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Hiking and Mountaineering - Class A


Up to 8 miles round trip and 1200 ft. elevation gain. Prior hiking experience is usually not necessary; some level of physical fitness is helpful.

Butterfly Count

Help monitor butterfly population trends in areas near Boise, including Military Reserve and Bogus Basin. Participants should be prepared for a day of hiking: daypack, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, water, sunhat, and sturdy footwear. A butterfly net is helpful but not required, as is a clipboard and tethered pen.

A registration fee of $4 per person will be collected; the fee helps the North American Butterfly Association compile the results of this nationwide survey.

Volunteers meet in the morning at the 17th and State Street parking lot (there is a liquor store) for free cinnamon rolls and orange juice, and to organize carpools.

A free butterfly identification workshop will be held on Saturday, July 8th (see that day's post for details).

Event Date: 
Sun, 07/09/2017 - 8:30am - 6:00pm
Event Contact: 

RSVP with Dr. Paul Castrovillo, (208) 332-8627 or paul.castrovillo at agri.idaho.gov

Space is limited: if you sign up, either show up or let the trip leader know in time for someone on the wait list to be able to go.

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

Lower Owyhee River

Celebrate Public Lands Day with a stewardship project on the Lower Owyhee River.

Stay tuned for details!

Event Date: 
Sat, 09/30/2017 (All day)
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

Annual Succor Creek Clean Up

A Friends of the Owyhees Stewardship Project. Do your bit to help preserve and restore our precious desert canyons.

Succor Creek State Natural Area in eastern Oregon is a great park that all Owyhee recreational enjoy: from us locals, folks from Boise metro area, Oregonians from the west side, and others from afar. But with high-use comes garbage and invasive weeds.

FOTO and CascadiaNow! would like to invite any and all that recreate in Succor Creek to lend a hand cleaning up the roadways and removing patches of invasive weeds. Tools are being provided by Vale BLM, while garbage bags, extra water, and an after-work Luncheon are provided by FOTO.

We will meet at the campground at 8am for a short welcome and safety discussion, then disperse to field sites at 8:30. Please bring your own lunch, work gloves, sun protection, bug spray and plenty of water (at least 2 liters). The work day will commence by 3:30 and meet back in the campground for a Luncheon and Social to talk about "this place".

Also if you have a shovel you can throw in and plant snips please bring them.

To load driving directions, go to this link and type in your starting location:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/43%C2%B027'13.7%22N+117%C2%B007'12.8%22W/@43.453802,-117.1224237,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d43.453802!4d-117.120235

Succor Creek is about a 2-hour drive from Boise.

Hope to see you there!

Event Date: 
Sat, 06/03/2017 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Tim Davis, Friends of the Owyhee

(541) 212-1907; owyheetrips@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheOwyhee

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.

Butterfly Count Re-Scheduled

The wet weather on July 10th postponed the butterfly count; lets hope for sunnier skies this time.

Help monitor butterfly population trends in areas outside of Boise, including Military Reserve and Bogus Basin. Participants should be prepared for a day of hiking: daypack, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, water, sunhat, and sturdy footwear.

A registration fee of $4 per person will be collected; the fee helps the North American Butterfly Association compile the results of this nationwide survey.

Volunteers meet in the morning at the 17th and State Street parking lot (the shopping center with a liquor store) to organize carpools.

A free butterfly identification workshop was held on Saturday, July 9th (see that day's post for details), but you needn't have attended the workshop to participate in the count.

Event Date: 
Sun, 07/17/2016 - 8:30am - 6:00pm
Event Contact: 

RSVP with Dr. Paul Castrovillo, (208) 332-8627 or paul.castrovillo at agri.idaho.gov

Butterfly Count

Help monitor butterfly population trends in areas outside of Boise, including Military Reserve and Bogus Basin. Participants should be prepared for a day of hiking: daypack, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, water, sunhat, and sturdy footwear.

A registration fee of $4 per person will be collected; the fee helps the North American Butterfly Association compile the results of this nationwide survey.

Volunteers meet in the morning at the 17th and State Street parking lot (there is a liquor store) for free cinnamon rolls and orange juice, and to organize carpools.

A free butterfly identification workshop will be held on Saturday, July 9th (see that day's post for details).

Event Date: 
Sun, 07/10/2016 - 8:30am - 6:00pm
Event Contact: 

RSVP with Dr. Paul Castrovillo, (208) 332-8627 or paul.castrovillo at agri.idaho.gov

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