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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 did other “spring cleaning” chores.

The English Point trail system includes easy loops through forest terrain on the west side of Hayden Lake. The ITA volunteers maintained about 2 ½ miles of this popular trail, making it more enjoyable for the hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders who come here.

The Forest Service had a crew go in ahead of our ITA volunteers to cut out the many large trees that had come down early last winter in a big storm. Our volunteers were then able to use hand tools to complete the re-opening of the trail. Our work was completed in one day with no injuries or other issues.

We recommend having fun and exploring the English Point trail system!

We have lots of great other trail work parties and vacations coming up this year and we hope join us for one or all of them! Sign up here: ITA Work Projects

 

Thank you to our Sponsors and partners!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Alice-Toxaway Trail Work Vacation (Full, wait List available)

 
  • 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, to be put on a wait list please email intern@idahotrailsassociation.org.

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 (Full)

Project Descriptionidahomagic-61

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 (Full, wait list available)

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 (Full, wait List Available)

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, to be put on a wait list please email intern@idahotrailsassociation.org.

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us & we  hope you will sign up for one of our other great projects! 

National Trails Day – Owhyee Trail Work Party (Full)

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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! 

 

Celebrate 50 Years – Idaho Outdoor Recreation Festival

Saturday, August 22, 2015

You don’t want to miss this event. A fun-filled day the entire family will enjoy with activities and instruction for every outdoor enthusiast regardless of age. Join the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Friends of Idaho State Parks and our partners in celebrating the bounty of recreation we have in Idaho with

  • Educational Seminars
  • Demonstrations
  • Vendors
  • Kids Activities

In addition to safe paddling, Kids First Cast, fishing, Disc Golf ,ATV safety instruction, educational seminars have been planned throughout the day on a wide range of topics, geared at helping you plan your next Idaho adventure.

Plus Enter to win a two-night stay at an Idaho City Backcountry Yurt!!!!!

Entrance into Idaho’s State Parks is free with your Idaho State Parks Passport. If you don’t have a Passport, coupons for free park entrance for this event are available at all Treasure Valley Zamzow locations!

10:00-10:45 am Cold Water Emersion
  • It takes only minutes for cold water to become fatal. Learn how to protect yourself.
11:00-12:45 am Idaho City Yurts
  • Leo Hennessy, Idaho’s Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator will talk about the six Idaho City back-country yurt and associated 60 miles of trails.  He will discuss both winter and summer opportunities at the yurts and how to make a yurt reservation
12:00-12:45 pm Idaho’s Online Source for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail Maps
  • Did you know that Idaho has an online resource where you can download current OHV trail maps for riding areas? Lean more.
1:00-1:45 pm Join a club
  • Clubs are great ways to meet others that enjoy recreating in the same ways that you do. Learn about motorized and non-motorized recreation clubs throughout Idaho.
2:00-2:45 pm Life jacket Safety
  • Wear it, Idaho! Learn how to select the right jacket for conditions and recreation type.
3:00-3:45 pm Hiking and backing in Idaho
  • Matt Clark of the Idaho Trail Association will present some of his favorite areas in Idaho to backpack  and give you tips on the proper equipment you will need to enjoy the sport.  He will also talk about volunteer trail maintenance opportunities the Idaho Trail Association has organized. In addition, take notes and enjoy a backpacking cooking demonstration from Steve Weston, Author of In the Wild Chef!
4:00-4:45 pm Recreation in Idaho
  • Hear from members of the Idaho Recreation Council (IRC).
5:00-5:45 pm The Idaho Trail Ranger and Trail Cat Program
  •  Have you ever wondered who keeps motorized trails open and accessible? Idaho Trail Rangers do. This is just one way the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) puts your OHV registration money to work for you. Learn about the program and how these efforts benefit recreation in Idaho.

Participating organizations include:

US Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho Conservation Voters, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Mix 106, Idaho STAR Motorcycle training, Idaho Scenic Images, Treasure Valley YMCA, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Lacrosse Association, Idaho Transportation Department, Backcountry Pursuit, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Magazine, Airstream Adventures Northwest, National Park Service, Silver Sage Girl Scouts, Idaho RV Campground Owners Association, Idaho Trails Assocaition, Zamzows, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Mosaic World Crepes, Kanak Attack, Bang on the Wall Burgers, Grant’s Neighborhood Grill, Friends of Idaho State Parks

Meet Scout the fox and tour the Idaho State Parks 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airstream Trailer!

Photo and article courtesy of the Idaho States Park and Recreation.

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 NTD4Perjue 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 Staff David Draheim and ITA Executive Director Jeff Halligan leading the project.  It was a 3 mile hike to the project site of brushing, logging out and tread work along the canyon bottom thick with Aspen, Alder and grasses.  There was about 300 feet of trail tread reconstruction/improvement and about ¾ of a mile of brushing and logging out.  The volunteers were treated with the presence of 2 young energetic volunteers whose positive energy and enthusiasm was enjoyed by all!  Thank you Kylie and Hunter!  We hope to see you on more ITA trips!  The hike back up to the trailhead was a real eye opener, as you climbed out of the lush canyon you were met with the heat of the Owyhee Desert afternoon.  It was amazing how the deep lush canyons can hold the cool for so long in the day!  It was a great day to be in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness!

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Photos Courtesy of our Board Member Diana Burrell