Bruneau Dunes - Day Hiking

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NOTE: This Meetup is only for if you will be Day Hiking and NOT camping.

Start Spring off right with some great, easy hiking! Located south of Mountain Home on the Snake River, the Bruneau Dunes are the tallest single structure dunes in North America and they are open for hiking and exploring (even sand boarding!). I'm planning on hiking along the spine of the big dunes on Saturday. I will check to see if there will be any programs going on at the observatory.

The hike will be about 5 miles - we'll take the scenic route over to the equestrian campsite area.

It's still March, so we may luck out and have great weather or it may be rainy and cold - either way, I'm going!

When: Saturday, March 30 @ 11:00 a.m.

Where: Bruneau Dunes, Observatory Parking lot

Itinerary:
Saturday - Hike the dunes, starting at 11:00 a.m. and explore the area.

Getting There:
From Boise, head East on I-84 to exit 95 in Mountain Home (about 45 miles). Turn right and follow American Legion Blvd about 2 miles into town until it ends at N. Main St. Turn left and follow N. Main St. as it passes under the railroad and then as it makes a sweeping right turn and becomes Airbase Road. Follow Airbase Rd. for about another mile and turn left at Hwy 51 (at the Airbase Road Chevron) - look for the signs for Hwy 51 and Bruneau Dunes. Follow Hwy 51 south for about 14 miles until you cross the Snake River and then turn left on Hwy 78 (look for the signs to Bruneau Dunes and Hammet). Follow Hwy 78 for about 1.5 miles and then turn right to enter Bruneau Dunes State Park. Follow the park road in for a mile to the visitors center. From the Visitor's center, follow the park road in for about 1.5 miles to the Broken Wheel Campground on the right.

Day Hiker Parking:
Park at the Observatory parking lot - we'll be leaving from there at 11:00 a.m.

Activities:
Hiking, fishing, dune skiing and boarding, star gazing

Bruneau Dunes State Park:
https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/bruneau-dunes

• What to bring
• Daypack
• Good hiking shoes and socks
• Long or convertable hiking pants
• Rain/wind gear
• Trekking poles
• Sunglasses & Sunscreen
• Hat
• Gloves
• Water
• Food/snacks
• Binoculars
• Camera
• $5 per vehicle entry fee (free with ID Passport)