Hiking and Mountaineering - Class B

Up to 8-12 miles round trip and/or up to 2500 ft. elevation gain. Moderate to strenuous physical activity. Some prior experience is beneficial.

 

Hiking and Mountaineering - Class B Trips


Lucky Peak

For some people, a hike up Lucky Peak is a long-term, perhaps a life-time, goal. For others, it’s a springtime tune-up hike. The advantage of a Lucky Peak hike is you can often turn back safely, even solo. It’s a road with no traffic on it (most of the year). I am not advocating solo hiking but if you have inadvertently gotten in over your head, and the rest of the hikers really want to continue, the ability to safely hike back takes some of the pressure off others to return with you.

White Clouds Backpack

Join us in a semi-exploratory backpack trip in the spectacular White Cloud Mountains. While most of the trip follows a trail, pack light: we will cross at least two steep off-trail passes as we circumnavigate Castle Peak with some side exploration of high alpine lakes. The trailhead is about a 3.5 hour drive from Boise and it is accessible to passenger cars. No dogs, please.

High Desert Hikes

Join us for hikes in the scenic Gooding City of Rocks and Little City of Rocks. We'll leave town early on Friday and hike, car camp, hike on Saturday, and return to town Saturday night. We'll likely cover less than 10 rugged miles each day, all off-trail in sagebrush and basalt boulders, through canyons and past petroglyphs. Participants must have sturdy hiking boots, gaiters, and bug dope. No dogs, please. The trailheads are accessible to cars and are about a 2.5 hour drive from Boise.

Idaho High Desert Hikes

Join us in exploring Idaho's high desert as it extends along the crescent of the Snake River plain. We'll leave Boise early Friday morning, drive to an eastern extension of the Craters of the Moon, hike, and car camp nearby. Saturday we'll continue east to explore lava tubes and buttes, and car camp. Sunday we'll have time for another hike and return to Boise. The hikes are short but slow due to walking over uneven and rough lava. We'll drive as far as ~300 miles from Boise. The trip is limited to four participants unless another driver with a high clearance 4WD vehicle signs up.

Albion Range Hikes

Rescheduled due to wet weather on gumbo mud roads.

Join us in exploring summits along the crest of the Albion Range in southern Idaho. We will leave Boise on Friday to start the 3.5+ hour drive and car camp. Saturday we complete the drive and hike Cache Peak and Mount Independence. Sunday we visit a couple more unnamed summits along the crest, hopefully with views of the City of Rocks National Reserve, and return to Boise. No dogs, please. The trip is limited to four participants unless another driver with a 4WD vehicle signs up.

Ruffneck Basin

Join us in exploring the lakes and peaks surrounding Ruffneck Lake in the Salmon River Mountains. On Friday we leave Boise and car camp on the way to the trailhead. Saturday we hike up to the lakes basin, set up camp, and hike to a summit, 6-8 miles and 2,400+ feet depending on how much side exploration we do. Sunday we hike cross-country to another peak before breaking camp, hiking out and returning to town, about 5 miles and 1,200 feet cumulative elevation gain.

Grape Mountain Day Hike/Climb

Join me for a beautiful day on a nearby, yet seldom visited peak!

If you need to be back in Boise by a certain time, do not RSVP.  You must be in good physical condition and familiar with the risks and challenges of hiking off trail.  Pace will be moderate; this is not a hike for "very slow" hikers.

This is a strenuous 6+ hour hike, plus 3 hours of total driving time. 

Our meeting point is Sandy Point Beach parking lot. There is no toilet facility at Sandy Point. 

HGGB #2 - Millers Gulch to Upper Hulls Gulch - Boise Front Range

Join me as we make hiking history, knocking out every trip in the book!

Millers Gulch to Upper Hulls Gulch is the second hike in Marchant's Hiker's Guide Series - Greater Boise.

This is a strenuous hike, 8.8 mile out-and-back (4 hour hike) that offers great views of the Snake River Plain, Owyhee Mountains and the Boise Front Range.

Size limited to 12; no dogs please.

 

Backpacking in this great fall weather

After looking at the no snow scenario and this extension of perfect fall weather, my earlier post about an early season ski trip is kaput.  No problem.  Let's shift gears and go backpacking.  My first choice would be the 7 Devils range.  Second choice would be East of McCall, up Boulder creek and over a few passes, coming out on Lake Fork creek.  But I'm open to suggestions.  Let's choose an objective without too much scrambling, preferably in areas that are buggy in the summer but great now.