates with evening circle activities. The next day, you will wake up to your first frontcountry breakfast and spend the day preparing for your backpacking trip through the Tetons. You will meal plan, grocery shop in the town of Jackson, pick up any last minute items from the multitude of downtown shops, and get a good night’s rest for the journey to come. 

Day 3-10

You will begin your trek on the east side of the Tetons in Grand Teton National Park. Your group will hike the famed Teton Crest Trail across the spine of the Tetons. You will start the trip by traveling shorter distances while learning all of the skills necessary to travel and live comfortably in the wilderness. By the end of the trip you will be experts at backcountry cooking, minimum impact travel and Leave No Trace principles, and map and compass navigation.  Each night, you will camp below peaks such as the Grand Teton and Buck Mountain and swim in cold alpine lakes. The diversity of ecosystems, altitude, and scenery is unprecedented for most 8-day backcountry treks.

You will have layover days in stunningly beautiful areas of the Tetons such as Alaska Basin where you can rest your legs and take time to stop and enjoy this breathtaking wilderness. The sense of accomplishment that you’ll feel after having traversed one of America’s great mountain ranges is simply unimaginable. More importantly, however, will be  the fun times that you’ll share as a group: miles away from civilization you’ll play games, tell stories around a campfire, and sleep under the western night’s sky. You’ll emerge from the backcountry having made lifelong friends with a fantastic group of young people.

Day 11-12

You may be done backpacking, but the trip is not over yet! You’ll spend the next few days on the river, learning how to fly fishing and conquering the rapids of the Snake River Canyon on inflatable kayaks. 

You’ll take a day to learn how to fly fish among the Jackson area’s most pristine streams, rivers, and lakes. You’ll learn basic and advanced casting techniques, water reading, nymphing, how to “play” trout, and other exciting skills. Of course, you’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of fish biology and the surrounding ecosystem that supports this fun sport. The next day, you’ll hit the whitewater in your inflatable craft, splashing through the class II, III and IV rapids of Jackson’s most iconic section of river.

Day 13-14

You will spend the last full day of your trip exploring the town of Jackson Hole with your group. After shopping for souvenirs, playing games, and soaking in your last full day together, you will end the evening with a celebratory group banquet. Though it will be tough to leave all of your new friends, the following morning you’ll return to the airport and head home. As you board the plane, you will never forget the life changing experience that you just enjoyed.