Backcountry Trail Blazers | 5-Day Summer Camp

Perfect for first-time backpackers & experienced hikers alike

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Distance

5 Miles

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Elevation Gain

800 Feet

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$450

July 11 & August 8

Hike Overview

Ages: 11-16: The sprawling forests, crystalline lakes, and secluded hollows of the Flathead Valley offer millions of acres of secluded wilderness to inspire endless awe and exploration. It is on these trails that our trailblazers will experience four days of pure backcountry adventure. Under the guidance and supervision of our staff, trailblazers will climb peaks, navigate their way through enchanting moss hewn valleys, and try their hand at backcountry cooking near glittering alpine lakes. This backpacking adventure is suited for first-time backpackers and experienced hikers alike.

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Backcountry Trail Blazers | 5-Day Summer Camp

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Educational Guided Tour
Ages: 11-16

The sprawling forests, crystalline lakes, and secluded hollows of the Flathead Valley offer millions of acres of secluded wilderness to inspire endless awe and exploration. It is on these trails that you get to be a trailblazer and experience four days of pure backcountry adventure. Under the guidance and supervision of our staff, we will climb peaks, navigate our way through enchanting moss hewn valleys, and try our hand at backcountry cooking near glittering alpine lakes. This backpacking adventure is suited for first-time backpackers and experienced hikers alike. We love introducing new hikers to this confidence-boosting, friendship-forming, mode of human-powered adventure!

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Big Creek Outdoor Education Center

Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.

What’s Included in your Trip Fee: All gear, meals, lodging, and transportation during camp.

**Please let us know as soon as possible if your child has any special requirements (dietary, medical, physical, etc.) so we may meet their needs. You may send snacks with your child, but all food must be stored in special bins in the Mess Hall to avoid any curious critters visiting our bunkhouses.

Backcountry Trail Blazers Teen Hiking Camp

What to Expect On Your Backcountry Trail blazers | Backpacking | 5-Day Camp

Campers will spend time exploring a variety of trails in the Flathead National Forest. We will stop often to learn about the amazing natural history of the area. All campers will be taught trail etiquette, how to stay hydrated, and Leave No Trace principles.

Hike Details

  • This Glacier Institute program meets at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center.
  • The program will begin 4 p.m. day 1 and ends 10 a.m. on the final day. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • There is a maximum number of 24 campers per camp.
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

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What to Bring

We will be in the backcountry for almost all of your trip, so you will want to be prepared for unpredictable weather, especially rain, intense sun exposure, cold winds and maybe even snow. We have some gear items available to borrow if needed. Labeling your belongings with your name is a fantastic way to make sure they all make it home with you.

  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes
  • 1-2 liter Water Bottle
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook with pencils

Download complete checklist here