Hiking and Mountaineering - Class C

Up to 15 miles round trip and 3500 ft. elevation gain. This is strenuous to very strenuous physical activity. Prior experience and training is beneficial very, very helpful.

 

Hiking and Mountaineering - Class C Trips


Wallowa Mountain Peak Bagging

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.

Eclipse

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.

Sawtooth Wilderness Traverse

Join us for a lake-to-lake traverse of the Sawtooth Wilderness. We will backpack on and off trail, up to 10 miles and 3,000 feet cumulative elevation gain per day. This trip is semi-exploratory; we have hiked and/or skied about 90% of our planned route.

Participants must be fit, have lightweight backpacking gear (our packs will weigh less than 25 pounds for this 6-day trip with one bad weather/rest day for a total of 7 days), and be prepared to ford streams.

Owyhee Canyons Exploration

Join us in a semi-exploratory one-night backpack into beautiful Owyhee canyons with spring wildflowers and interesting rock formations. We'll leave Boise early in the morning, drive to the trailhead, and backpack about 4.5 miles down (3,500 ft. elevation loss) to a camp spot with reliable water - which must be filtered and exposed to UV light, or boiled. The route down follows an intermittent trail. We'll spend the rest of the day exploring side canyons and buttes. We'll take advantage of Sunday morning cool to climb back up and return to Boise.

Cuddy Mountain - 7,867'

Sunday, July 26: We will meet in the Walmart parking lot in the Northgate Shopping Center on State Street. More specifically, we will meet at the east end of the parking next to the Washington Trust Bank. From there, we will drive to the town of Cambridge on US Hwy 95, then northwest on Hwy 71 to the trailhead. The hike is about 9 miles round trip with 3,000' of gain and entirely on trail. Return to Boise Sunday night. The summitpost link is below. Send an e-mail to john.hamann@us.af.mil before July 17 if you want to go.

Smoky Dome - 10,095'

Saturday, July 25: We will meet in the Walmart parking lot in the Northgate Shopping Center on State Street. More specifically, we will meet at the east end of the parking next to the Washington Trust Bank. From there, we will drive to the town of Fairfield on US Hwy 20, then north to the Soldier Mountain Ski Area where the trailhead is. The hike is 12 miles round trip with 4,200' of gain from the trailhead. About half the distance is on a road. The other half will be Class 2 and off trail. If we have 4WD vehicles, we might be able to drive further up the road.

Big Baldy - 9,705' - TRIP CANCELLED

My plan is to meet at the Walmart parking lot in the Northgate Shopping Center on State Street at 1 PM on Thursday, July 23. More specifically, we will meet in front of the Washington Trust Bank. From there, we will drive north to Cascade, then east to Warm Lake. From Warm Lake, we will continue further east to the trailhead, where we will camp for the evening. Friday morning, we will head out for Big Baldy. Big Baldy will be a long hike of about 30 miles and 8,000' of total elevation gain. Virtually the entire hike will be on a trail.

White Mountain - 10,442' - TRIP CANCELLED

My plan is to meet at the Walmart parking lot on Overland Road right behind the Ultra Touch Car Wash at 11 AM on Monday. From there, we will drive to Challis and car camp near the trailhead. On Tuesday, we will climb White Mountain and return to Boise that night. We will need some 4WD vehicles to reach the trailhead. Please send an e-mail to john.hamann@us.af.mil if you want to come. The summitpost link for White Mountain is below.