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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

2015 Livingston Mill/Castle Divide Trail Work Vacation


Where: Sawtooth National Forest When: Saturday – Saturday, August 9th-15th Location: Livingston Mill/ Castle Divide Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Accepting: 10 volunteers   Project Description Livingston Mill-Chamberlain Lakes, August 9th-15th Seven days in the Boulder White Clouds!  We are hiking in on Sunday August 9th from the 4th of July Trailhead to our camp at [...]

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2015 National Public Lands Day – Trail Work Party


Boise Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Trails Association, and REI invite you to join us for some camping, projects, and activities for this year’s National Public Lands Day out in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness. Date: September 25-26, 2015.    Join us the evening (after work) of the 25th to campout or the morning of September 26. [...]

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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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