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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.