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Eclipse

Join us in viewing the solar eclipse from a summit that is over 10,000 feet in elevation. On Sunday we will drive from Boise to our trailhead in the Lost River Range and backpack up to 4 miles with 3,300 feet of elevation to our high and dry camp. On Monday morning we'll hike about a mile (with about a 1,500 foot gain) to the summit in time for the eclipse, backpack out and return to Boise.

This exploratory hike will be YDS Class 2, off trail with uncertain footing. Participants need to be in good shape. Lightweight 3-season backpacking gear is a must not only because of the steepness of the climb but also because you need to carry all your water for the afternoon, evening, and next day - about a gallon (nearly 9 pounds).

The trailhead is about 3.5 hours from Boise on pavement, plus another 12 miles on dirt roads. High clearance vehicles are recommended. No dogs, please.

If there is enough interest, we will leave Boise on Friday afternoon, car camp and day hike another peak in the area on Saturday.

Event Date: 
Sun, 08/20/2017 - 7:00am - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 8:00pm
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi, (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

Spring Creek Week

Join us in paddling and exploring Class I and II creeks and rivers in southern Idaho. We'll leave Boise on Tuesday afternoon and drive about 3 hours to a car campsite (high clearance vehicles required). Wednesday through Sunday we paddle, moving camp twice between primitive and developed campsites (about $10 per tent per night for developed sites). Be aware that current flows are higher than normal for this time of year. Paddlers in canoes or quality inflatable kayaks must be able to ferry, eddy turn, and avoid obstacles including snags. In addition to boats, paddles, waterproof daybags, and PFDs, participants need car camping gear. Boats need both Idaho and Nevada Aquatic Invasive Species stickers. We have paddled some but not all of the planned trips. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Wed, 06/07/2017 - 3:00pm - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 8:00pm
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

Explore Watson Townsite

Camp at Solcum Creek Campground in Oregon. Hike up the lake bed to the old town site of Watson.

Watch this space for details!

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/27/2017 - 5:00pm - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Tim Davis, Friends of the Owyhee

Explore Birch Creek

Camp at Birch Creek Historic Ranch in Oregon on the banks of the Owyhee River. Enjoy a short day hike and explore Jordan Craters on the way out.

Watch this space for additional information!

Event Date: 
Fri, 09/22/2017 - 5:00pm - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Tim Davis, Friends of the Owyhee

North Fork Owyhee Hike

Camp at North Form Campground in Idaho. Hike into the North Fork Owyhee Wilderness. Drive the Owyhee Scenic Byway on the way out.

The landscape within the North Fork Owyhee Wilderness, in the southwest part of Idaho near the Oregon border, is diverse, ranging from river canyons over a thousand feet deep to vast expanses of sagebrush and grassland plateaus. This ecosystem provides habitat for sage grouse, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, songbirds, raptors, and numerous rare plant species. The river canyons in Owyhee County have been called the largest concentration of sheer-walled volcanic rhyolite and basalt canyons in the western United States. Many of the canyons are more than 1,000 feet deep, nearly twice as deep as the Washington Monument is tall. River enthusiasts come from around the country to challenge the famous white water rapids of these rivers.

This will be a great trip for individuals to get out with a group that are not into hiking but loves the scenic beauties of the Owyhee and wildflowers. We will car camp with the possibility of a mobile camp (a different spot each night).

Trip highlights and challenges: Scenic beauties of the Owyhee; Wildflowers; Road Conditions; Weather; Possible seasonal water flows in drainages; Please note there is no Cell Phone Coverage in the Owyhee.

