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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! 

 

Idaho Outdoor Recreation Festival

Saturday, June 18, 2016

10AM -2PM

Come join us for a fun filled Recreation festival!

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Hosted by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR), sponsored by the Friends of Idaho State Parks, the Idaho Outdoor Recreation Festival is a full day of fun, featuring recreational lessons for kids and adults, exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, youth activities, giveaways, fresh food and cold beverages.

The Idaho Outdoor Recreation Festival is a perfect opportunity to learn about and experience Idaho recreation firsthand. Whether you’re an avid adventure seeker, or new to recreation, you will find great recommendations and instruction on taking advantage of Idaho’s outdoors.

The festival goal is to host an educational and informative event with an exhibit area that will provide attendees with a wide variety of exhibits featuring local non-profits, clubs, retailers, manufacturers, guides & outfitters, attractions, and visitors’ centers.

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

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!

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!

 

2014 Project Accomplishments and Summary for the Idaho Trails Association

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ITA’sMission

Idaho Trails Association promotes the continued enjoyment of Idaho’s hiking trails.

The Idaho Trails Association (ITA) is a non-profit organization.

ITA’s Purpose:

To facilitate the active enjoyment of Idaho’s public lands and hiking trails, the Idaho Trails Association brings together citizens and develops partnerships to foster:

  • Care-taking of Idaho’s hiking trails through stewardship projects, including trail construction and maintenance.
  • Development of traditional trails maintenance skills.
  • Understanding and appreciation, through education of Idaho’s unique trail resources.
  • Preservation, protection and access to Idaho’s hiking trails through outreach and advocacy.

In 2014 Idaho Trails Association completed seven projects on the National Forest and BLM system lands in Idaho.  Our Agency sponsors were the Boise BLM-Bruneau Field Office, Payette, Boise, Sawtooth and Panhandle National Forests.  Four of these projects were within designated Wilderness, and involved both trail work and stewardship activities and three were on high use non-motorized trails.

The projects ranged from five volunteers in more remote and logistically challenging areas to fifty volunteers on the work days that were closer to large population bases.

  • Number of volunteers- 139
  • Volunteer field hours- 1,660
  • Monetary value- $36,520
  • Miles of trail cleared-40.5
  • Miles of trail reconstructed-4
  • Miles of new construction-2
  • Logs cut from trail- 125
  • Water bars cleaned- 350
  • Puncheon constructed- 18 feet
  • Bridge construction- 1 @18 feet
  • Fence Removal- 1.6 miles
  • Human Waste Removal- “Piles”                                                                                            
  • Wilderness Campsite Naturalization-11

 Project Highlights:  

 The Panhandle NF provided the Grouse Mountain Trail project where the ITA crew constructed an eighteen foot long bridge, three hundred feet of newly constructed trail for the bridge approaches, eighteen feet of puncheon and removal of four large boulders from the trail tread. This project was funded through REI and ITA fund raising activities and membership.

The Sawtooth NF, Alice-Toxaway project was a highlight of the season.  Six ITA volunteers spent five days in the Sawtooth Wilderness clearing over thirty miles of trail on one of the most popular loops in the Wilderness.  The ITA crew also worked on cleaning camps and naturalizing overused sites. This week long session was funded through a grant from the Sawtooth Society.

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The Boise BLM Bruneau Field Office has been a great partner to work with in the Owyhee Canyonlands and Wilderness areas.  They have provided early and late season opportunities for volunteers to get out and help. We have removed wire fence, decommissioned roads and built new trail along with reconstructing existing trails in amazing country is always a big draw for volunteers.  Roberson Trail in the Owyhee Wilderness has become an annual event on National Trails Day for ITA.  This project brings in large numbers of volunteers who work at multiple projects to help with the stewardship of this area.  This Owyhee project was been funded through grants from REI.

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 Roberson Trail Owyhee Wilderness          Photos courtesy of Bryan Dufosse                     

 

 The Hum Lake Trail on the Payette NF was the inaugural ITA project in 2010.  We continued to work on this trail as an overnight project working to help reopen the North Fork of Lick Creek trail.  We have added day work parties to this trail as it has become a very popular volunteer opportunity.  This project is funded by REI and the USFS and volunteer pack support from BD Recreation Consultants.

