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Idaho Youth Wilderness Initiative

We are collaborating with IYWI another Idaho nonprofit organization to get youth outdoors and experience nature!IYWI logo

IYWI will create opportunities for Idaho’s youth to experience overnight wilderness adventures provided by trained and equipped adult youth leaders.

The mission of IYWI is to create opportunities for Idaho youth to experience overnight wilderness adventures by breaking down barriers to access. In doing so, the organization will provide comprehensive, hands-on training for adult youth leaders wilderness both confidently and competently. There first Outdoor Leadership training is June 26th-28th. Limited spots are available, so please hurry and register! http://idahoyouthwildernessinitiative.org/

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Restoration of Jenny Lake Trails Continues in 2015 – Guest Blog

The following is a guest blog from Teton hiking trails.

Restoration of Jenny Lake Trails Continues in 2015

The Spring 1939 issue of Grand Teton Nature Notes pronounced that “By far the most popular trail in the park is the lower portion of the Cascade Canyon Trail which leaves Jenny Lake and climbs above Hidden Falls.” More than 75 years later that statement still holds true. As a result of overuse through the years the park, in conjunction with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, launched a multi-year project in the spring of 2014 to improve the area surrounding Jenny Lake.Jenny-Lake-project-Photo-Credit-GTNP-Foundation

Inspiring Journeys: A Campaign for Jenny Lake is a $17 million public-private collaboration that will transform Jenny Lake’s trails, bridges, key destinations, and visitor complex. These much needed upgrades will improve the experience of hikers headed to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point and Cascade Canyon, as well as the Jenny Lake Loop Trail. In addition to celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this extensive five-year project “will create an inviting trail system and captivating experience for the 21st century visitor”.

With more than one million visitors now exploring the Jenny Lake area each year, the aging trail system and supporting infrastructure has struggled to provide visitors with an optimal experience. Once completed, however, this ambitious project will result in wide-ranging changes to Jenny Lake’s infrastructure, including the addition of new restrooms, construction of accessible trails, improved visitor orientation and interpretation, rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems, as well as enhancements to improve visitor circulation.

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Most importantly, however, Inspiring Journeys will focus on the revitalization of trails in the Jenny Lake area. This much needed work will include restoration of trail treads, reroutes to avoid sensitive areas, reclamation of habitat in certain areas that were overrun in the past, removal of fencing, and the construction of bridges. Overall, stewards of the park seek to provide a safer and more inspiring experience for all hikers.

In addition to rehabilitation of Jenny Lake’s backcountry trail network, park visitors can also expect to see improvements to the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point viewing areas, as well as rehabilitation of the west boat dock area.

Work on the backcountry trail system from the west shore of Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point will continue during the summer of 2015. Detour routes will be well marked for hikers wishing to visit Hidden Falls and points beyond during the 2015 hiking season.

The hike along the Cascade Canyon Trail is regularly touted as one of the top hikes in America. The hike includes a boat ride across Jenny Lake, as well as visits to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point, and Cascade Canyon itself. The views of Mt. Owen looming more than a mile above the canyon are absolutely outstanding. Fortunately the Jenny Lake project will allow visitors to continue enjoying the stunning beauty of this area for generations to come.

For more information on the Inspiring Journeys project, please visit the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

MicKinnick Trail Work Party

Project: Idaho Trails Association spring cleanup project on Mickinnick Trail near Sandpoint, Idahomickinnick-trail-idaho-panhandle-national-forest-l

Date and time: Saturday, June 20 starting at 8:00 am, ending by 4:00 pm. Volunteers can show up any time during the day.

Description: The Idaho Trails Association is looking for volunteers to help do maintenance work on Saturday, June 20 on the Mickinnick Trail in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. We will be cleaning out water bars, cutting back brush, and doing other “spring cleaning” chores.

The Mickinnick Trail climbs the hillside just south of the Schweitzer Ski Area road near Sandpoint. The trail gains about 2,200’ in 3.5 miles to its end at a scenic overlook. The Idaho Trails Association will be doing the maintenance work to help make this very popular trail more enjoyable for the hikers 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 on Saturday, June 20 at the trailhead parking area on Woodland Drive just south of the Schweitzer Mountain Road.

