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23 Aug 2021

ITA looking for Trail Projects Director

2021-08-24T07:46:32-06:00August 23, 2021|0 Comments

After six years leading and organizing trail projects across Idaho, Clay Jacobson is leaving ITA for new adventures, including hiking the Continental Divide Trail next summer. We will miss Clay and wish him the very best! ITA is now advertising for a Trail Projects Director. This person will oversee the ... Read More

30 Jul 2021

Volunteer Spotlight: John Platt

2021-07-30T16:23:42-06:00July 30, 2021|2 Comments

John is an ITA crew leader and board member. He retired to the McCall area after living much of his adult life in Boise. His professional career includes working in outdoor sports stores, teaching outdoor sports, and technical writing for a large bicycle manufacturer. His outdoor influences came from growing up ... Read More

10 Jun 2021

Bagging peaks and goals

2021-06-10T21:23:53-06:00June 10, 2021|1 Comment

Check out part 1 and part 2 of Alexis's journey! On Sunday, June 6, I finished my personal challenge to summit all four of Boise’s Grand Slam peaks in one day. I started at Heinen at 5:20 a.m. and finished Kepros at 6:51 p.m. for a total time of 13 ... Read More

26 Mar 2021

Make your voice heard for Rapid River

2021-03-29T12:43:45-06:00March 26, 2021|15 Comments

As an organization that cares about Idaho’s wild places, we want to let you know about an opportunity to speak up for a special area of Idaho.  The Payette National Forest is seeking comment on a travel management plan for Rapid River, which includes the Rapid River Wild and Scenic River ... Read More

1 Mar 2021

Trail Master Webinar Series: Backpacking 101

2022-03-02T09:50:38-07:00March 1, 2021|1 Comment

March 24, 7-8 pm Mountain Time Join Idaho Trails Association for this fun webinar about learning to backpack and adventure in Idaho’s backcountry. Betsy Mizell and Haley Robinson are two women who got into outdoor adventure as adults. They will share their stories of mistakes, adventures, learning opportunities, and tips ... Read More

11 Feb 2021

ITA seeking bookkeeping services

2021-02-11T12:18:28-07:00February 11, 2021|1 Comment

ITA is planning to transition our bookkeeping activities to a professional outsourced service or volunteer resource over the next 3-6 months.   Since ITA’s inception, we have leveraged an ITA volunteer to perform these tasks that will allow us to support our continued growth and complexity. We are seeking services from a ... Read More

1 Feb 2021

A message from our new Executive Director!

2021-01-11T09:42:30-07:00February 1, 2021|0 Comments

Dear Idaho trail users and friends, Happy New Year! Here’s to remembering the challenges of 2020 but looking with hope to 2021 and time in our beautiful Idaho backcountry, accessed of course by Idaho’s extensive network of public land trails! As I begin my tenure with Idaho Trails Association, I ... Read More

10 Dec 2020

ITA expanding Women-Only Projects in 2021

2021-01-07T16:56:45-07:00December 10, 2020|0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/embed/iyRzeqdJsgg It takes a lot of work to keep some of our treasured trails open. Some would say that trail maintenance is "men's work," but that simply isn't true. Over the years, the number of women out there working crosscuts and swinging Pulaskis has continued to grow. The skills needed ... Read More

16 Nov 2020

Watch our 2020 Trail Work Season Recap video!

2021-01-07T17:00:00-07:00November 16, 2020|1 Comment

We had an awesome 2020 season of trail work! Thanks to all of our volunteers that gave so much to make Idaho's trails better for everyone. https://www.youtube.com/embed/NeWMYLdQScw Dear ITA friends, 2020 presented many new challenges this year. A big thank you to our volunteers who helped us navigate this unpredictable ... Read More

9 Nov 2020

A Message from our Executive Director

2020-11-16T14:49:52-07:00November 9, 2020|0 Comments

Dear Idaho trail users and friends,Our membership drive is underway and goes through the end of the year! We need YOUR help to preserve and maintain vulnerable trails in Idaho’s backcountry. Trails take us to our state’s most beautiful places, providing access to unique landscapes and Wilderness areas.Unfortunately, decades of inadequate funding ... Read More

1 Nov 2020

Our 2020 Membership Drive has begun!

2020-11-16T14:52:24-07:00November 1, 2020|0 Comments

Join us November 1- December 31 for our membership drive!  When you renew or become a member of Idaho Trails Association, you are joining an organization and community that cares about Idaho’s wild places. Not only do we need volunteers to make our projects succeed, but also members to financially ... Read More

29 Oct 2020

10 Awesome Hikes- Board/Staff Picks

2020-11-03T11:50:02-07:00October 29, 2020|0 Comments

This blog is part of our series honoring ITA's 10-year anniversary! There is one thing that all of the members of our board and staff have in common- a passion for trails! Here are 10 hikes hand-picked just for you. Kane Lake Trail (#66) in the Pioneer Mountains east of ... Read More

