Join us in exploring YDS Class 3E summits in the rugged and beautiful Seven Devils Peaks. On Sunday we will drive about 4.5 hours from Boise and carcamp on the way to the trailhead (accessible to passenger cars on a good gravel road). Monday we will backpack, partly off-trail, to a lake basin and set up base camp. That same day, we will scramble up the first of the peaks on our list. Tuesday, we hike off trail and scramble up a couple more peaks. Wednesday morning, one more short scramble is on the agenda before packing up, backpacking out, and returning to Boise.
Overnight Trip Trips
Join us in exploring a less-frequently traveled area of the picturesque Wallowa Mountains in eastern Oregon. We'll leave Boise early on Friday morning for the approximately 3.5 hour drive to the trailhead (the last four miles are rough but should be accessible to higher clearance passenger cars; NW Forest Pass or equivalent required). We'll backpack to a lakeside campsite. Saturday and Sunday we'll hike cross-country to peaks just shy of 9,000 feet in elevation with probably some YDS Class III scrambling. Monday we hike out and return to Boise. No dogs, please.
Join us in exploring summits above 10,000 feet in elevation in the highest mountain range of Idaho. We will leave Boise on Sunday afternoon and drive about 5 hours to a primitive campsite. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we head towards summits, re-locating to different primitive campsites on Monday and Tuesday evenings.. We return to Boise on Wednesday evening. Routes are YDS 2 - 3 and strenuous because of significant elevation gain over rough terrain. Roads are accessible to high clearance 4WD vehicles. No dogs, please.
Join us in paddling and exploring Class I and II+ creeks and rivers in the Stanley area. We'll leave Boise on Tuesday afternoon and drive about 3.5 hours to a campsite (unpaved but accessible to higher clearance passenger cars). Wednesday through Sunday we paddle, moving camp once (about $14 per tent per night for developed sites plus $7 per night per extra vehicle). Paddlers in canoes or quality inflatable kayaks must be able to ferry, eddy turn, and avoid obstacles including snags and river-wide barbed wire fences.
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