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The National Public Lands Day brought out over 50 volunteers to do stewardship work in and outside the Owyhee Wilderness.  During this project in the Owyhee Canyonlands the skills of future trail bosses were discovered.  This young man was part of a “Toddler Brigade” who helped remove baseball sized rocks from the trail tread.  He and 6 other youth were supervised by two parents who instructed the brigade in how to remove rocks without hurting or throwing them at anyone.  The brigade was a success!  It was hard to get past the group at the end of the day as everyone had to hear and see what a great job they did, and they did do a great job!

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Future Trail Boss

The Future:                                                                                                                 

The classic one day work party:  As ITA grows we are getting more requests from the agencies for single day work parties to work on trails close to population hubs.  These work parties have been funded by REI and the land management agencies, however future funding opportunities need to be pursued.

 Large volunteer projects provide challenges because of the need to ensure ITA has enough qualified crew leads to manage the volunteers are available.  Recruiting other passionate crew leaders will be important for future expansion and success.

ITA prides itself in teaching safety and completing the best quality trail work while also working towards creating supporters and stewards of our public lands. We may not knock out a project as fast as a contractor or force account crew, but the quality should be the same, and the potential of creating lifelong supporters of public lands is great.  This goal is important for future partner relationships.

 

Our Message:

ITA is a hiking, trail advocacy and stewardship group. We formed to provide the voice for hikers throughout the state.  Our role is to get work done and to develop strong stewards of the land who are informed and educated enough to provide support to land management agencies and continuing this goal is important.

ITA is proud to teach and promote traditional skills while accomplishing trail work.  We feel it is a needed and necessary way to safely engage the public into volunteer stewardship to help our public lands.  ITA promotes these traditional skills to provide the training and understanding that work can be accomplished safely and efficiently in this manner.

ITA has a goal to safely engage the public in stewardship activities, by doing this we hope to build a more accepting and supportive public who will enjoy recreating and participating in the future of our public lands.

 Our Thanks:

 To REI, Sawtooth Society, Agency Partners, volunteers, members, contributors, Board of Directors and Advisory Board for their time, energy, leadership and monetary contributions.

 

Check out all of our 2015 Work Parties here!

We have lots of great volunteer projects coming up! To sign up early for one of these projects email intern@idahotrailsassociation.org. In the email make sure to reference the project(s) you want to sign up for. After you sign-up, an ITA representative will be in touch. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the ITA!

2014 National Trails Day

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, so it was only appropriate to spend National Trails Day in the Bruneau-Jarbridge Rivers Wilderness. Last year we carried out trail work on Roberson Trail West and this year we continued that work by tackling Roberson Trail East.

Thank you volunteers!

Thank you volunteers!

This was our fourth year collaborating on a National Trails Day project with the BLM and REI Boise. With the help of our 33 volunteers, we were able to put in new trail signs, repair tread, install water bars, and fix trail switchbacks along the one mile stretch of trail with a 1,000’ change in elevation.

One of the newly installed signs for Roberson Trail East.

One of the newly installed signs for Roberson Trail East.

Heading down the trail to start working.

Heading down the trail to start working.

Looking across the canyon at last years project, Roberson Trail West.

Looking across the canyon at last years project, Roberson Trail West.

A Look Back at 2013

As 2014 has already seen a month come and gone, let’s take the chance to recognize the work that was completed in 2013 as we look forward to the 2014 season. Projects in 2013 included maintenance completed on National Trails Day and National Public Lands Day. Work was completed in the Sawtooth National Forest, Salmon-Challis National Forest, and Payette National Forest. ITA worked with the BLM and REI on National Trails Day in the Bruneau-Jarbridge Rivers Wilderness Area and on National Public Lands Day in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness. Here’s a quick recap of the seven projects completed in 2013.