Trip Timeline: Friday May 19: Meet in Jordan Valley at 4pm. Location for the meeting: The park in Jordan Valley just past the rodeo grounds. On left Highway 95. We will then Gas up in Jordan Valley and head south to the North Fork Campground. If you will be later than 4pm I can send directions on how to get to the North Fork Campground

Saturday May 20: We will hear from Evan Worthington from the Boise BLM on the creation of the Owyhee Wilderness of Idaho and have a small hike up the North Fork Owyhee River in the Designated Wilderness. (Hike Optional)

Sunday May 21: Pack up and drive the Owyhee Backcountry Scenic Byway to Grand View Idaho. Depart in our separate directions back home. For those that need to get back home early, you can head back the way that we came to the Campground toward Jordan Valley

*Alternative plans (depends on weather and road conditions):

Saturday May 20: We will hear from Evan Worthington from the Boise BLM on the creation of the Owyhee Wilderness of Idaho and then drive halfway to Grand View, Idaho on the Owyhee Backcountry Scenic Byway. We will stop many times to admire the beauty of the Owyhee and the Wildflowers.

Sunday May 21: Pack up and finish the drive on the Owyhee Backcountry Scenic Byway to Grand View Idaho. Depart in our separate directions back home.

We will meet in Jordan Valley and convoy to the camp site

Directions from Ontario to Jordan Valley (cut and paste in your browser) https://www.google.com/maps/dir/44.048552,-116.9766337/Jordan+Valley,+OR/@43.5107839,-117.4407042,9z/am=t/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x54b19ace44329241:0x2d8260a1b93c9e88!2m2!1d-117.0543038!2d42.9740445

Directions from Boise/Nampa to Jordan Valley
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/43.597387,-116.2961195/Jordan+Valley,+OR/@43.2919711,-117.243655,9z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x54b19ace44329241:0x2d8260a1b93c9e88!2m2!1d-117.0543038!2d42.9740445!3e0

Camp Site Location
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Jordan+Valley,+Oregon/42.5926449,-116.9814544/@42.7830432,-117.297861,10z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x54b19ace44329241:0x2d8260a1b93c9e88!2m2!1d-117.0543038!2d42.9740445!1m0!3e0

If we drive the Owyhee Backcountry Scenic Byway home
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Juniper+Mountain+Rd,+Murphy,+ID+83650/42.9896847,-116.0971419/@42.9862035,-117.1341243,146110m/am=t/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x54b23756000725d5:0xd72fc75e0efecdc6!2m2!1d-117.0118606!2d42.6694762!1m0!3e0

Participants are responsible for their own food, camping gear, and transportation to and from the trip. We can try to arrange carpooling options if wanted/needed.

Friends of the Owyhee provide excellent guidance in the field, and a number of group camp items to make things more comfortable (firewood, table, shade/rain tarp, etc.). First aid kit and Emergency Spot beacon is provided as well.

Group size is limited to 12 individuals. (Children no younger than 7 years of age)

Event Date: 
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 5:00pm - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Time Davis, Friends of the Owyhee

Please email owyheetrips@gmail.com for trip sign up or call (541) 212-1907.

A confirmation email will be sent with 5 days after receiving an email. A Participation Waiver and Release Agreement we need to be signed at camp.

Based on RSVPs, open spaces will be backfilled with people from the wait list. One Week before the trip begins, the trip leader will send out an e-mail with additional information, maps, driving instructions, car-pooling options etc. However, if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader.

Leslie Gulch Oregon Desert Trail Hike

Car camp at Solcum Creek Campground in Oregon and hike Juniper Gulch.

In 1882, a cattle rancher, Hiram E. Leslie, was struck by lightning while working in what was then known as Dugout Gulch; thus, the area was renamed Leslie Gulch. The most striking features of Leslie Gulch are the diverse and often stark, towering and colorful geologic formations. The Leslie Gulch Tuff (consolidated volcanic ash), makes up the bulk of these formations. The talus slopes and unique soils of Leslie Gulch supports a number of rare plant species.

This trip will be led by Tim Davis with help from Renee Patrick. Renee is the Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator. We will hike 2 small sections of the Oregon Desert trail.

Expect a 5-10 mile hike each day in a rocky drainage/uneven ground, the ODT is not a maintained trail.

Expect cool days and chilly nights. Expect to have mud in spots on the trail.

· Learn about the Oregon Desert Trail from Renee Patrick, Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator.

· April weather is highly variable, so come prepared for just about anything.

· Explore new landscapes in and around Leslie Gulch

· Leslie Gulch/Slocum Creek Campground is a great base for explorations

· Possible seasonal water flows in drainages

· Muddy Shoes

· Wildflowers

· Please note there is no Cell Phone Coverage in the Owyhee.

