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May’s Hike of The Month

Crooked River Trail

ITA Volunteers show off the new trailhead kiosk they build in  2011.

ITA Volunteers show off the new trailhead kiosk they build in
2011.

  • 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 (208) 392-6681
  • Restroom: No. One is available at the Edna Creek
  • Campground at the intersection of Hwy. 21 and FR 384.
  • Coordinates: Trailhead: 43d 57’ 31” N 115d 36’ 33” W

This hike is posted by the suggested month to go on from Scott Marchant’s 2016 Idaho Wilderness Calender.  This is just a general guideline however as many of the hikes can be utilized outside of the specific month.

The hike is from Hiking Idaho’s guide book author Scott Marchant and from his book The Hiker’s Guide to Greater Boise.

Crooked River

If beautiful rock outcroppings, tranquil views, dark forest, wildflowers and a boulder-lined river is your reality check, look no further than the Crooked River. Until 2009, before a bridge was constructed, hikers had to ford the river about a mile into the hike. This ford was dangerous until midsummer, and by this time many hikers bypassed this jewel for the high country. The new bridge has given hikers early season access to many miles of the Crooked River.

There are a multitude of fine destinations along the river’s banks. Car-sized boulders create a number of crystal-clear swimming holes and fine perches to bask in the sun. The further you venture down the river, the more frequent you encounter white, sandy beaches. Along much of the route, you will find
towering rock formations and dark gray canyon walls contrasting with the translucent water and green forest. Most hikers and anglers stop within the first two miles; those who venture further will find solitude. Fishing is excellent for cutthroat, brook, rainbow and even the endangered brook trout. Backpackers will find many fabulous settings to pitch a tent, especially at 3.7 and 5.3 miles. The first few miles of trail are generally flat and travel through lodgepole pine forest. The lower sections cross many ridges which add to the elevation gain. Tree cover is mainly Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine. As you venture further south, the canyon walls are occasionally marred with gray snags from fires in the 1990’s. Don’t hesitate though; this is rugged, lonely and inspiring country

Trailhead Directions

From Idaho City, drive north on Hwy. 21 for 17.5 miles and turn right onto FR 384. Drive 1.1 miles on the dirt road, passing the Edna Creek
Campground, and look to your right for the signed trailhead. Parking is available along the road in several pullouts. Excellent camping is available at the Edna Creek Campground (nine sites) or further up FR 384 where you will find several dispersed sites next to the Crooked River.

The Hike

The hike starts on the west side of the river in dense forest. At 0.4 mile, you reach a signed junction with the Lamar Creek Trail. Continue straight and cross Lamar Creek where an overused campsite is found. Hillside granite formations add to the trail’s allure at 1.0 mile. At 1.3 miles, cross the new bridge to the east side of the river. The bridge crossing is a great destination and turnaround spot for those with young children or who are out for a shorter hike.

Beyond the bridge, the canyon narrows and can be magical if you can hike here when the morning sun creeps over the high ridge. Continue south and reach a 15 foot white sandy beach at 2.0 miles. The route continues south along the riverbank. You soon pass a few sections of burned forest and arrive at a flat area with another sandy beach at 3.7 miles. This is a good choice for overnighters and a great turnaround spot for a 7.4 mile hike. Beyond this point, the route is more rugged and the up-and-down fluctuations of the trail increases its difficulty.

The trail rises again through partially burned forest. The canyon walls are steeper here and the views up and down river are certainly memorable. Continue south on the narrow trail and at 4.5 miles pass above a sharp bend in the river which is bordered on both sides by white sandy beaches. Continue over another ridge, gaining 150 feet, and drop to Sunset Creek (the creek meets with the Crooked River from the west side of the river) at 5.3 miles. Ponderosa pines and a wide creek bank make this a fine destination for a backpack trip. Beyond this point, the trail continues on to FS Road 327, but lack of maintenance makes it difficult to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

Idaho Gives! Will You? May 5th

Hello friends and supporters of the Idaho Trails Association,

Idaho Gives is now only days away! May 5th will mark the statewide online giving day in Idaho. The Idaho Trails Association is participating again this year and is seeking your support! We’re raising funds to help purchase trail maintenance tools, provide food for our volunteer crews, and support the general mission of ITA to promote the continued enjoyment of Idaho’s hiking trails.

We’d greatly appreciate your support in sharing our Idaho Gives page (link below) to your friends, family, and colleagues to help us meet our goal.

https://idahogives.razoo.com/story/Idaho-Trails-Association?referral_code=share

Thank you so much for your Support!

 

Alice-Toxaway Trail Work Vacation

 
  • 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 gear will be packed into a base camp by Mule train.  We will meet at the Tin Cup Trailhead at Pettit Lake on Sunday July 17th to hike into camp at Toxaway Lake.  We will hike in on Sunday July 17 to our base camp at Toxaway Lake.  Monday we will start working on the trails around Toxaway Lake and to the trailhead at Tin Cup.  We will teach you how to clean waterbars, how to cut logs from the trail with Crosscut saws, cut brush back and how to rebuild trail tread. We will also be working on removing rocks and repairing rocky sections of the trail and creek crossings.  Meals will be provided and cooked by ITA Chefs. 

