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English Point Trail Work Party Debrief

Our first trail work party of 2016 was another great success. On Friday, April 29, eight volunteers helped the Idaho Trails Association (ITA) do maintenance work on the English Point Trail #80 in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The group cleaned out water bars, cut back brush, cleaned sod off of a raised walkway, and [...]


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Upcoming Events & Projects

  • National Trails Day – Owhyee Trail Work Party (Full)

    NTD4

    Saturday, June 4th Projects details: This 2016 National Trails Day will be the sixthh annual Idaho Trails Association, Boise REI, and Boise BLM work project in the scenic Owyhee Canyonlands. Work details:   Back to Perjue Canyon Trail in Little Jacks Creek Wilderness for National Trails Day on June 4, 2016.  This is the longest Wilderness [...]


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  • Fault Lake Trail #59 – Trail Work Party

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    Project: Idaho Trails Association spring cleanup project on the Fault Lake Trail near Sandpoint, Idaho Date and time: Saturday, June 25th starting at 8:30 am, ending by 4:00 pm. Description: The Idaho Trails Association will be doing general maintenance work on Saturday, June 25th on the Fault Lake Trail, #59 in the Sandpoint District of [...]


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  • Hum Lake Trail Work Party – July 2nd (Full, wait list available)

    Duck lake

    Projects details: July 2nd, 2016 Hum Lake Trail, Payette National Forest, McCall, Idaho Work details: Join us for a day high in mountains above McCall clearing the trail between Duck and Hum Lakes.  We will meet at the Duck Lake Trailhead at Lick Creek Summit at 9am Saturday, July 2nd.  We will hike up to [...]


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  • Hum Lake Trail Work Party – July 16th-17th (Full, wait List Available)

    Descending the 800 plus feet to Hum Lake

    Projects details: July 16/17th, 2016 Hum Lake Trail, Payette National Forest, McCall, Idaho Work details: Join us for an overnight work party high in mountains above McCall clearing the trail above Hum Lake.  We will meet at the Duck Lake Trailhead at Lick Creek Summit at 9am Saturday July 16th.  We will hike up to [...]


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  • Alice-Toxaway Trail Work Vacation (Full, wait List available)

    Alice Toxaway 2012

      Where: Sawtooth National Recreation Area When: Sunday-Saturday, July 17th-23rd. Elevation: 7,000′-9,280′ range Location: Tin Cup Trailhead Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Accepting: 8 volunteers Project Description Alice-Toxaway July, 17th-23rd Spend seven days in the beautiful Sawtooth Wilderness working on the Alice-Toxaway trail nestled amongst the 10,000 foot peaks of the Sawtooth Range.  Your [...]


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  • Bee Top Connector Trail – Trail Work Party

    ICT Trail sign

    Project: Idaho Trails Association trail completion project on the new Bee Top Connector Trail near Sandpoint, Idaho Date and time: Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26th and 27th starting at 8:30 am, ending by 4:30 pm. Description: The Idaho Trails Association will be working with a US Forest Service crew on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and [...]


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Backcountry Cooking

May’s tip

In the wild chef

This Month’s tips are from Steve Weston the In The Wild Chef. Freezer bag your favorite meal, for those with discriminating tastes, cook your favorite meal at home, put a dinner-size portion in a freezer bag and freeze it. I recommend Chili or Pasta Sauce for maximum gut-filling on that first night. As you hike [...]


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Hike of the Month

May’s Hike of The Month

ITA Volunteers show off the new trailhead kiosk they build in 
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Crooked River Trail Distance: 10.6 miles out-and-back Total Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation Range: 4,800 feet to 5,050 feet Topographic Map: Bear River Time: 3 hours 30 minutes to 5 hours Season: June through mid-November Water Availability: Crooked River, several side streams Cautionary Advice: None Information: Boise National Forest, Idaho City Ranger District [...]


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