July 28 to August 4, 2018

Status FULL
Cost $1325 (per person, 4 people per cabin)
Travel Dates July 28 to August 4, 2018
Description On this trip we will be exploring the southwest Absarokas, within the 2.4 million acre Shoshone National Forest, the nation’s first National Forest. (Wyoming also boasts the nation’s first National Park, Yellowstone, and the first National Monument, Devil’s Tower.) Hiking will be moderate to strenuous, with round trip distances of 7 to 11 miles and climbs of 2,100 feet to elevations over 11,000 feet. Less strenuous options will be also be available. The real challenge will be the altitude above sea level for us low-country hikers. To enjoy these hikes and keep up with the group you must be an experienced hiker in good condition. The itinerary is set up to provide an opportunity to acclimate, with the relatively easier hikes at the beginning and the most strenuous at the end. Transport to the trailheads will be in ranch vehicles (crew-cab pickups or vans) driven by ranch staff, who will also be our guides. We’ll visit beautiful mountain lakes surrounded by towering cliffs and spires, expansive meadows full of wildflowers and summits offering breathtaking views of the Teton, Gros Ventre, Absaroka and Wind River Ranges. The itinerary includes an open day when you can choose to go on a guided horseback ride (cost included), try your hand at fly fishing (cost included but you’ll need to buy a license), take another hike or just hang out.

Our base and accommodations for the week will be Absaroka Ranch, a scenic 1 ½ hour drive north and then east from the Jackson Hole Airport, and over the Continental Divide at 9658′ Togwotee Pass near the small, mountain town of Dubois, WY.  Absaroka Ranch, was a genuine, century-old, working cattle ranch until 1982, when it was purchased by the Betts family and converted to a guest ranch catering to hikers, horseback riders, hunters and fly fishers. There is the main lodge, with dining room and living room with fireplace, and four guest cabins set around a native lawn beneath tall aspens and cottonwoods, with views across the Dunoir Valley to the Wind River Range beyond. Each heated cabin has two bedrooms, each with two beds, and a shared bath. (One bathroom for two bedrooms.) The ranch can accommodate only 16 guests, and we’ll have it all to ourselves for the week.

All meals at the ranch, from Sunday dinner through Saturday lunch are included. The ranch is famous for its gourmet meals, served family style. Complimentary wine and beer is offered, starting with hors d’oeuvres served outside each evening, and continuing through dinner. Trail lunches are made to order from selections made the night before.

  • Transportation between Jackson, WY and Absaroka Ranch.
  • Transportation between Absaroka Ranch and all trailheads.
  • Guide service by ranch staff.
  • One day of horseback riding or fly fishing (license is extra charge)
  • Meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, July 29 and ending with lunch on Saturday, August 4, 2018.
  • 6 nights lodging at Absaroka Ranch.
Not Included
  • Transportation to and from Jackson, WY
  • Food and lodging in Jackson, WY
  • Tram fee at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (approximately $32)
  • Gratuity for Absaroka Ranch Staff ($125 minimum, more for exceptional service)
Payment Policy A Deposit of $ 500 is due with the application forms to register for the trip.

Must have at least 15 registered by March 17, 2018 for the trip to go.

The Balance of $825 is due no later than March 31, 2018.

Cancellation Policy
  • If registrant cancels prior to March 17, 2018, all payments received by ADK minus $100.00 will be refunded.
  • After March 17, 2018, refund will only be made if the vacancy can be filled from a waiting list maintained by the leader, if any, and then all but $100.00 will be refunded.
  • Note that there is a $100 registration fee included in the trip deposit which is not refundable if you have to cancel for any reason whatsoever.
  • If the leader decides that this trip is not for you, or the trip is canceled by ADK, all payments received by ADK will be refunded.
What to Bring Packing list provided upon request
Trip Insurance It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.



Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, July 28, 2018

Meet at the entrance to the tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  We’ll ride the tram to the scenic summit of Rendez-vous Mountain.  From there we’ll hike down to Teton Village for a group lunch.  Afternoon is free to explore other activities at Teton Village.   (Meals, lodging and tram ticket not included in price.)

Day 2: Sunday, July 29, 2018

Meet in Jackson for a 1pm departure to Absaroka Ranch. It’s a spectacularly scenic, 1 1/2 hour drive over the Continental Divide at 9658′ Togwotee Pass and down into the Wind River Valley. Then about 6 miles up a bumpy, dusty gravel road to Absaroka Ranch. We’ll have a brief orientation meeting and walk around the ranch area before dinner. (Breakfast and lunch not included. Dinner and overnight at the ranch included.)

Day 3: Monday, July 30, 2018

Like most of the hikes that we’ll be doing, this one starts near Togwotee Pass. From Brooks Lake, at 9,000′, it’s about an 8 mile (round trip) hike around Brooks Lake, Rainbow Lake and up about 900 feet to the Jade Lakes, at the foot of a 10,900 foot ridge which is the Continental Divide.  (All meals and overnight at the ranch included.)

Day 4: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

From a trailhead a mile west of Togwotee Pass, at 9,400′, we hike along the Continental Divide on the crest of the 800′ high Brooks Lake Cliffs to the 11,040′ summit of Mount Sublette. This 8 mile loop across the “Top of the World” includes a 1.5 mile alpine ridge walk across a meadow covered in wildflowers with incredible views of the Absarokas. (All meals and overnight at the ranch included.)

Day 5: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

This day has been left open so you can enjoy some of the other activities the ranch has to offer. There are options for guided horseback rides and/or fly fishing, we can organize another hike or you can stroll the grounds, just relax, read a book and enjoy the views from the cabin porch. (All meals and overnight at the ranch included.)

Day 6: Thursday, August 2, 2018

The South Summit of  Northeast Pinnacle Butte: About 7 miles round trip and 2,000’ up through Jules Bowl, a magical cirque dotted with meadows and evergreen stands. This hike tops out at about 11,240′ atop the 1,000 foot cliffs of the Pinnacles, with spectacular views of the Dunoir Valley, Tetons, Gros Ventres, Absarokas and Wind Rivers. (All meals and overnight at the ranch included.)

Day 7: Friday, August 3, 2018

Our grand finale: A long, hard hike to 11,155′ Austin Peak, which is really a broad, flat plateau of wildflower-carpeted tundra meadow on the Continental Divide, at the edge of the Teton Wilderness. Views from the top include the Tetons, Gros Ventres, Wind Rivers, Pinnacle Buttes, Brooks Lake Cliffs and, to the north, 12,156′ Younts Peak, the most remote mountain in the Lower 48. The 11 mile hike starts at 9,300′ and climbs 2,100’. (All meals and overnight at the ranch included.)

Day 8: Saturday, August 4, 2018

After breakfast we pack up and prepare to depart Absaroka Ranch. However, we’ll have time for a hike (5-7 miles) to one of the overlooks above the ranch.  We depart the ranch for the 1 ½ hour ride back to Jackson where we say our goodbyes and head out to our next adventures.  (Breakfast and lunch included. Lodging on your own).

Notes GETTING TO Jackson Hole Mountain Resort:  Teton Village is accessible via bus from Jackson.   The airport in Jackson is served by many national carriers.   Do not make your flight arrangements until I tell you that this trip has the minimum participants for the trip to go.
Registration Procedure Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or text) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S, Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.
Trip Leader Sue Kenyon