TVTAP GET Outside Series “Botanist Hike”
Monday, July 10th, 2017
9am – 1pm
Teton Canyon – South Teton Canyon Trailhead
(You must RSVP for this event)
DESTINATION: Alaska Basin Trail
ACTIVITY: Group hike – botanist led
GROUP SIZE: 16 participants
ROUND-TRIP MILEAGE: 5.6 miles (Teton Shelf trail junction turn-around)
TERRAIN DESCRIPTION: Singletrack dirt with some rock
DIFFICULTY/SKILL LEVEL: Beginner/Intermediate
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 400/400 ft.
LEADER PACE: Steady with frequent stops
LEADER: Avery Beyer, Rose Lehman
Join the US Forest Service and TVTAP for a guided hike. The hike, led by a Forest Service Botanist and Forester, will look at and discuss plants and trees found on the Teton Basin Ranger District. The trip will focus on plant and tree identification, vegetation’s role in the ecosystem, and how the Forest Service manages for forest health.
The group will meet at 9AM at South Teton Canyon Trailhead. The hike is capped at 16 participants, so please RSVP early.
What to bring: Appropriate footwear, small pack with food, water, rain gear and extra clothing.
South Teton Canyon Trailhead is located at the top of Teton Canyon. From Highway 33 in the heart of Driggs, ID, turn eastbound onto Ski Hill Road. At just over a mile you’ll reach a fork in the road. Bear left here and continue on Ski Hill Road, heading towards Grand Targhee Resort. Roughly 4 miles from Highway 33 you’ll reach the Wyoming state line, and will soon pass through the town of Alta. At roughly 6.4 miles you’ll reach the Targhee National Forest boundary. At 6.6 miles, just after crossing over the cattle guard, turn right onto Teton Canyon Road, which soon turns into a gravel road. From the junction drive another 4.6 miles to the South Teton Canyon Trailhead, located at the end of the road. As mentioned, Teton Canyon Road is a gravel road with lots of pot holes and washboard. However, a two-wheel drive vehicle should have no problems making it if drivers take their time.