NEW! Hiking Yellowstone’s Volcanic History

NEW! Hiking Yellowstone’s Volcanic History

Shared Cabin Triple: $600 per person
Private Cabin Double: $1,400 for two people
Private Cabin Single: $1,000 per person
Dates:
Aug 4 at 7 PM - Aug 8 at 9 AM
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Dave Egan, M.S.
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Seminar Type:
Traditional
Program Subject:
Geology, Hiking

Yellowstone is a beautiful mix of at least four major events in geologic history, creating a landscape of rocks that are still forming along with those over a billion years in age. Significant to the landscape is a period of volcanic eruptions whose volcanic roots form major peaks across the northern portion of the park, including Mt. Washburn. Intervals between eruptions included massive ash and mudflows, burying forests and creating one of the largest petrified forests in the world. Eruptions returned to the area again a few million years ago, creating a patchwork of volcanic layers within and around the Yellowstone caldera. All of these materials were then substantially scoured by glaciers, creating the incredible landscape seen today and such features as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Participants will hike through a variety of geologic settings with the goal of being able to observe and interpret the geologic processes that have formed the landscape of Yellowstone.

Lodging Options:

  • Private Cabin Single: A private cabin for yourself
  • Private Cabin Double: A private cabin for yourself and one other participant of your choice
  • Shared Cabin Triple: A bed in a shared cabin with up to two other participants

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SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.