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 in northern Minnesota, Michigan or in the Rocky Mountains of the West.
  • 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.

Intro to Backpacking: Border Route Trail

Entering Grades 7-8
This is a great opportunity for younger campers to experience the Menogyn Magic for the first time. Campers will spend one night at Menogyn and will then enjoy a 2 or 3 night small group canoe trip in the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Everyone will have fun learning how to paddle, portage, and set up camp.

5-day Session - $565

June 17-21


6-day Sessions - $675

June 23-28
July 7-12
July 28 - August 2
August 4-9
August 18-23


Longer Border Route Trail Adventure

Entering grades 8-10 |13-day session - $1,460

July 28 - August 9


Isle Royale Backpack 

Entering Grades 8-10
After a 90 minute ferry ride from Grand Portage, campers enjoy 10 days backpacking established trails on beautiful Isle Royale, an island national park in Lake Superior. Isle Royale campers often see moose and fox. Groups stay in designated campsites.

13-day Sessions - $1,820

June 30 - July 12
July 28 - August 9
August 11-23


Rocky Mountains

Entering Grades 8-12
Campers hike deep into a Rocky Mountain wilderness areas of Montana and Idaho such as the Big Horns, Sawtooths, Glacier National  Park and Yellowstone National Park, 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. 

Entering grades 8-10 | 13-day Sessions - $1,820

June 23 - July 5
July 14-26
August 4-16


Entering grades 10-12 | 20-day Sessions - $2,800

July 7-26
July 14 - August 2