28 Oct 2020

10 Backpacking Tips for Beginners

2020-11-03T11:49:33-07:00October 28, 2020|1 Comment

This blog is part of our series honoring ITA's 10-year anniversary! By John Plat, ITA Advisory Board member John Platt has been backpacking for over 50 years, mostly in Idaho. He is a climber, backcountry skier, an Eagle Scout, and a volunteer with Valley County Search and Rescue.  He has backpacked ... Read More

15 Oct 2020

Top 10 Trail Tools

2020-11-03T11:50:58-07:00October 15, 2020|0 Comments

This blog is part of our series honoring ITA's 10-year anniversary! By Jeff Halligan, ITA Executive Director It's important to have the right tool for the job. These ten items will have any trail cleared in no time! Crosscut saw- This has been the backbone of trail work for a couple ... Read More

5 Oct 2020

Top 10 Essential Backpacking Items

2020-10-05T09:01:47-06:00October 5, 2020|2 Comments

By Clay Jacobson, ITA Trails Program Director Whether you are going out on an ITA project or planning your own backpacking trip, these items can help make your time in the backcountry a little more enjoyable! Hand Sanitizer – In the post-pandemic world, we have become increasingly familiar with the ... Read More

30 Sep 2020

Hiking with Dogs Webinar

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00September 30, 2020|0 Comments

October 13, 7-8 pm Mountain Time In partnership with Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, long-distance hiker Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa will share his experiences and tips for hiking with your furry friend. Allgood is a seasoned long-distance hiker with over 10,000 miles of long-distance hikes under his feet. He has a ... Read More

2 Sep 2020

Trail Master Webinar- Backcountry Safety

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00September 2, 2020|0 Comments

All over Idaho, climate change is affecting our public lands in many different ways. Dan Isaak, a fisheries research scientist with the US Forest Service will talk about how climate change is affecting Idaho’s cold-water fish. Patrick Brown, a Wilderness Specialist will share how he's seen fire affect trails over ... Read More

29 Jun 2020

ITA Seeking Executive Director

2020-08-13T08:40:34-06:00June 29, 2020|2 Comments

Idaho Trails Association is seeking a full-time Executive Director. The chosen candidate will lead ITA into its second decade of promoting the conservation and enjoyment of Idaho’s backcountry on foot. Working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and ITA staff, this position will focus on seven main responsibilities: strategic vision ... Read More

19 Jun 2020

Trail Master Webinar- Backcountry Safety

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00June 19, 2020|0 Comments

Join us for a free webinar about staying safe in the backcountry. We’ve got three great speakers lined up to teach you about basic first aid, safe stream crossings, and bear-awareness. Wednesday, July 9 at 7 PM MT Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kvprEkPRRbKN61ONq2M08g Paul Holle, Wilderness EMT, Senior Instructor with NOLS Wilderness ... Read More

3 Jun 2020

Trail Master Webinar-  Getting Trail Ready

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00June 3, 2020|Comments Off on Trail Master Webinar-  Getting Trail Ready

Join us Wednesday, June 10 at 7 PM MT for a free webinar about getting ready to hit the trail. Whether you are new to hiking or already a trails enthusiast, you face different aerobic, balance and strength demands. Join Pamela DeMetro, a fitness expert and coach as she teaches ... Read More

2 Jun 2020

New Motorized Partnerships

2020-06-02T11:14:35-06:00June 2, 2020|0 Comments

Here at ITA we love Idaho's trails. We also appreciate that there are many types of trail users, and different forms of recreation to enjoy. At times, there has been some conflict between the Motorized and Non-motorized trail users as these groups struggle to fund and maintain trails with limited ... Read More

27 Apr 2020

Digital Campfire Tales

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00April 27, 2020|Comments Off on Digital Campfire Tales

Join us for a night around the campfire telling stories! In this live webinar event, members from the ITA community will share their harrowing, hilarious or heartwarming trail tales from all over the state. There will be an opportunity for you as an audience member to "raise your hand" during ... Read More

23 Apr 2020

Idaho Gives is here!

2020-04-23T14:10:57-06:00April 23, 2020|0 Comments

Do you remember going on outdoor trips when you were young? Do you have fond memories of making s’mores around a campfire, learning how to pitch a tent, and using a crosscut saw to clear trails? Okay, probably not that last one. But maybe you remember hiking as a kid! Outdoor ... Read More

22 Apr 2020

Trail Master Series-  There’s an (Outdoor) App for That

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00April 22, 2020|Comments Off on Trail Master Series-  There’s an (Outdoor) App for That

Join us for a free webinar about the outdoor apps that will enhance your outdoor experience. April 22, 7-8pm MT For most of us, smartphones have become a part of everyday life. It is the multi-tool of communication and entertainment. Utilizing your smartphone in the backcountry can shed ounces off ... Read More

31 Mar 2020

Trail Master Series Webinar: Trail Runner Resources

2020-03-31T10:27:06-06:00March 31, 2020|Comments Off on Trail Master Series Webinar: Trail Runner Resources

We're exited to announce we're taking our Trail Master Presentation Series online so we can continue sharing ideas and resources during this time. Since we can't meet in person, on April 1, we will be sharing this presentation online through the webinar platform Zoom. Click the link below to sign ... Read More

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