June 1, 2013 — National Trails Day — Roberson Trails Project

Roberson Trail Project 2013Roberson Trails Project was completed on National Trails Day with the help of 30 volunteers, BLM, and REI in Boise as a sponsor. Trail maintenance was completed in the Bruneau-Jarbridge Rivers Wilderness Area. ITA provided 2 project leaders and the BLM provided 4 agency personnel — a great opportunity to learn about trail maintenance. New signs were constructed to make the trail more visible, along with clearing overgrown vegetation.  Seven water bars were restored to reduce erosion from water. Several switchbacks also received some needed restoration.

June 21-23, 2013 — Pioneer Cabin Trail Project

Pioneer Cabin Trail 2013The Pioneer Cabin/Osberg Ridge Project was completed in the Sawtooth National Forest. Five volunteers, along with ITA project leader Michael Beaudoin, made the trip for this project. The crew constructed 2 miles of new trail to connect Osberg Ridge and Warm Springs Ridge Trail; maintained sections of trail along 4 mile hike into the work site; reconstructed drainage on Osberg Ridge Trail in an effort to reduce soil erosion and trail meandering.

July 15-21, 2013 — Alice-Toxaway Loop Trail Project

Alice-ToxawayThe Alice-Toxaway Loop is located in the Sawtooth Wilderness. ITA volunteers worked on this week long project with guidance from the USFS and funding from REI. Josh Wheeler, project leader for the ITA, provides a great description of the project here. Overall, 22 miles of trail was maintained, including 24 logs cut and removed, and 247 water bars cleaned or installed. This project also provided the opportunity for two volunteers to bring their kids — a great experience for them!

July 18-21, 2013 — Mt. Borah Trail Project I & September 20-22, 2013 — Mt. Borah Trail Project II

Mt. Borah Project 2013The Mt. Borah Trail Project was a two part project completed in July and September. Work was completed in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. John McCarthy, the project leader for the ITA on the Mt. Borah project in July provides great commentary on the trip here. REI was a sponsor for the project. Accomplishments were a result of a total of 144 volunteer hours over the two projects. Tread reconstruction on the trails totaled 340′; 3 check steps constructed; 6 switchbacks were either constructed or reconstructed; 9500 square feet of braided trail rehabilitated; 14 waterbars cleaned; 1.4 miles of trail were rocked. Great work done by the crew on the very popular trail to the summit of Mt. Borah!

August, 16, 2013 — North Fork Lick Creek Trail Project

North Fork Lick CreekNorth Fork Lick Creek Trail Project was a 3 day project completed in the Payette National Forest. Six volunteers participated in this project. Maintenance was primarily on the Hum Lake Trail, a popular backpacking and day-hiking trail in McCall. Accomplishments include 2 miles of trails cleared; 26 logs cut and removed; 12 water bars cleaned or installed. This project to maintain the Hum and Duck Lake Trail is an ongoing partnership between the ITA and Payette National Forest. Keep your eyes open for this project on the 2014 project list!

September 28, 2013 — National Public Lands Day — Shoofly Trail Project

NPLD 2013Shoofly Trail Project was completed on National Public Lands Day with the help of 33 volunteers. ITA had 3 project leaders on the trip and BLM provided 7 agency personnel — another great opportunity for an introductory experience into trail maintenance.  A half mile of trail was cleared and a quarter mile of new trail was constructed. Volunteers also were able to experience a dutch oven lunch provided by BLM and the use of horses to pack out barbwire that was removed.

 

 

 

 The 2013 projects for ITA were a success and we look forward to 2014! We’d like to thank all the volunteers who participated, agency personnel from BLM and USFS, and REI for sponsoring four projects!

Celebrate National Trails Day

We love trails, yes we do! We love trails, how about you?

June 2nd is National Trails Day, a time to celebrate trails and reflect on the efforts that go in to making and maintaining them. Did you know that there are  six trail projects on National Trails Day throughout the state of Idaho? The Idaho Trails Association is taking volunteers to work on Tindall Trail but there are many other exciting options from Cambridge to Clark Fork. Check out the registered projects in Idaho on the American Hiking Society page. Not mentioned on the list is a project in the Boise Foothills with Ridge to Rivers and REI.