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.
Snowshoeing - Moderate
Up to 8 miles round trip and 1200 ft. elevation gain.
Snowshoeing - Moderate Trips
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.
Drive to Banner Ridge. Suit up. Two cars then drive 2 miles down to Gold Fork. Drop off one car. Get a GPS fix on that car. Return in one car to Banner Ridge. Get a GPS fix on that car. Walk some 200-300 yards south on ID 21 to an barred-off, ungroomed road heading east. Hike it. It will (likely) connect with the Park ’n Ski route called Twister. Head south. Eventually fall off the south edge of the Banner Ridge map and enter the north edge of the Gold Fork map. Head for the Gold Fork parking lot. Reverse the automobile logistics discussed above. Head home.
We’ll head up to the Whoop Um Up Park n Ski area 18 miles north of Idaho City where friendly dogs are welcome. We’ll enjoy the views of Whoop Um Up and Upper Lamar trail, and will also take a look at the Wagon Trail heading to the Beaver Creek Cabin. About 5 miles/900feet. We’ll carpool; call to register and for details.
Saturday Feb. 23 - Sunday Feb. 24 (and 25 if anyone can stay Monday)
Saturday meet at Albertson’s parking lot, Federal Way and Gowen Rd. at 9:00am for Banner Ridge park and Ski lot. Go 21/2 miles to campsite. (750’ elevation gain in 1 ¾ miles, 100’ elevation loss in ¾ miles). There will be no exposure to avalanche areas so transceivers or probes will not be required.
We’ll concentrate on how to safely camp in the winter environment, build snow shelters and tips for making a comfortable, enjoyable camp. Tents are OK too.
Yes, another Whoop Um Up Trip--but this time we may do the trail we like to call Whoopsy Daisy, but which is cleverly disguised as a snowmobile track. Sounds bad--but on one recent weekend, I found it to be a great workout and it was a beautiful hike with only a couple snowmobiles that passed us in 4 hours. This is a moderate trip--5 miles and a little over 800’ vertical. This portion of the trail system is dog-friendly (which is why the Trip Leader only goes to Whoop Um Up), but please inquire with trip leader. 4WD recommended, will carpool. 55 miles from Boise.
Snowshoe OR Ski: Enjoy a 1 or 2 nights in one of the Banner Ridge Yurts and enjoy the powder on your snowshoes or xc skis! Because all of us who go on this trip will be doing several hours of yurt maintenance, the cost is free. You can stay either one night or both nights. This is an exploratory trip to learn about the yurts and the local area. Sorry, no dogs (Parks and Rec rules).