Friday April 21: We will meet at Leslie Gulch/Slocum Creek Campground by 6pm. Arriving before dark gives everyone a chance to get settled and talk about the plans for the weekend ahead.

Saturday April 22: We will leave camp at 9am and hike Juniper Gulch. This hike will be most of the day. We will do some other exploration off of the ODT.

Sunday April 23: We will leave camp at 9am, drive to Three Finger Gulch and hike a short distance up Canyon with some other exploration off of the ODT.

We will return to camp, pack up and leave late afternoon.

We will be camping at Leslie Gulch/Slocum Creek Campground

Click here for directions from Nampa/Boise: https://goo.gl/maps/zX1uM1cSpLQ2

Click here for Directions from Ontario: https://goo.gl/maps/p7n2VpgLfsC2

For a more scenic route through Succor Creek Canyon: https://goo.gl/maps/z6EZUUNgTj42

Participants are responsible for their own food, camping gear, and transportation to and from the trip. We can try to arrange carpooling options if wanted/needed.

Friends of the Owyhee provide excellent guidance in the field, and a number of group camp items to make things more comfortable (firewood, table, shade/rain tarp, etc.). First aid kit and Emergency Spot beacon is provided as well.

Group size is limited to 12 individuals. (Children no younger than 7 years of age)

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:00pm - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Tim Davis, Friends of the Owyhee

Please email owyheefriends@gmail.com for trip sign up or call (541) 212-1907.

A confirmation email will be sent with 5 days after receiving an email, with that email a Participation Waiver and Release Agreement will be sent for you, which should be sent back by email or to be brought in person. Extras will be at camp if you forget it.

Based on RSVPs, open spaces will be backfilled with people from the wait list. One week before the trip begins, the trip leader will send out an e-mail with additional information, maps, driving instructions, car-pooling options etc. However, if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader.

Succor Creek Geology Tour

Friends of the Owyhee will host this trip, guided by Sammy Castonguay (a geologist with Treasure Valley Community College) into Sage Creek drainage and Three Fingers. Some equipment to survey the geology will be provided.

Expect a fairly easy day with a couple miles of hiking in a rocky drainage/uneven ground. Expect cool day and chilly nights. Expect to have mud in spots on the trail.

Succor Creek State Natural Area lies in a deep, rocky canyon and is a remote haven for rock hounds and wildlife watchers. A 15-mile dirt road leads from Oregon 201 to the park, which has a walk-in primitive camping and day-use areas on the east side of the creek. The road in can be rough but Subaru's and minivans can navigate this road.

· Friday, March 17th: We will meet at Succor Creek State Natural Area in the late afternoon/early evening. Arriving before dark gives everyone a chance to get settled and talk about the plans for the weekend ahead.
· Saturday, March 18th: We will leave camp at 10 am and drive to Sage Creek Drainage in as few vehicles as possible, a distance of 3.7 miles. We will depart the vehicles and hike Sage Creek drainage. The hike can be up to 5 miles in total distance. If time permits we will stop a few times on the drive back to camp.
· Sunday, March 19th: We will get most of our camp packed up in the morning for an easier departure in the late afternoon. We will drive over to Three Fingers and hike to the base of it; 2 miles total hike with ¼ mile of steep terrain. If time permits we may drive toward Leslie Gulch for better views of the landscape. Once we arrive back to camp we will head back home on our own.

We will be camping at Succor Creek State Natural Area in Oregon. Participants are responsible for their own food, camping gear as well as transportation to and from the trip. Group size is limited to 12 individuals. (Children no younger than 7 years of age)

Directions from Nampa/Boise(about a 2-hour drive): https://goo.gl/maps/23pv368Wgiw

Directions from Ontario(about a 1.5 hour drive): https://goo.gl/maps/A4DThmCDXmR2

Event Date: 
Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:00pm - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Tim Davis; please email owyheefriends@gmail.com for trip sign up or call (541) 212-1907.