Maximum number of volunteers 8.

This is one of the most scenic trail projects in the nation, sign up early as only eight spaces are available!

Please review our Volunteer Manual. If you have any questions please email them to info@idahotrailsassociation.org.

Sign Up

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in participating on this project.

Because this is a week long supported project, ITA requires a $50 per person refundable deposit to secure your spot. This will help us ensure that everyone who registers is well-intentioned and we will not have to bear the costs of last-minute cancellations. By submitting this registration, you agree to donate the deposit if you cancel with less than 2 weeks notice.

After completing the sign-up information on this page,  you will be redirected to a secure site to make your deposit with PayPal or Credit Card. An ITA representative will get back to you with more information.

This Trail Work Vacation is full.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us & we  hope you will sign up for one of our other great projects! 

Ants Basin Trail Work Vacation

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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 upper meadows in Warm Springs Creek and doing day hikes to improve the trails in the area.  Meals are provided and cooked by ITA volunteer chefs.  This project is currently full.

If you have questions please contact info@idahotrailsassociation.org.

This Trail Work Vacation is full.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us & we  hope you will sign up for one of our other great projects!

Photos Courtesy of Peter Lovera.

 

Hum Lake Trail Work Party – July 2nd

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 Hum Lake junction and start clearing the trail to Hum Lake with crosscut saws.  Our goal is to make it the 2 miles over the pass and down to Hum Lake.  This is a strenuous hike at high elevation, but well worth the effort!  Snacks and drinks will be provided at the end of the work day, but be sure to bring a daypack, jacket, gloves and your lunch and water!

Let’s have fun and be safe.  This project is difficult physically as we will be at higher elevation and climbing over a high pass in the time we will be working (9am-3pm) and the hiking distance (6 miles round trip) involved.

Volunteers needed: 10 volunteers. If your plans change and you cannot make it. Please notify us & attempt to fill the project with another volunteer.

When/Where: We will meet at the Duck Lake Trailhead at Lick Creek Summit at 9am.  We will have our safety meeting, sign in and then head up the trail.  We should be back to the trailhead by 4pm.

 What to bring: All volunteers should bring their own small pack with lunch, snacks, sunscreen, and water.  Volunteers should have hiking boots, leather work gloves, and eye protection (sunglasses or safety glasses).  ITA will provide the crosscut saws for the project.

2016 Hum Lake Trail work Party - July 2nd

  • For larger party sizes please call the ITA office.
  • Participants less than 18 years of age must be registered by their parent or guardian. Anyone under the age of 16 must also be accompanied by an adult. Any participant under the age of 18 must bring with them a signed copy of our Parental Consent Form.
    Please enter a brief description in the box below of convenient meeting point near you. If you select an option to carpool. We will need to share your email with other volunteers to coordinate carpooling. By selecting this option you approve us sharing your email for this purpose only.
    When you arrive at a ITA work party you will be asked to read and sign our liability release form. Please read it ahead of time. You must check the box above before hitting the join button below.

 

English Point Trail Work Party

Project: Idaho Trails Association spring cleanup project on English Point trail near Hayden Lake.

Date and time: Friday, April 29th starting at 8:00 am, ending by 4:00 pm.

Where: We will meet at 8:00 am at the trailhead on English Point Road just off of East Lancaster Road. Volunteers can show up any time during the day.

Description: The Idaho Trails Association is looking for volunteers to help do maintenance work on Friday, April, 29th on the English Point Trail #80 in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest . We will be cleaning out water bars, cutting back brush, cleaning mud off bridges, and doing other “spring cleaning” chores.

The English Point trail system includes easy loops thru forest terrain on the west side of Hayden Lake. The Idaho Trails Association will be doing the maintenance work to help make this popular trail more enjoyable for the hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders who come here.

Volunteers will use hand tools provided by the Association to do light work. Everyone should bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, lunch, and water.We will meet at 8:00 am at the trailhead on English Point Road about 3.7 miles east of US 95 on East Lancaster Road.

Please sign up here:

2016 English Point Trail work party

  • For larger party sizes please call the ITA office.
  • Participants less than 18 years of age must be registered by their parent or guardian. Anyone under the age of 16 must also be accompanied by an adult. Any participant under the age of 18 must bring with them a signed copy of our Parental Consent Form.
    When you arrive at a ITA work party you will be asked to read and sign our liability release form. Please read it ahead of time. You must check the box above before hitting the join button below.

Hum Lake Trail Work Party – July 16th-17th

Projects details:

Packing into Hum Lake

Packing into Hum Lake 2015

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 Hum Lake and drop off our packs and start clearing the trail to the North Fork of Lick Creek.  Our goal is to start rebuilding the switchbacks and trail tread above Hum Lake.  This is a strenuous hike at high elevation, but well worth the effort!

Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch will be provided by ITA.  Dinner will be prepared by “The Wild Chef” Steve Weston!

Let’s have fun and be safe.  This project is difficult physically as we will be at higher elevation and climbing over a high pass to get to Hum Lake. The return trip goes back over the pass and down to the trailhead. The distance hiking as about 6 miles round trip, plus the hiking around the project.

Volunteers needed: 10 volunteers. If your plans change and you cannot make it. Please notify us & attempt to fill the project with another volunteer.

When/Where: We will meet at the Duck Lake Trailhead at Lick Creek Summit at 9am.  We will have our safety meeting, sign in and then head up the trail.  We should be back to the trailhead Sunday afternoon by 4pm.

 What to bring: All volunteers should bring their own camp gear for overnight, large backpack, Saturday’s lunch, snacks, sunscreen, and water.  Volunteers should have hiking boots, leather work gloves, and eye protection (sunglasses or safety glasses).  ITA will provide the tools. For more details please see our Volunteer Manual.

Project leaders: ITA Trail Crew Specialist

This Trail Work Vacation is full.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us & we  hope you will sign up for one of our other great projects! 

Volunteer Appreciation Party!

“The Crew” National Trails Day, Photo Credit – Sally Ferguson

Join us on Saturday May 14th, 2016, to say thanks to all of our amazing Volunteers, Members, Land Managers and Sponsors who work so hard to make the Idaho Trails Association a success!

Where: Older Timer’s Shelter at Ann Morrison park in Boise, Idaho!

When: Saturday, May 14th from 5:00 to 8:30!

We will have food from In the Wild Chef and beer from Payette Brewing Company. We will give a debrief on last year’s accomplishments and a review of all the exciting projects and new things going on this year!

We have great raffle prizes ranging from a half day raft trip on the Payette river from Cascade Raft & Kayak, a starter climbing pass for two from Urban Ascent, REI backpacks, prizes from Cascade River Gear, Shu’s Idaho Running company, Proof Eyewear, BackCountry Pursuit, The Boise Co-Op, and many more great prizes. All proceeds will go to help us maintain Idaho’s hiking trails!

Come and see old friends and meet new ones!  You don’t need to have participated in a work party in the past, just come and enjoy the camaraderie!

For more details on how to get to the Old Timer’s Shelter please click on the link to the city of Boise’s website: Old Timer’s Shelter

National Trails Day – Owhyee Trail Work Party

Saturday, June 4thNTD13

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 trail in the Owyhee Canyonlands.  BLM and ITA have built this trail over the past several years (2013-now).  Last year we did some serious brush work and in 2016 we will work on the tread of the trail.  We will leap frog our way the entire trail and BLM will have shuttle vehicles to drive volunteers back to vehicles at main trailhead. Let’s have fun and be safe.

Volunteers needed: 20 volunteers would be perfect.  Youth seem to do fine as the trail is flat. If your plans change and you cannot make it. Please notify us & attempt to fill the project with another volunteer.

When/Where:  Volunteers from the Boise area should meet Saturday, June 4th at 7am at the Boise District BLM parking lot (3948 S. Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705) for carpooling (GPS coordinates: 43* 33’57.662”N; 116*12’23.394”W).  The road to work project includes 6 miles of graded gravel road.  Volunteers coming from outside Boise can meet up at the Poison Creek Recreation Site (GPS coordinates: 42*45’27.054”; 116*12’23.394”W), about 15 miles southwest of Grandview along the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway (aka Mud Flat Road), at 8:30am.  We will return to Boise BLM about 5pm.

What to bring: All volunteers should bring their own small pack with snacks, sunscreen, and water.  We will pack a lunch (provided by Boise REI & ITA) at beginning of day to eat along the trail.  Volunteers should have hiking boots, leather work gloves, and eye protection (sunglasses or safety glasses).  Bring trail tools if you have them; otherwise BLM and ITA will supply tools.  The best tools for this trail work are a strong back, folding hand saws, heavy duty pruners, Pulaski’s and McCleod’s.

Project leaders: ITA & Dave Draheim  with the Boise BLM

This Trail Work Vacation is full.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us & we  hope you will sign up for one of our other great projects! 

 

Hiking the Idaho Centennial Trail with Clay Jacobson

Event Description:

After hiking the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, Clay Jacobson set out to bring thru-hiking home to Idaho. He set out in 2015, hiking the 1000 mile Idaho Centennial Trail in its entirety. In an effort to raise trail awareness by spreading information about the trail and stories from his adventure, he will be sharing route info, resupply strategies, trail towns and the highs and lows of hiking the ICT. Take part in the discussion as we address how to tackle issues of stewardship, trail maintenance, and the future of the trail. Join us in celebrating Idaho’s great long distance hike, the Idaho Centennial Trail.

More details at: http://www.comlib.org/event/hiking-the-idaho-centennial-trail-with-clay-jacobson/

When: 6:00PM,Wednesday, March 23, 2016 
Where: The Ketchum Community Library
Address:415 Spruce Ave, Ketchum, Idaho 83340