Yellowstone Wilderness

Yellowstone Wilderness

High Trails Adventure - Grades 10-12+

This wonderful three-week expedition is the ultimate wilderness experience. Enjoy backpacking and sea kayaking on a trip through the most remote wilderness in the lower 48 states. This trip is open to both returning Wilderness Adventurers and to new students who have completed the 10th grade and up.

21 Days

$4,495

  • July 17th - August 6th
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Day 1-3

After arriving at the airport in spectacular Jackson Hole, you will 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 Grand Teton National Park. It is an exciting first couple of days getting to know everyone in your group, learning the ins and outs of your group gear, and learning the details of your trip’s itinerary. You and your group will take a day hike through Grand Teton National Park’s esteemed hiking trails, taking in the views and really getting to know you each other. The next day, you’ll hit the sky on Jackson’s local aerial course at Snow King, and you will also begin preparing for your upcoming backpacking and sea kayaking trips.  You will work together to meal plan and grocery shop, head into town for any last minute gear, and going over the map of your trip. On that third evening, you’ll crawl into your tent early, anxious to store up energy but barely able to sleep — the excitement overwhelming for the days ahead.

Day 4-13

You’ll rise early and begin the backpacking portion of your journey at spectacular Brooks Lake on the edge of the Teton Wilderness in the Absaroka mountain range. Your backpacking trip will take you through the Teton Wilderness and into Yellowstone National Park. You will start the trip by traveling shorter distances while learning all of the skills necessary to travel and live comfortably in the wilderness. You will hike deep into the Thorofare region, one of the most remote areas in the lower 48 states. Literally, you will be as far as you can possibly get from any road anywhere in the contiguous United States! The Thorofare region is home to elk, bald eagles, deer, grizzly bear, and bighorn sheep. You’ll meet up with the headwaters of the majestic Yellowstone River and follow its westward flow. While learning backcountry cooking skills, minimum impact camping techniques, and map and compass skills, you will follow the Yellowstone River from its source in the Teton Wilderness to Yellowstone Lake in the world-renowned Yellowstone National Park. After camping on the shores of Yellowstone Lake, you will pick up your resupply of food and trade your backpacks for sea kayaks so that you can begin your six days of sea kayaking on Yellowstone Lake.

Day 14-19

After picking up your sea kayaks, you will learn the basic paddling and safety techniques of kayak touring. The kayak route takes you along the southern arms and shoreline of Yellowstone Lake, where you will have the chance to view a variety of wildlife. Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore areas of the country’s oldest national park. And these are the areas that are not accessible by foot! You’ll find that the sea kayaks are the perfect way to spot wildlife along the shores of the largest high alpine lake in the country. Each night, you’ll crawl into bed, relaxed from a day on the gentle water, under a star-filled sky — waking up early and rested for a misty morning paddle where you’re sure to see moose wading through the shallow waters. After five days on the water and an incredible 17-day vacation from civilization, you will make your way out of the backcountry, where you will take some well-earned showers, do laundry and revel in the elation of your accomplishments with a group that is sure to form many lifelong friendships.

Day 20-21

As a fun reward for your adventure in the wilderness, you’ll take a day to raft the exciting whitewater through the fabled canyon of the Snake River. Your last full day together will be an exhilarating time — paddling fun rapids, exploring the Old West town of Jackson (where you’ll also explore one of its many ice cream shops) and feasting on a delicious meal during the traditional end-of-trip group banquet. It will be tough to leave all of your new friends. Three weeks of incredible fun and bonding have come to an end. Although it is always good to return home, the close friends that you have made and the things that you have accomplished will make you wish that the trip were longer. As you board the plane, you will never forget the life-changing experience that you just enjoyed.

Day 1-3

After arriving at the airport in spectacular Jackson Hole, you will 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 Grand Teton National Park. It is an exciting first couple of days getting to know everyone in your group, learning the ins and outs of your group gear, and learning the details of your trip’s itinerary. You and your group will take a day hike through Grand Teton National Park’s esteemed hiking trails, taking in the views and really getting to know you each other. The next day, you’ll hit the sky on Jackson’s local aerial course at Snow King, and you will also begin preparing for your upcoming backpacking and sea kayaking trips.  You will work together to meal plan and grocery shop, head into town for any last minute gear, and going over the map of your trip. On that third evening, you’ll crawl into your tent early, anxious to store up energy but barely able to sleep — the excitement overwhelming for the days ahead.

Day 4-13

You’ll rise early and begin the backpacking portion of your journey at spectacular Brooks Lake on the edge of the Teton Wilderness in the Absaroka mountain range. Your backpacking trip will take you through the Teton Wilderness and into Yellowstone National Park. You will start the trip by traveling shorter distances while learning all of the skills necessary to travel and live comfortably in the wilderness. You will hike deep into the Thorofare region, one of the most remote areas in the lower 48 states. Literally, you will be as far as you can possibly get from any road anywhere in the contiguous United States! The Thorofare region is home to elk, bald eagles, deer, grizzly bear, and bighorn sheep. You’ll meet up with the headwaters of the majestic Yellowstone River and follow its westward flow. While learning backcountry cooking skills, minimum impact camping techniques, and map and compass skills, you will follow the Yellowstone River from its source in the Teton Wilderness to Yellowstone Lake in the world-renowned Yellowstone National Park. After camping on the shores of Yellowstone Lake, you will pick up your resupply of food and trade your backpacks for sea kayaks so that you can begin your six days of sea kayaking on Yellowstone Lake.

Day 14-19

After picking up your sea kayaks, you will learn the basic paddling and safety techniques of kayak touring. The kayak route takes you along the southern arms and shoreline of Yellowstone Lake, where you will have the chance to view a variety of wildlife. Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore areas of the country’s oldest national park. And these are the areas that are not accessible by foot! You’ll find that the sea kayaks are the perfect way to spot wildlife along the shores of the largest high alpine lake in the country. Each night, you’ll crawl into bed, relaxed from a day on the gentle water, under a star-filled sky — waking up early and rested for a misty morning paddle where you’re sure to see moose wading through the shallow waters. After five days on the water and an incredible 17-day vacation from civilization, you will make your way out of the backcountry, where you will take some well-earned showers, do laundry and revel in the elation of your accomplishments with a group that is sure to form many lifelong friendships.

Day 20-21

As a fun reward for your adventure in the wilderness, you’ll take a day to raft the exciting whitewater through the fabled canyon of the Snake River. Your last full day together will be an exhilarating time — paddling fun rapids, exploring the Old West town of Jackson (where you’ll also explore one of its many ice cream shops) and feasting on a delicious meal during the traditional end-of-trip group banquet. It will be tough to leave all of your new friends. Three weeks of incredible fun and bonding have come to an end. Although it is always good to return home, the close friends that you have made and the things that you have accomplished will make you wish that the trip were longer. As you board the plane, you will never forget the life-changing experience that you just enjoyed.