The Jedediah Smith Wilderness is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and home to a variety of wildlife including black and grizzly bear, big horn sheep, wolverine, moose and elk. The Jedediah Smith Wilderness lies on both sides of the Idaho/Wyoming state line including most of the west slope of the famous Teton Range. The classic view of the Tetons is from the east -- from Jackson Hole -- where the peaks rise 5000 to 7500 feet with no intervening foothills. The west slope of the Tetons is quite different; the magnificent range rises gradually with valleys and ridges forming heavily forested slopes. The wilderness is not very wide, but it is long -- almost the entire length of the west slope of the Teton Range.
Our service project is trail maintenance on the Hominy Peak Trail. The trail is in need of rebuilding erosion control structures and rerouting short sections. Its broad open vistas provide extraordinary views of the entire Teton Range and you're likely to at least see tracks of grizzly bear and moose. On our day off we may hike around the backside of the Teton Range near Hominy Peak and Survey Peak. Our host wilderness rangers with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest will provide pack animal support to carry group food, kitchen and tools.
Check out more photos from our 2011 Jedediah Smith Wilderness project in our gallery.