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National Trails Day Summary

National Trails Day 2015 was a success from the start.  Volunteers met at the BLM field Office in Boise and carpooled to the Perjue Canyon Trailhead in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness.  REI supplied sandwiches, chips and drinks while volunteers provided homemade cookies for the return trip.  15 volunteers made the trip with BLM Recreation [...]

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Upcoming Events & Projects

Roman Nose Trail Work Party

Photo Courtesy of ICL

Project Idaho Trails Association summer cleanup project on the Roman Nose Trail.  Date and time:  Saturday, July 11th 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 Saturday, July 11th on [...]

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2015 Alice-Toxaway Trail Work Vacation


  Where: Sawtooth National Recreation Area When: Sunday-Saturday, July 19th-25th. Distance: 22 miles Elevation: 7,000′-9,280′ range Location: Tin Cup Trailhead Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Accepting: 10 volunteers Project Description Alice-Toxaway July, 19th-25th Spend seven days in the beautiful Sawtooth Wilderness working on the Alice-Toxaway trail nestled amongst the 10,000 foot peaks of the [...]

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July 25/26, 2015 Hum Lake Trail Work Party

Hum lake sumit

Projects details: July 25/26, 2015 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 25th.  We will hike up to [...]

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Backcountry Cooking

July’s tip

In the wild chef

This Month’s tip is  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

July’s Hike of the Month

Skein lake

Skein & Raft Lakes Distance: 2.8 miles out-and-back Total Elevation Gain: 800 feet Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 6,250 feet to 7,000 feet Topographic Map: Alpha Time: 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes Season: Late June through October Water Availability: Skein Lake & Raft Lake Cautionary Advice: Willow Creek Trail (FR 438) is very trenched [...]

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