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Hum Lake trail work party debrief

On July 2nd, 2016 ten volunteers donated 80 hours of volunteer time to clear the Hum Lake trail on the Krassel Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. We were met with clear blue skies, temperatures in the 60s and an empty Trailhead.  We started off with introductions and a safety meeting to discuss the day’s [...]

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Upcoming Events & Projects

  • Bee Top Connector Trail – Trail Work Party

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    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 Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26th and 27th on [...]

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  • Ants Basin Trail Work Vacation (Full)


    Project Description Ants Basin, August 7th-13th Ants Basin.  Seven days in the White Clouds Wilderness! We will hike into the base camp in the upper meadows of Warm Springs Creek on Sunday August 7th.  This project is focusing on the trails in Ants Basin/Born Lakes and Warm Springs Creek.  We will be camping at the [...]

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  • Little Wood River Trail Work Vacation

    Photo courtesy of Karen Bossick

     Little Wood River August, 21st- 27th Project Description: Week-long trail work party in the Little Wood River drainage!  The Pioneers Alliance is funding this seven-day work project, which will be held Aug. 21-27.  Participants will hike into the Little Wood Outfitters’ base camp at Grays Creek from the Mormon Hill trailhead on Sunday, Aug. 21. Little [...]

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  • Marble Creek Trail Work Vacation (Full, wait list available)

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    Marble Creek, August, 28th- Sept. 3rd Project Description: Marble Creek is in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Spend a week in one of the remotest places in the lower 48.  ITA is partnering with the Selway Bitterroot/Frank Church Foundation to clear 13 miles of Marble Creek off the Middle Fork of the Salmon [...]

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  • Roman Nose Trail Work Party

    Photo Courtesy of ICL

    Project Idaho Trails Association summer cleanup project on the Roman Nose Trail.  Date and time:  Friday, September 9th we will meet in Sandpoint at 7:30 am and then carpool to the trailhead. We should be done by 5:00 pm. Description: The Idaho Trails Association is looking for volunteers to help do maintenance work on Friday, September 9th on [...]

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  • Trail Creek Summit Trail Work Party


    Summit Creek at Trail Creek Summit Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd We will be camping(Park Creek Campground) at the trailhead at Summit Creek for a two day work party to improve the first three miles of Summit Creek.  We will be logging out and reestablishing trail tread to its original location in several [...]

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Backcountry Cooking

July’s tip

In the wild chef

This Month’s tips are from Steve Weston the In The Wild Chef. How to make Roasted Poblano Jalapeno Soup!

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Hike of the Month

July’s Hike of The Month

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Deep Lake Distance: 1.8 miles out-and-back Total elevation gain: 550 feet Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 6,800 feet to 7,350 feet Topographic Map: Victor Peak Time: 1 hour Season: Late June through October Water Availability: Deep Lake Cautionary Advice: Trail travels through extensive burn area. Use caution in windy conditions and be prepared for sun exposure. [...]

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