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A GPS Field Course of five stations has been laid out near Initial Point. Each Station has a blue plastic canister containing the navigational points (Lat/Long) to the next station. The purpose of the course is to practice inputting navigational points into your GPS, traveling to that location, using different position formats and map datums. Each participant can travel and practice the course at their own leisure/schedule. You will need to know how to change the Position Format of the Lat/Long descriptions and know how to change the Map Datum as each of the stations are presented differently. Station One Navigational points are N 43 Degrees 22 Minutes 13.21 Seconds. W 116 Degrees 23 Minutes 50.04 Seconds. Once Station One is located, the blue plastic canister contains the Navigational points for Number Two, etc. The total course length is about 2 miles. Station Number One is within 1/2 mile of the road to Initial Point. Initial Point lies just off the Swan Falls road, south of Kuna. The Road to Initial Point can be muddy, but was in good condition to within one half mile of Initial Point on March 9. I plan to leave the canisters in place until the end of April. You can travel the course at your convenience. Please comment below if you travel the course so I can tell if the course is getting use and the condition (are the canisters in place, etc.?) When the course is no longer used I will retrieve the canisters. Also, please call me if you have questions regarding the course. Wally Kimball[masked]
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Plan for a few days in the Frank Church Wilderness the week of July 4, 2019. My goal is the Sleeping Deer Lookout located about 25 miles into the wilderness on a Jeep/ATV cherry stem road. I’ll be riding my ATV to the trailhead for the Lookout on the first day and camping overnight. Along the way on the ride into Sleeping Deer we’ll detour up to the Twin Peaks Lookout then further along we’ll hike up to the destroyed Fly Creek Lookout site. The next morning we’ll hike about 1.5 miles with around 600’ of gain to the Sleeping Deer Lookout. We’ll break camp upon our return from the Lookout and return to near the Fly Creek Lookout to the trailhead for the Shower Bath Hot Springs. Those interested can backpack down to the Hot Springs for a soak and camp nearby overnight. See following links for more information about the Shower Bath Hot Springs. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/idaho/fly-creek-point-to-shower-bath-hot-springs http://www.idahohotsprings.com/destinations/shower_bath/index.htm Those that don’t want to Backpack to the hot springs can either camp someplace near the Fly Creek Lookout Site or continue on back out of the Wilderness. I rode from near Challis out and back in one day and was unable to really take in all the scenery and hit the side trails I saw along the way. It is really a days ride into the Sleeping Deer Trail Head and another days ride back out so plan on about 4 days plus driving time to Challis. I wouldn’t recommend anything other than a Jeep or ATV for this outing as the road is a little narrow and very rocky in some sections. I’ll be putting actual dates out as the time grows closer since if we have a big snow year July 4th may still not be passable.
See details below: DeEtta Petersen, Idaho City Backcountry Yurt Coordinator, has scheduled a "Maintenance and Wood Cutting Week" and is seeking volunteers! This is a great time to visit the yurts and help out with maintenance and partake in potluck and barbecue, AND, meet other outdoor enthusiasts. SO, if you would like to help out, for one day, or two days or more, please RSVP here, and RSVP with the Yurt Girl!, DeEtta Petersen. We can work on the details and carpooling and tasks as the event gets closer, but she'd like a head count for planning purposes. Oh, I almost forgot. This year we will crown the wood splitting and stacking winners. Last year, Steve Schaps and crew split and stacked a record 7 cords of wood in one day! Steve tells me he plans to defend his record. Here is the Volunteer Event Announcement: ~ Save The Date ~ Annual Maintenance and Wood Cutting Week ~ July 8th thru July 14th, 2019 I know this is early but it has been proven that calendars get filled quickly if an event hasn’t been posted early on! (You know who you are 😉) . . . So! Annual Yurt Maintenance and Wood Cutting Weekend is scheduled for July 8th thru 14th, 2019. On July 8th thru 10th we will be cutting back trails, raking grounds, and doing some light maintenance on yurts as needed. On Saturday July, 12th and Sunday, July 13th, we will do wood splitting (Still working on these specifics). On the evening of the 13th, I would like to have a BBQ/Potluck at the Banner Ridge Yurt for the volunteers that have spent so much time helping this program be successful. We will have Banner Yurt Saturday night into Sunday and there is plenty of ground so if you would like to stay and party late into the evening and want to spend the night you may wish to bring a tent to sleep in. Specifics to follow, but please put this on your calendar and RSVP to me so that I can get a headcount for food. I look forward to spending time with all of you, D DeEtta Petersen Idaho City Backcountry Yurt Coordinator IDAHO DEPT OF PARKS AND RECREATION 5657 Warm Springs Avenue | Boise, ID 83716 tel (208)[masked] | mobile (208)[masked]
Photo of Terrace Lakes by Julie Rittenberry Gauging interest in an East to West Crossing of The River of No Return Wilderness, backpacking about 60 miles from the Crags Campground, to Terrace Lakes, down Waterfall Cr. to the Middle Fork of Salmon River. Then cross the Middle Fork and walk up Big Creek to Big Creek Campground, near the Big Creek Airfield and Edwardsburg. This is a shuttle hike that will depend upon getting drivers to drop the hikers at the Crags Campground and retrieving the hikers at Big Creek (or perhaps use Air Taxi to fly to McCall or Stanley). Ideal numbers of hikers is four with one driver or 8 hikers with two drivers. One driver must be well versed in traveling and navigating on backcountry roads. This trip involves some elevation gains, but the most difficult part will be about a 5000 elevation loss down Waterfall Creek. I have been on most of this trail (with the exception of Waterfall Trail) but there are no guarantees of trail conditions. There should be no water issues as most of the trail is alongside water courses. Rattlesnakes will be an issue at the lower end of Big Creek. When we crossed the River of No Return Wilderness in 2018 we did see bear and wolf. As usual, they caused us no problems. Tentative (read not carved in stone) Schedule: Begin hike at Crags Campground and hike to Terrace Lakes, about 10 miles and +2400 feet and -2400 feet. Day two: Terrace Lakes to Middle Fork Salmon about 9 miles with -5400 feet. Day three: Middle Fork 'Salmon to Taylor Ranch about 7 miles +1200 Day four: Taylor to Coxey Creek about 12 miles +1500 Day five: Coxey Creek to Ramey Creek About 8 miles +1300 Day six: Ramey Creek to Big Creek Campground about 10 miles +2000 feet. We need two days travel time. I need time to fish as Big Creek may be some of the best backcountry fishing offered! There are several points of interest worthy of visit: Taylor Ranch, Big Creek pictographs, Cabin Creek ranch site, Soldier Bar Landing strip and Private Egan memorial (requires fording /crossing Big Creek ). We will decide a go-no-go date and time after a February planning meet to be determined. This is a serious backpack that requires good physical conditioning. Prior multi-day experience is recommended. There are a few backcountry landing strips on the route that provide bail-out points but they are very expensive. If you might be interested, please get on the list and begin planning as this trip requires advance preparation/planning/physical training. A hiking buddy to share tent/equipment to cut backpack weight is a plus.