Backpacking Trips

For Campers Entering Grades 7–12

2017 information will be available in November.

Whether hiking on Minnesota’s North Shore, on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, or out West in the Rocky Mountains, Menogyn backpacking is an excellent way for teens of all skill levels to experience the wonders of wild places!

Backpacking campers can expect to:

  • Learn how to properly fit and pack backpacks.
  • Travel an average of 6–10 miles each day.
  • Hike through spectacular landscapes along Lake Superior . or in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Relax, make friends, and share stories and experiences.
  • Eat great food and help cook over a fire or camp stove.
  • Learn to live simply, carrying everything you need on your back!

Financial assistance is available.

Superior Hiking Trail or Border Route

Campers learn the basics of wilderness backpacking during six days on the Superior Hiking Trail overlooking Lake Superior or along the Border Route Trail in the Boundary Waters. Both routes offer strikingly beautiful vistas, well maintained trails, and designated campsites. 

Isle Royale National Park - 10-11 Days

Entering Grades 8-11
After a 90 minute ferry ride from Grand Portage, campers enjoy 7 or 8 days backpacking established trails on beautiful Isle Royale, an island in Lake Superior. Isle Royale campers often see moose and fox, and may even hear wolves. Groups camp at designated campsites.

Yellowstone or Bighorns 

Entering Grades 9-12
After taking a van to Wyoming, campers experience a 7- 9 day backpacking trip in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park or in the Bighorn Mountains. Designed for campers with prior hiking experience, this session offers a great introduction to backpacking in the mountains of the American West. Trail groups will hike on trails to elevations up to 10,000 feet and will learn the skills needed to backpack safely in the mountains.

Rocky Mountains

Entering Grades 9-12
For 13-15 days, campers hike deep into a Rocky Mountain wilderness area (Sawtooths in Idaho, Wind River Range in Wyoming, or a similar area). Through spectacular mixed alpine, terrain at elevations up to 11,000 feet, campers enjoy classic Rocky Mountain backcountry wilderness while strengthening their mountain backpacking skills. Previous wilderness experience is required.