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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

July 25/26, 2015 Hum Lake Trail Work Party

Projects details:

July 25/26, 2015 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 25th.  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.

Project leaders: Jeff Halligan with the ITA

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! If you would like to be put on a wait list for this trip please email info@idahotrailsassociation.org

 

July 4th 2015 Hum Lake Trail Work Party

Projects details:

July 4, 2015 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 4th.  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 from 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.

Project leaders: Jeff Halligan with the ITA

July 4th 2015 Hum Lake 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.
    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.

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 9:00 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 9:00 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: Sunday-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!