Backpacking Trips

For Campers Entering Grades 7–12

Whether hiking on Border Route Trail, 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:

  • Hike through spectacular landscapes in northern Minnesota, Michigan or in the Rocky Mountains of the West.
  • Live and travel in a small community of 4-6 other campers
  • Travel an average of 6-10 miles a day
  • Develop wilderness skills like paddling, portaging, navigation, and campcraft
  • Learn about low-impact wilderness travel
  • Build connections and friendships with other campers
  • Challenge themselves under the supervision of our highly trained guides

Financial assistance is available.

Intro to Backpacking: Border Route Trail

This is a great opportunity for younger campers to experience the Menogyn Magic for the first time. Campers will time in camp preparing for their trip and then enjoy a 2- or 3-night small group hiking trip in the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Entering Grades 7-8
5- and 6-Day Sessions

7/25-7/29 | 5 Days | Single Gender | $620
8/1-8/5 | 5 Days | Single Gender | $620
8/8-8/12 | 5 Days | Single Gender | $620
8/22-8/26 | 5 Days | Single Gender | $620

Isle Royale Backpack 

After a 90-minute ferry ride from Grand Portage, campers enjoy 9 days backpacking established trails on Isle Royale. Isle Royale is a beautiful island national park in Gitchi Gami, also know as Lake Superior. Isle Royale Trips are not appropriate for first time backpackers. Previous backpacking experience required. Please contact us if you'd like more information.

Entering Grades 9-11
12-Day Sessions

6/27-7/8 | 12 Days | Single Gender | $1,840
7/11-7/22 | 12 Days | Single Gender | $1,840
8/8-8/19 | 12 Days | Single Gender | $1,840

Rocky Mountains Backpack

Campers hike deep into the Rocky Mountain wilderness areas of Montana, Wyoming, or Idaho. While exploring the mountains, campers will get to experience the spectacular mixed-alpine terrain at elevations up to 11,000 feet. Campers may travel through the Sawtooth Wilderness, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, or a similar area.

Entering grades 8-10
12- and 13-Day Sessions

7/11-7/22 | 12 Days | Single Gender | $1,840
7/25-8/5 | 12 Days | Single Gender | $1,840
8/8-8/19 | 12 Days | All Gender | $1,840
8/15-8/26 | 12 Days | Single Gender | $1,840

Entering grades 10-12
19-Day Sessions
*Previous wilderness experience is required.*

7/4-7/22 | 19 Days | Single Gender | $2,915
7/25-8/12 | 19 Days | Single Gender | $2,915