Level: Advanced

Age: Entering 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2024, Ages 16-17

Duration: 33 days (24 on Trail)

Requirements: Previous Manito-wish or other trail experience is necessary. Acceptance through invitation or interview.

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2024 or until full.

The Western is a demanding 24-day backpacking trip that you’ll experience in one of the potential destinations: Montana’s Beartooth Mountain Range, Wyoming’s Wind River Range or Idaho’s Selway/Bitteroot Range. Your group will hike both on and off the trail, above and below the tree line, over snow-capped mountains, through grassy meadows, and through rugged boulder fields to reach high alpine lakes. Off-trail hiking will test your endurance, route-finding skills, leadership skills, and determination.

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Wilderness Tripping Essential Eligibility Criteria

Manito-wish trail experiences are fun and rewarding but also present physical and emotional challenges. Please review our Wilderness Tripping Essential Eligibility Criteria to help you consider whether a wilderness trip is an appropriate experience for your participant.