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.
Overnight Trip Trips
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.
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.
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.