Volunteers do not need to sign up ahead of time. If you would like additional information before June 20, please contact the leader via email or phone as listed below.

Volunteers do not need to sign up ahead of time but are encouraged to sign up before hand. If you would like additional information before May 30th, please contact the Project leader: Tom Dabrowski at www.tomdabrowski@yahoo.com or call 208-263-6854

Photo courtesy of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest

If you do not sign up before the ITA work party you will be asked to read and sign our liability release form when you arrive please read it ahead of time. Participants under 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 sign up here:

2015 Mickinnick Trail 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.

 

Eckles Creek Trail Work Party Debrief

Our second trail work party of 2015 was another great success. We had 15 Rock star volunteers come help maintain trail in the Hell’s Canyon National Recreation area.  We partnered with the Payette National Forest Service to work on trail #223 Eckles Creek trail in Hell’s Canyon.

We did some heavy trail pad repair and restoration and major pruning. We installed one new water bar and cleared out 3 existing water bars. The total mileage we maintained to standard was 1.37 miles. The Payette Forest Service was very pleased to have eager volunteers to help them maintain this trail and they were very happy with the quality of trail maintenance that are amazing volunteers performed. After all the work was done we all relaxed and enjoyed an AMAZING dinner, raffle, camaraderie, and campfire! Thank you to all our volunteers and our partners for making this a success! Nice work!

 

We highly recommend exploring Hells’ Canyon and the Eckles Creek Trail. Hell’s Canyon is the deepest canyon in North America and Eckles creek trail is a very diverse and a unique trail worth exploring!  The drive to the trail is approximately 140 miles and 2.5 hours one way from Boise.

Driving directions: 1) From Boise, drive West on I-84 to Exit 3, which is the Hwy. 95/Fruitland Exit.  About 41 miles from Boise/Meridian. 2)  Go North (Right) on Hwy. 95, through Fruitland, Payette, Weiser, and Midvale, to Cambridge—about 48 miles. 3) At Cambridge, turn West (Left) onto Hwy. 71.  This is the Chevron Statin Canyon Corner (makes a good potty break). 4) Go West and then North on Hwy 71 to Brownlee Dam, cross over into Oregon below Brownlee Dam, about 29 miles. 5)  Once on the Oregon side of the Snake River, continue north for about 11 miles to the Copperfield Campground Road Junction which is just about 1/2 mile below/down river from the Oxbow Dam. Turn Right at this junction and continue past Copperfield Campground and cross the Snake River back onto the Idaho side of the Snake River. 6) Once on the Idaho side, continue north for about 6 miles and Hells Canyon Campground will be on the West side of the road.  Continue north approximately 6-7 miles down river from Hells Canyon Campground to Eckles Creek Trail Head.

Our next trail work party is on National Trail Day June 6th. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up here: National Trails Day – Trail Work party. This work party is almost full, so please don’t hesitate to sign up. The spots are going fast! We hope to see you there!

2015 National Trails Day – Trail Work Party

Saturday, June 6th

Projects details:

This 2015 National Trails Day will be the fifth annual Idaho Trails Association, Boise REI, and Boise BLM work project in the scenic Owyhee Canyonlands.

Work details:  Purjue Canyon Trail is a 6 mile hiking trail along the East Fork of Shoofly Creek (Perjue Canyon) in Little Jacks Creek Wilderness.  We will maintain about a mile of trail which will be about a 3 mile hike each way to access.

Let’s have fun and be safe.  This year’s project is more difficult physically than past years projects due to the length of time we will be working (9am-3pm) and the hiking distance (6 miles) involved.

Volunteers needed: 15 volunteers. 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 6th 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, and McCleod’s.

Project leaders: Jeff Halligan with the ITA & Dave Draheim  with the Boise BLM

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

 

2015 Alice-Toxaway Trail Work Vacation

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  • Where: Sawtooth National Recreation Area
  • When: Saturday-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 Sawtooth Range.  Your gear will be packed into a base camp by Mule train and meals will be catered by professional guides.  We will meet at the Tin Cup Trailhead at Pettit Lake on Sunday July 19th to hike into camp at Toxaway Lake.  We will spend the next five days clearing the trails to Edith, Twin and Alice lakes before return to the Trailhead on Saturday the 25th.  This is one of the most scenic trail projects in the nation, sign up early as only ten spaces are available!

