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Jedediah Smith Wilderness, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, WY (Aug 20th - Aug 26th 2017)

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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 conducting trail maintenance on the signature Teton Crest Trail within the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. Backpacker magazine describes the Teton Crest as one of the best hikes ever, as it "traverses the nation's most photogenic range." We'll backpack in about 7 miles along a well-graded trail and set up a base camp in the extremely picturesque Granite Basin. From there we will make short hikes to our work site each day; our project will consist of general trail maintenance, including rock work and replacing erosion controls, like checksteps and waterbars. On our day off we may hike to any number of lakes or viewpoints of the southern Teton Range. Our host wilderness rangers with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest will provide pack animal support to carry group food, cookset and tools.

This project will be in the path of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Total eclipse duration estimates for the area are over 2 minutes. Come meet new people and watch a total solar eclipse while giving something back to our public lands.

This project is rated as a challenging project.

Check out more photos from the 2015 Jedediah Smith Wilderness project in our gallery.


Aug 20th - Aug 26th 2017

Service Project

Trail maintenance, turnpike construction & stream crossing

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Free Days

Hiking to scenic vistas, photography, wildlife & wildflower viewing, exploring wild Wyoming


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Project Difficulty

Challenging : 5 mile backpack, digging, bending. Pack animal supported. Elevation 9,400'


Bob Ellison
Karen Zietlow

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