Snowshoeing

We use several criteria in our trip descriptions to classify our snowshoe trips, focusing on round-trip mileage and total elevation gain. No classification system is perfect, and trip difficulties can vary greatly depending on the season and other factors. If after reading the trip description you have any questions about a trip's difficulty, contact the trip leader.

Snowshoe Trip Classifications

  • Easy: Up to 5 miles round trip and 600 ft. elevation gain.
  • Moderate: Up to 8 miles round trip and 1200 ft. elevation gain.
  • Difficult: Over 8 miles round trip or 1200 ft. elevation gain.

 

Snowshoeing Trips


Snowshoe Series III: Sawtooth Lake - 12 mi

Join me Saturday, Apr 30 for a snowshoe hike in the Sawtooth Wilderness near Stanley, Idaho. Weather permitting; we will snowshoe upon trails leading from the Iron Creek Trailhead off of Idaho Highway 21. We may cartage snowshoes to begin as we may have packed conditions for the first 3 miles. Distance is 12 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 1,720 ft. Limit 12, no dogs please. Bring the 10 IMR essentials, plenty of water, and lunch.

Snowshoe Series II: Bogus Basin Nordic Highway - 8 mi

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 IM

Snowshoe Series I: Bogus Basin Nordic Highway - 4 mi

Join me Saturday, Jan 29 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, have lunch, and then back on the Nordic Highway trail to the subsequent Sapper’s Return trail. The entire loop totals approximately 4 miles.  Please plan to meet at 8:30AM and carpool 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.

Snowshoe

OFF TRAIL snowshoe for Friday in the Banner Ridge area.  It will be about 3 to 4 miles in 2' of new snow OFF TRAIL over moderate to steep terrain so should be a class B "DIFFICULT" snowshoe.  High temperature for the day is expected to be only 12 degrees F so dress in multiple warm layers.  The hike will start uphill so moisture management will be of utmost importance as the return will not be as strenuous so we will not be producing as much heat.  IMR 10 essentials plus water, and trail food, and snowshoes required, poles recommended.  Not recommended for Dogs.

 

Banner Ridge Snowshoe

It will be about 3 to 4 miles in 2' of new snow OFF TRAIL over moderate to steep terrain so should be a challenge.  High temperature for the day is expected to be only 12 degrees F so dress in multiple warm layers.  The hike will start uphill so moisture management will be of utmost importance as the return not be as strenuous so we will not be producing as much heat.  IMR 10 essentials plus water and trail food required.

Banner Ridge Snowshoe

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. 

Snowshoe Sawtooth Lake

Join me for a snowshoe hike in the Sawtooth Wilderness near Stanley, Idaho. Weather permitting; we will snowshoe upon trails leading from the Iron Creek Trailhead off of Idaho Highway 21. We will cartage snowshoes to begin as we may have packed conditions for the first 3 miles. Distance is 10 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 1,720 ft. Limit 12, no dogs please. Bring the 10 IMR essentials, plenty of water, and lunch.

Snowshoe Grandjean!

Join me Saturday, Mar 20 for a snowshoe hike in the Boise National Forest near Lowman, Idaho. Weather permitting; we will snowshoe upon trails leading from the Grandjean Campground off of Idaho Highway 21. This trip is a work-in-progress and will develop closer to the date in which we will hike. Location may change. We may have an opportunity to summit a short peak or perhaps soak in Sacajawea Hot Springs after a half-day hike. Limit 12, no dogs please. Bring the 10 IMR essentials, plenty of water, and lunch.