Backpacking Trips

For Campers Entering Grades 7–12

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

Entering Grades 8-11
Campers placed with others of similar age.

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


Grade 7 | 8 days

June 30-July 7 - $950
July 30-August 6 - $950

Grades 8-10 | 8 days

June 21-28 - $810
July 13-20 - $950
August 8-15 - $950

Grades 11-12 | 8 days

July 30-August 6 - $950

Isle Royale National Park - 10-11 Days

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


June 30-July 10 (11 days) - $1,465
July 24-August 3 (11 days) - $1,465
August 17-26 (10 days) - $1,350

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. 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 camp at designated sites.


June 24-July 7 (14 days) - $1,960
August 8-21 (14 days) - $1,960
July 13-28 (16 days) - $2,225

Rocky Mountains

Entering Grades 9-12
For 13 – 15 days, campers hike deep into a Rocky Mountain wilderness area (Sawtooths in Idaho, Glacier National Park in Montana, or a similar area) and explore spectacular mixed alpine terrain, at elevations up to 11,000 feet. Campers enjoy classic Rocky Mountain beauty while strengthening their mountain backpacking skills. Previous wilderness experience is required. 


July 13-August 3 (22 days) - $3,000
August 8-26 (19 days) - $2,660