For those of you who have been with us as clients over the years, you’ll note on our 2017 trip schedule that we have replaced our September Colorado trip with a new and exciting Yellowstone backpack adventure, the Northern Yellowstone Autumn Splendor trek, from September 18-23, 2017. Not that anything was wrong with our treks in Colorado’s high country, but fewer clients in the shoulder season and considerable travel expense for us made that trek less than economical. But above all, the Yellowstone back-country in early autumn is so wonderful that we really do need to offer more than one such autumn adventure. So here it is, a fairly strenuous walk along a route of Northern Yellowstone that overlaps with our June Northern Yellowstone trip, but also includes some higher terrain that we rarely visit in the spring.
The route is chosen to include groves of quaking aspen that most years are turning glorious gold by the third week of September. Aspen is the only common deciduous tree in the uplands of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, where most forests are dominated by conifers, such as spruce, fir, Douglas-fir and lodgepole pine. There will also be brightly colored willows, elk will be bugling and nights will be frosty with typically clear sunny days. But be prepared: September at 7,500 feet can pack a meteorological wallop, so don’t skimp on warm clothing and good rain-gear, just in case Mother Nature cuts loose. Again, this trek will cover some new territory not usually seen on our June Northern Yellowstone trip, so don’t miss it!