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Thinking it'd make a good summer after divorce trip to head to two oceans pass with a friend, watch a meteor shower and launch a carved boat down each creek.

however, the distance and a bagillion feet above sea level thing has me concerned (i'm an 8 mile, smoking, sea level dweller, my friend less enthusiastic about hiking forever).

looking for recommendations for a minimally guided trip (pack you in on horses and let you figure out the rest, few days later come recover).


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Most of do not go on guided trips- minimally of otherwise, so you may not get too many responses, but a quick google of "Two Oceans Pass" turned up this, which might be a good place to start.

http://www.twooceanpass.com/
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That is indeed some pretty country but the real draw is going over Two Ocean and going on to the Thoroughfare area and the headwaters of the Yellowstone.  That is 25 miles in.  If your plan is to go only to TwoOcean I wouldn't bother but go somewhere else.  Anyplace with beautiful mountain scenery will have plenty of outfitters willing to work with you and provide whatever level of support you are looking for.
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As a 12 year old in 1976 I rode the pass and plateau the second week of July. A light swat on the side of my horse brought up 100-150 bloody mosquitoes. Parting of the waters looked like some kind of unnatural entity was swirling over it.

We have an incredible variety of hiking in Greater Yellowstone, some of it among the finest in the world, and far closer to a trailhead. I'm not the fittest hiker either, but I live at altitude and just take my time. I can show you how to get on a spectacular 10-11,000 foot section of the Divide in just a few hours. I can show you an incredible hot springs pool at the end of an almost level 8.5 mile day with a hundred ten foot waterfall right there as seen in my avatar. I can show you a lot of different stuff that will recharge your batteries and give you incredible satisfaction for the soul. Here are just a few qucik suggestions:

Yellowstone's Bechler River: Pretty level, Mr. Bubbles is amazing. 30 miles end to end with shuttle to either Old Faithfull or Bechler Ranger Station.

Cougar and Pierpont Passes: The Absaroka is simply awesome. There are seriously sensational reasons the Shoshone is our first National Forest.Frontier Creek is mind blowing.

Up Crystal Creek and down Swift Creek: The Gros Ventre is incredible.

Ross Lakes: Wonderful Winds without the mileage Titcomb, etc., requires.

I could go on for hours. Message me sometime if you want to talk. I'd suggest you start by buying the Jackson & Buffalo Ranger District Map of the BTNF; it has much of southern Yellowstone, the Shoshone, and all of GTNP.

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I've never been over Two Ocean plateau, but if you go anywhere near or in the Thorofare, be careful of the time of the year. In early summer it can be an enourmous bog and swamp due to snow melt and as DC alluded to, the mosquitos are incredibly thick and vicious until at least August and usually later.  Time your trip well.  Awesome country though.

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Thanks for the input. The intent of making a trip that way is to launch a stick boat (lego man size) down each creek... so I got to stick to that plan. Kinda been stuck on the idea since I read about it in "journal of a trapper" If not this, i'm searching for fish or spending a week on a sailboat in alaska, or trying for a trip to Jerusalem... embracing a summer to spend how I want for the first time in my life.

sorry if this isn't the best forum for this, I didn't see many suitable. Even though most of you would never use a guide (I haven't, but see the need in this case.... however I don't need someone to cook, or a wall tent, I just know my safe endurance limitations), figured people of the same mindset are here and have run into guides through the years and know who are decent people.

mosquitoes... from the land of they can make you light headed if you're not careful (alaska), however my friend might not be so "meh, bugs". was hoping to plan this to coincide with the Perseid shower (mid august), hows the weather/bugs looking around then?

I got ahold of Two Ocean Pass Outfitting last week, waiting on details, exploring options at this point.

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(ohhh... how's the fly fishing? [c&r, grew up poor in alaska, I can't stand eating them anymore])
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It used to be that in mid August we'd had a pretty good killing frost by then, but not so much in recent years with the exception of 2009 when it froze just about every other day throughout August.

In the begining of August Grizzlies are often found in Whitebark Pine stands and then later in the month above treeline where they turn over rocks looking for Army Cutworm Moths. Just be aware and make them aware of yourself. Same protocols as Alaska. I like my bear vault, make noise in short sight distance, and holster an airhorn and spray.


We do not pack that deep into the wilderness anymore, we're older now and most of our clients appreciate rides in of a dozen miles or less.

I do not know of Two Ocean Outfitters, but odds are they are a good operation. I however do know of several folks that go out there. If you'd like an additional reference or two let me know. Just make sure whoever you go with or whoever does a drop camp for you is licensed, permitted, and insured. Check with the Wyoming Outfitters Association, etc.

Cell coverage gets pretty faint in there, outfitter should have a satellite phone and if you're going to be on your own you probably should rent one too.


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