Wyoming $1,900 • July 24-29, 2017 and August 18-23 for Solar Eclipse Viewing!
The Grand Tetons may be the most spectacular mountain range in the West, and we’ll explore the beautiful wilds of this famous realm of sky-scraping peaks,snowfields, lush forests and meadows, roaring streams and alpine lakes. Wildflower blooms are spectacular. Our routes are primarily within the verdant and wild Jedediah Smith Wilderness, in the Targhee National Forest, the west slope of the Tetons, which borders Grand Teton National Park. Moose, bighorn sheep, marmot, pika, bear and other native species thrive here. Rugged high mountain scenery and views are unsurpassed! With plenty of ups and downs but moderate mileage, this fairly strenuous trip is based in Jackson, Wyoming.
This trek is in the central and northern portions of the Tetons, and the middle portion of the trip will be along the incomparably spectacular Teton Crest Trail.
The August 18-23 Solar Eclipse Trip is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the upcoming solar eclipse from the high country of the Tetons, one of the exact areas directly in the eclipse path for the best viewing of this unusual celestial event! Don’t miss this opportunity! Note: The August 18-23 Eclipse Trip is now FULL, but feel free to contact us in case there are cancellations. However, there are still openings for the July 24-29 trip.
TREK BASE: Jackson, WY. Antler Motel, 43 West Pearl, 800-522-2406 or 307-733-2535. Make reservations early; if the motel is full, they’ll place our clients at a nearby motel owned and run by the same people.
MEETING TIME: Pre-trip orientation and safety talk plus food/gear handout at 6 PM the evening prior to the first day of the trip. So if the trip is from the 21st to the 26th, we meet at 6 PM on the 20th, in the Antler lobby.
TRANSPORTATION: Fly to Jackson, cabs to motel available upon arrival. Make flight reservations early because summer flights fill quickly! Alternatives: fly to Salt Lake, Idaho Falls or Bozeman and rent car. For bus/van service from Salt Lake or Idaho Falls to Jackson, call Jackson Hole Express, 800-443-6133 or 307-733-1719.
TREK RATING: This trip is fairly strenuous, with a couple of big ups and downs. Daily backpacking miles are moderate, in the 6-8 mile range, mostly on good trails. There’ll be at least 1 layover.
ELEVATIONS: 7,000-10,000 feet, with opportunities (weather permitting) for higher jaunts to alpine summits. Maximum one-day elevation gain with backpacks is about 2,000 feet.
WEATHER: Classic high mountain weather, usually with lots of summer sun. Afternoon thunderstorms are frequent, but usually fairly brief. Cool to cold nights. Be ready for anything, including very rapid changes. Click here for the National Weather Service forecast.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Our trips are primarily within the Jedadiah Smith Wilderness, which encompasses the west slope of the Tetons. These mountains are incomparably spectacular! Snow-clad glaciated peaks like none others. Below the peaks is a lush wilderness of coniferous forest, aspen and some of the grandest wildflower meadows anywhere on Earth! Much of the route is on the Grand Teton National Park border, along the incomparable Teton Crest Trail, one of the great high mountain walks anywhere!
SPECIAL TIPS: Bring plenty of sun protection. This is bear country, so avoid deodorants and other smelly substances.
STATUS: Big Wild co-owner Howie Wolke helped to get the Jed Smith designated as a Wilderness area back in 1984, though the Grand Teton National Park backcountry has yet to be protected as Wilderness by Congress.
ITINERARY: We generally go from “point A” to “point B”; the trailheads are about an hour from Jackson, and we’ll drive through Idaho.
Please Note: We vary our routes as conditions dictate, so mileages and elevations are approximate.