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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

  • 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)

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    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)

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      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

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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 Friday and Saturday, August 5 and [...]


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  • Ants Basin Trail Work Vacation (Full)

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    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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Backcountry Cooking

June’s tip

In the wild chef

This Month’s tips are from Steve Weston the In The Wild Chef. Spices can be crucial to boosting the appeal of backcountry food. Consider bringing your own spice kit which could include pepper, garlic powder or salt, basil, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, cumin, crushed red pepper, cinnamon or whatever you enjoy from your home kitchen. [...]


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Hike of the Month

June’s Hike of The Month

Hiker on the Mores Mountain extension. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.

Mores Mountain Ridge Trail Distance: 3.2 miles out-and-back Total Elevation Gain: 400 feet Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 6,300 feet to 6,700 feet Topographic Map: Shafer Butte Time: 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes Season: June through October Water Availability: None Cautionary Advice: None Information: Boise National Forest, Mountain Home Ranger District (208) 587-7961 Restroom: [...]


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