Sign Up

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in participating on this project. Because this is an week long supported project, ITA requires a $50 per person refundable deposit to secure your spot. After completing the sign-up information on this page, you will be redirected in order to make your deposit. An ITA representative will get back to you with more information.

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!

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 Chamberlain Lakes.  This is a strenuous hike, nearly 10 miles with some pretty high elevations.  Your gear will be packed in by mule train to camp and we will spend the next five days working on the Livingston Mill, Chamberlain Lakes trails nestled at the base of Castle Peak.  Meals will be provided by professional guides.  We will hike back to civilization on Saturday the 15th.  This is an amazing opportunity to spend a week working in one of America’s special places.  Sign up early as only 10 spaces are available!

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!

 

Fuel up for the trail…..

I am going to re-hash the old weight versus taste argument. Do you take whole food or dehydrated? Believe it or not, your body has the answers! Many Rock Climbers will lean towards the freeze dried due to weight and a Backpacker tends to go with the more whole food option

Calories are literally energy, and that’s all they are. A calorie isn’t a vitamin, it’s not a mineral, and it has no nutritional content.steve

Below is a guide to how many calories you are burning on your trail excursion based on your weight and weight carried.

 

 

 

 

 

So if I sound bias it’s because I wrote a cookbook (In The wild Chef) that addresses the issue of what food we could bring backpacking. On my journey as a backcountry chef I have met some really great people and one of those folks is Christine Conners, the co-author of “LipSmackin Backpackin”. Christine and her Husband Tim have complied a book on cooking, then dehydrating gourmet food for the trail.

One difference between the two books is I propose that many ingredients around your house can go out with you and freeze it in a one gallon freezer bag and simply thaw it at your destination. Additionally using dehydrated components from the bulk area of your grocery store.

http://www.amazon.com/In-The-Wild-Chef-Recipes/dp/1927458277/ref=zg_bs_4247_89

http://lipsmackincampin.com/Lipsmackin’%20Backpackin’.html

Freeze dried food has not enjoyed a great reputation in the past for “fueling” you up on the trail. It boils down (pardon the pun) to calories units, a calorie is the unit of energy used when talking about food.

In the past I was not a proponent of freeze dried or dehydrated food for many reasons, I have changed my mind. I have found that there are a few acceptable freeze dried food options which includes dehydrating your own food. I am advocate of any freeze dried application if it is lacking the chemical we don’t want and have good amounts of calories.

I personally add some extra fresh ingredients to Alpine Aire Foods meals, they are incredible, organic and void of the chemicals. I recently learned of a high end chef turned dehydrated food manufacturer, Good to Go out of Kittery Maine. Another fairly good alternative is Mary Jane Farms Organic Backcountry food.

http://www.alpineaire.com/

http://goodto-go.com/

http://shop.maryjanesfarm.org/Food

­­­­­Eat Well Outdoors!

Steve Weston- In The Wild Chef

 

English Point Trail Work Party

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

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Date and time: Saturday, May 30th 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 Saturday, May 30th 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 East Lancaster Road.

Volunteers do not need to sign up ahead of time but are encouraged to sign up before hand. If you would like additional information before May 30th, please contact the Project leader: Tom Dabrowski at www.tomdabrowski@yahoo.com or call 208-263-6854

If you do not sign up before the ITA work party you will be asked to read and sign our liability release form when you arrive please read it ahead of time. Participants under 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 sign up here:

2015 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.

Volunteer Appreciation Party!


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Join us for our Volunteer Appreciation Party on Saturday April 18th, 2015, to say thanks to all of our amazing Volunteers, 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 April 18th from 5:00 to 8:30!

We will have food from In the Wild Chef and beer from Sockeye brewery. 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, Rideout  technology Firefly bike grips, REI backpacks, a Jansport Heritage Telluride Backpack, prizes from Cascade Outfitters, Shu’s Idaho Running company, and many more great prizes. We will have an original one of a kind Canvas print by Ed Cannady on Auction….don’t miss out on this rare opportunity! 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!