Enjoy 5 days of early fall hiking from our backcountry camp at Circus Creek – the best of adventure and comfort.Circus Creek is the perfect jumping off point for unforgettable day hikes exploring high mountain meadows, rugged limestone passes, and hidden grottos. Also, early September is one of our favorite time in the mountains with the crisp nights, cool days, and vibrant colors.
The trip is lead by naturalist and guide Eric Bergman, who offers a knowledge and local expertise that helps build familiarity and intimacy with place and ecological systems.With a casual, unscripted approach, we will discuss flora, fauna, and process, with an inclination toward what happens between living organisms and their environment.
During our daily outings, you are encouraged to open and sharpen your senses to the living world.Time in the spaciousness of big wild country can help reorient us all to the natural realities and clarify what we know to be true.
If you are looking for a deeper understanding of place, emersion in fall colors, basecamp comforts, and the expertise of a local naturalist, then this is the trip for you.
Deposits are required at booking and are non-refundable. Trip balances are due by May 15 for summer trips and August 1 for fall trips unless otherwise specified. The balances are non-refundable after these due dates. We only give complete refunds in the event that you do not successfully draw a tag. Other than a non-successful draw, we do not give refunds for any reason. This includes but is not limited to: route changes due to wildfires, smoke, floods, trail conditions, a non-harvest hunt, or unprecedented weather events. We do not give refunds if personal health inhibits you from participating on a trip including exposure to an airborne virus or illness. Because of this, we STRONGLY recommend purchasing trip insurance.
Trip Rating Definitions
6 – 10 mile travel days with some of those days requiring changes in elevation of 500 – 1500 ft. over several miles. Short portions of route may be off-trail.
8 – 12+ mile travel days with regular change in elevation totaling 2,500 feet, or more, over several miles. Off-trail hiking and routing finding with short portions of limited exposure possible.
7 – 12+ mile travel days with regular changes in elevation over a few miles. Frequent off-trail hiking over uneven terrain with areas of exposure and route finding may be involved.
*Please note these descriptions are used for travel days only and are our attempt to provide a rating for the overall trip difficulty. On layover days we will offer optional hiking opportunities that may not be in keeping with the rest of the trip difficulty rating.
Additionally, changes in elevation are meant to represent the days’ starting and ending elevations, but not necessarily the total elevation lost and gained throughout the course of the day. If you have questions or concerns regarding trip difficulty and your abilities, please contact us.