Overnight Trip Trips
Starting on Friday, April 27 and ending on Sunday, April 29, this self-supported 3 day, 2-night backpack trip starts at Lake Owyhee, the Eastern Terminus of the Oregon Desert Trail, and ends at Leslie Gulch. Trip leaders are Renee Patrick, the Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator, and Jon Dennis from Friends of the Owyhee. The hike is a distance of 26 miles. A shuttle from Leslie Gulch to Lake Owyhee will be provided to get you back to your vehicle on Sunday.
Lake Owyhee is about a 2-hour drive from Boise. The drive from Leslie Gulch back to Lake Owyhee will take about 5 hours.
This trip we will be guided by Sammy Castonguay, a geologist with Treasure Valley Community College and Andrea Bowen a geologist for the BLM. Some equipment to survey the geology will be provided.
Expect 3-6 miles of hiking in rocky terrain/uneven ground with an elevation gain and loss of 1000 feet . Expect cool day and chilly nights. Expect to have mud in spots on the trail.
Come and join the Friends of the Owyhee to work with the Bureau of Land Management to repair an old corral that is on the National Register of Historic Places at Birch Creek Historic Ranch located on the Owyhee River. This event runs from Friday 27 October at 4pm to Sunday 29 October at 4pm.
For more information and to sign up please go to
Join us in exploring Class I and II rivers in eastern Idaho. On Friday, we will leave Boise and drive about 6 hours (350 miles) to a developed campground. Each day thereafter we will set up our shuttle, paddle for up to 12 miles (5 or 6 hours on the river), and car camp at various National Forest or State campgrounds. On our last day, we will paddle and return to Boise.
Join us in exploring the lakes and summits of the Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon at moderate elevations (5,000 ft. to 9,500 ft.) as we backpack about 60 miles on trails. We will average about 10 miles and 3,100 ft. elevation gain per day; our longest day will be about 12.5 miles and 4,200 ft. cumulative elevation gain. We have backpacked part of our planned route and are keen to revisit and to explore more.
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.
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.