A confirmation email will be sent with 5 days after receiving an email, with that email a Participation Waiver and Release Agreement will be sent to you, which should be sent back by email or to be brought in person. Extras will be at camp if you forget it.

Based on RSVPs, open spaces will be backfilled with people from the wait list. One week before the trip begins, the trip leader will send out an e-mail with additional information, maps, driving instructions, car-pooling options etc. However, if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader.

Inogene Lake Ski Tour

One of our favorite tours in the Sawtooth Wilderness, the ski up to Imogene Lake offers wonderful views and follows an old trail that avoids multiple crossings of an avalanche path.

On Saturday we will drive to the Stanley Basin, park in the Fourth of July Road pullout, ski on a snowmobiled road for about a mile, and then break trail up and across the flats to set up camp near Hell Roaring Lake. On Sunday we will continue up the drainage to Imogene Lake and return to camp. Backcountry skis or telemark gear are appropriate for this trip. Metal shovels, multi-antenna transceivers, probe poles, climbing skins, and winter camping gear are required as are strong intermediate skiing skills - you must be able to ski down through trees. Participants must be keen to contribute to basic avalanche risk management practices including a group beacon check, snowpack analysis, and safe group skiing practices. The parking area is about a 3-hour drive from Boise. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/18/2017 (All day) - Mon, 02/20/2017 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi, 208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

Winter Weekend in McCall

Have you ever been playing in the snow near McCall and wished you could stay another day? This is your chance! We have reserved a heated bunkhouse on the shores of Payette Lake. The rustic log structure is adjacent to plowed parking and will cost about $30 per person for both nights with full occupancy.

Because we purchase liability insurance and pay a non-refundable deposit for the cabin, payment must be made in advance by Monday, January 30th - contact us for details.

We will drive from Boise on Friday afternoon (about 110 miles, 2.5 hours). Saturday and Sunday are open for activities depending on the group: snowshoe or ski to the adjacent Ponderosa State Park or at one of the other nearby groomed areas (trail fees), tour the Winter Carnival snow sculptures, ski at Brundage (lift pass) or join us for backcountry skiing.

Folks who join us for backcountry skiing must have avalanche training, probe, a triple antenna beacon, shovel, climbing skins, strong intermediate ski skills, and backcountry touring skis, Telemark gear or an Alpine touring/Randonee set up.

In the past we formed a subgroup of people interested in track skiing and/or snowshoeing, and a subgroup interested in backcountry skiing who could also track/skate ski. We can be flexible about destinations depending on weather, snow, and avalanche conditions.

We will have an education/training aspect to this event depending on activities: avalanche field session, snow shelter construction, and/or winter safety review.

Deadline to sign up is January 30th.

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/03/2017 - 9:00am - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com to sign up by Monday January 30th.

Winter Camping 101

Are you interested in transitioning from 3-season to 4-season overnight wilderness trips with the help of folks who have over 35 years of winter camping experience? If so, this class is for you!

We will contact participants in advance to go over gear, food, hydration and techniques for staying warm in preparation for this one-night experience.

Prior 3-season camping experience will help. Participants must have or be willing to rent a 4-season sleeping bag, pad (or double up summer-weight pads), and 4-season tent. Metal-edged backcountry skis or wider touring skis are appropriate for this trip. Bring wax if needed for your skis and climbing skins if you have them.

We will leave Boise early on Saturday and drive to our TH, exact location to be determined depending on where we think the best snow conditions will be. We will break trail for 5 - 6 miles and camp. We will tour in the area for the rest of the day. Sunday morning, we will break camp and ski out.

Participants should be in good physical shape and have been on cross-country skis before. In addition to putting into practice what we discuss in advance, you will have ample opportunity to practice kick turns, step turns, herringbone, side step, side slip, snowplow and just skiing with a full pack.

Although the area is relatively benign from avalanche hazards, if people are interested we are keen to use the opportunity to practice snowpack evaluation, beacon search, and rescue shoveling - in which case you will need your multi-antenna beacon, probe, shovel and inclinometer.

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/10/2016 - 7:00am - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi, 208-859-2405 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com by Tuesday December 13th to sign up

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