Strenuous but fun deep snow opportunity. We may very well be breaking trail. If the skies are clear, there are beautiful vistas into the Boise basin. If the skies are clouded, the quiet splendor of a snow covered forest is restorative.
Travel time about 70 or 80 minutes one way. Short trip to Horseshoe Bend, but the last 13 miles is usually slow on snow covered forest road.
This trek is recommended for conditioned individuals, although snowshoe experience is not necessary. Gators and layers are paramount, poles and camera are optional. You may fluctuate from very warm to possibly very cold if there is wind or precipitation.
Bring food, water, and a pack with a whistle if you have one, extra gloves, extra socks, sunscreen, lip balm, and maybe Hot Hands & an extra hat. I'll carry one first aid kit and one survival kit.
I'll go as far as the group wants, but count on about 3 hours on the trail.
Plan to carpool where possible. Drivers need to be comfortable on snow and ice with a rig having a fair amount of clearance in case the pull-out where we park is not well plowed. Please plan to compensate your driver with funds, a meal, or drink after. Drivers, please carry an emergency shovel and emergency gear like sand, jumper cables, blanket, etc.
We'll meet at the back of the Winco/Petco parking lot off State Street near Hwy. 55 in Eagle at 9:30 a.m. I allow a 5 minute grace. I drive a tan Honda Element and can take 2 other people.
Possibility of early dinner in/around Eagle for those interested, perhaps Taziki's. Hope to see you!