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Idaho Youth Wilderness Initiative

We are collaborating with IYWI another Idaho nonprofit organization to get youth outdoors and experience nature! IYWI will create opportunities for Idaho’s youth to experience overnight wilderness adventures provided by trained and equipped adult youth leaders. The mission of IYWI is to create opportunities for Idaho youth to experience overnight wilderness adventures by breaking down [...]

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Upcoming Events & Projects

English Point Trail Work Party

English Point trail

Project: Idaho Trails Association spring cleanup project on English Point trail near Hayden Lake. Date and time: Saturday, May 30th starting at 8:00 am, ending by 4:00 pm. Where: We will meet at 8:00 am at the trailhead on English Point Road just off of East Lancaster Road. Volunteers can show up any time during the [...]

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2015 National Trails Day – Trail Work Party

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Saturday, June 6th Projects details: This 2015 National Trails Day will be the fifth annual Idaho Trails Association, Boise REI, and Boise BLM work project in the scenic Owyhee Canyonlands. Work details:  Purjue Canyon Trail is a 6 mile hiking trail along the East Fork of Shoofly Creek (Perjue Canyon) in Little Jacks Creek Wilderness.  [...]

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2015 Wewukiye Trail Work Party

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    Where: Boise National Forest When: Saturday, June 13th Distance: 1-2 miles Location: Weyukiye Trail Level of Difficulty: Moderate Accepting: 20 volunteers Project Description Join us on Saturday, June 13th for this one day project in the Boise National Forest. We will be partnering again with Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association and the Boise [...]

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Backcountry Cooking

May’s tip – Keeping kids strong on hiking trips!


This Month’s tip is from Stacy Beeson, RD, LD, at St. Luke’s Health System on what foods she recommends to keep kids strong on hiking trips. Growing bodies need all six nutrients – vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats and water. Foods that help meet those needs in one package are fresh fruit like grapes, small [...]

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Hike of the Month

May’s Hike of The Month


Cow Camp Trail to Squirrel Creek Distance: 7.6 miles out-and-back Total Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 4,550 feet to 5,050 feet Topographic Map: Pollock Mountain, Indian Mountain Time: 3 hours to 4 hours Season: Late May through October Water Availability: Pony creek, Squirrel creek, and several side streams Cautionary Advice: The total [...]

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