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Snowshoeing - Moderate
Up to 8 miles round trip and 1200 ft. elevation gain.
TRIP IS FULL. Sorry, maybe next time.
Here is your chance to get in some backcountry exercise in a little visited area near Idaho City. If snow is deep enough and the day is clear, we will have terrific views from a high ridge. Beaver Creek Summit is just up the road a short distance from Banner Ridge Park N’ Ski Lot and 25 miles past Idaho City on Hwy 21 (and is the winter trailhead for the Stargaze Yurt). This is an advanced intermediate level snowshoe hike. We will need a few strong trailbreakers, so here is your chance to show your stuff. Participants should be in strong physical condition and be willing to fall a few times.
We will snowshoe one way 5 miles from Beaver Creek Summit to the Gold Fork Park N' Ski lot. The snowshoe will be mostly downhill. Poles are required for the steep descents. We will climb 900 feet in elevation and descend 1500 feet as we follow an off-trail, high ridge route to the Gold Fork Parking lot. We will leave Boise at 9:00 am sharp (plan to arrive at 8:45) from the well-marked Sandy Point parking lot located just below Lucky Peak Dam. (there are no bathrooms here, but we will stop in Idaho City). We will try to carpool. 4x4 vehicles are recommended for the snowy roads. Drivers will need a Park N’ Ski Pass, which can be purchased online athttp://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/registration-renewals-permits-passes, or at nearly any Nordic ski store in Boise, or at the gas station in Idaho City. If the group wishes, at the end of the day we will have dinner at Lucky 13.
I recommend the following to bring: your own snowshoes in good working condition; insulated, waterproof snowshoeing boots; tall boot gaiters for deep snow; trekking poles with snow baskets; lunch, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm clothes that are layered and wicking (no cotton or jeans), day pack, water, full wind/rain/snow gear, something to sit on on the snow, two pairs of gloves, a warm hat, emergency items, first aid kit, cash in 1s and 5s to reimburse drivers for gas… and an adventurous spirit. No kids or dogs.
If blizzard or other adverse conditions are expected, this trip may be postponed and/or re-posted as a snowshoe or hike to another location.
idpeakgirly at hotmail dot com
A neighbor recently borrowed a set of our snowshoes to go snowshoeing at Avimor. ("Twenty-three minutes from downtown Boise.") She had a great time. (First time snowshoe'er, albeit top-notch athlete.) So we thought we'd go check it out. The SW Idaho Mountain Bike Association has kindly produced an excellent map of the trails in the area. The link to the map is below. Sunday weather looks quite good. One dog only with club member. Maybe 3+ hours from trailhead to trailhead. Wear sunscreen. :)
We thought we'd stay close to the area insofar as it's the day after Christmas. Three Point Mountain is just out I-84, around exit 64, turn north. Maybe 40 minutes drive from Boise. Intent is to start with a challenging climb the first half-mile (400 feet of gain), made all the more so due to the fact we hope to be in snowshoes. 4800 ft trailhead elevation: Hope springs eternal. :) IF we make it to the ridgeline, the views of the Trinities should be gorgeous. A short trip from there to the peak. Fini. Unless we found the going a lot faster than we thought we would, in which case we'll turn toward Kepros for a mile or two. Not far. We should be exhausted already due to the snowshoes. One dog only. Must be a club member dog. Eight people max.
Mark Werthmann 608-4562
Shall we just call this a doorstopper? The weather (and snow conditions) are still unknown. Conditions at the three Idaho City Park 'n Ski areas are equally unknown.
What we do know is we plan on approximately four miles ("early conditioning"). Breathing hard is to be expected. One dog max (if the trails permit dogs). Club member dogs only. Eight people max.
Sign up now and we'll flesh out the details for this trip as the date gets closer. :)
Mark Werthmann 608-4562
Join me Saturday, Mar 05 for a snowshoe hike at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. We will snowshoe the Nordic Highway trail, from the Frontier Point Nordic Lodge, to the Superior Chair, and on up to the Shafer Butte Picnic Area. There we will have lunch, and then head back on the Nordic Highway trail to the subsequent Sapper’s Return trail. The entire loop totals approximately 8 miles. Please call me so that we may arrange logistics and potential carpooling to the trailhead. Please bring $5 for your individual Bogus Basin Snowshoe Trail Ticket. Limit 12, no dogs please. Bring the 10 IMR essentials, plenty of water, and lunch.
Travis DuVall @ 208-573-1750
It will be around 4 miles with 600 to 800 feet of gain through difficult terrain off the normally used trails through the forest. I would rate it moderate due to the conditions. No dogs.
Sunday snowshoe -- mid morning departure, return before sunset. This will be about a 4 mile snowshoe on the east side of the trail to Banner Ridge along parts of the Alpine trail then cross country to the Twister trail the back to the car at Banner Ridge parking lot. The snow markers are now showing around 40" of snow at Mores Creek and Jackson peaks so the snow should be fantastic and the temperatures are supposed to be in the upper teens to low 20's at Whoop-um-up by Sunday. No dogs.
I have a park and ski pass on my car and they are now required for the season.
841-6026 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Join me Saturday, Feb 27 for a snowshoe hike at Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho. We will snowshoe the main snowshoe trails within the spine of the peninsula, attempting to reach Osprey Point Lookout, have lunch, and then return upon Nordic Ski trails along the west coast of the peninsula. The entire loop totals approximately 6 miles. Please bring $4 for your individual Nordic Pass Trail Ticket. Limit 12, no dogs please. Bring the 10 IMR essentials, plenty of water, and lunch.
Please email or call Travis (email@example.com) or 573-1750 for details and to register.
Let’s hope for clear blue skies just after a huge snowfall for this January trip. The trip will go up Gold Fork’s Moose trail and loop around using the Lodgepole and Double Dip trails with short bursts on the Golf Fork groomed trail (fine for snowshoers; just walk on the edge and stay out of the double track!). Mileage about 4+miles/600’+ total elevation gain. Trip limited to 8 people because we will be on the groomed ski trail for short durations. Inquire about dogs. 75 miles from Boise; Park n Ski Pass on vehicles will be needed; depending on conditions 2WD may be just fine. We’ll leave Boise around 9am, be back around 3pm.
Contact Colls for more info and to register: 208-853-5368.