Brand New: Trip Difficulty Ratings

We listened to your feedback and we are excited to announce a brand new series of departures for several of our classic photography trips. Many of our photography tours & workshops are now available in two versions: a standard version for those with a strong interest in photography but aren’t necessarily interested in hiking and a “hiker” version of the trip that caters to those who want to put on the miles in order to get the shot! Hiker trips will be denoted in the various trips scheduled with a (hiker) in parenthesis after the specific trip date. Due to their nature many of our trips can only be hiker trips but if there is no (hiker) after the trip date then you can be assured that this trip does not involve much hiking.

We also have a new rating system that rates each trip by difficulty level. Standard trips are all rated at level 1 (easiest) while the various hiker trips are rated based on the difficulty of hikes all the way up to level 5 (most difficult). See below:


Trip Difficulty Ratings


 Level 1

Activities include road-based photography sessions and /or light walks. Sometimes they involve getting into and out of small boats depending upon the trip (all of our boat-based trips are level 1). Walks are generally on smooth dirt trails or paved pathways.

Level 2

Activities include light walking along maintained dirt trails and pathways with your camera gear. Mileage is generally between three and five miles but elevation gain is never more than a few hundred feet.

Level 3

Activities include walking and hiking along trails that may have more significant elevation gain. Mileage is generally between four and seven miles and elevation gain may be up to 1500 feet. Trails may be uneven, rocky and slippery.

Level 4

Activities include hiking on more challenging trails that are steep, uneven and with elevation gain up to 2500 feet. Mileage will vary but can range from five to nine miles.

Level 5

Our most challenging activity level for those who like to really push it! Activities include steep hiking on rough, rugged trails and often in trail-less wilderness areas. Expect significant elevation gain and lots of sweat!

Trips with both standard & hiker versions (brand new dates!!):

Canyons of Utah: Zion & Bryce

Yosemite Fall Colors

Glacier National Park

Yellowstone & Grand Teton in the Fall

Great Smoky Mountains in Autumn


Don’t Miss the Next Session of BCJ “Live”

Image Review: Landscape Edition

with Matt Meisenheimer & Kenton Krueger
Tuesday, Feb 23rd, 2021 at 11 am (Mountain)

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