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29 Jun 2022

Follow Clay on his CDT journey!

2022-06-29T09:24:37-06:00June 29, 2022|2 Comments

This summer, ITA crew leader and former employee Clay Jacobson will be hiking the Continental Divide Trail starting north and going south. We're happy to be following Clay along his journey and will be posting his updates from the trail! 6/24/22 The time has finally come to set out ... Read More

27 Jun 2022

Visit the Gospel-Hump Wilderness with ITA!

2022-06-29T08:37:35-06:00June 27, 2022|0 Comments

This season, ITA is hosting two projects in the Gospel-Hump Wilderness, a 206,000 acre wilderness that stretches from the Main Salmon River to the South Fork of the Clearwater, between Riggins and Grangeville. With the Frank Church River of no Return Wilderness to the South and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness ... Read More

14 Jun 2022

The Splattski Outdoor Access Fund

2022-06-14T15:13:17-06:00June 14, 2022|0 Comments

The trails world lost a true friend in February 2022 with the sudden passing of John Platt. John was a lifelong hiker and mountaineer, an accomplished cyclist, a backcountry adventurer, and a devoted husband, father, brother and friend. John was also passionate about sharing the outdoors with anyone and ... Read More

1 Jun 2022

Volunteer Spotlight: Lilly Ragan

2022-06-01T15:56:08-06:00June 1, 2022|0 Comments

Lilly Ragan, tax accountant by day, serves as ITA’s Bookkeeper and a member of the Advisory Board. We are so grateful to Lilly for the many hours she spends crunching the numbers for ITA as well as working hard on trail maintenance projects! We appreciate Lilly’s constant smile (even ... Read More

4 May 2022

Rediscovering Lost Trails

2022-05-05T07:25:04-06:00May 4, 2022|1 Comment

By ITA Volunteer and Board Member Liz Bridges In the US, many of our most revered routes trace trails created by the native peoples of this continent. In Idaho, the Shoshone, Blackfoot, Paiute, Nez Perce and others had long established trails that connected spring foraging areas with summer hunting ... Read More

3 May 2022

Save Lost Trails!

2022-05-03T15:49:08-06:00May 3, 2022|0 Comments

Volunteers from a 2020 Little Queens River Trail project sawed many logs to clear this trail. But more work is needed to open up the Queens/Little Queens 30-mile loop. We have two projects scheduled on this lost trail and we are hoping to complete the loop this ... Read More

31 Mar 2022

Backpacking 101

2022-03-31T09:21:53-06:00March 31, 2022|0 Comments

New to backpacking? We have some awesome ways coming up for you to learn the basics! This year we are excited to kick off our Backpacking 101 series. We'll be hosting webinars, in-person events, and trail projects to teach you how to feel comfortable, be safe, and respect ... Read More

28 Feb 2022

Remembering John Platt

2022-02-28T16:16:13-07:00February 28, 2022|0 Comments

On February 8, 2022, we were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of John Platt. John was one of the leaders of the Idaho Trails Association. He served on our Board of Directors, volunteered to lead many of our trail crews, was a valued teacher, and ... Read More

26 Feb 2022

Volunteer Spotlight: Tom Dabrowski

2022-02-28T13:14:57-07:00February 26, 2022|0 Comments

About Tom Tom’s been fortunate to hike and climb in some of the most beautiful places in the world, especially right here in Idaho. To help others enjoy outdoor adventures, he’s led hundreds of hiking and climbing trips and served as an instructor for classes in rock, snow, ... Read More

16 Feb 2022

A Tribute to Clem Pope

2022-03-30T15:56:10-06:00February 16, 2022|2 Comments

By Jeff Halligan Clem Pope passed away on February 2, 2022.  He led a life of true adventures, friendship, laughter and love and was a great and caring friend, brother, father, and partner to Diane. Clem leaves behind a huge number of friends and acquaintances throughout the world and will ... Read More

12 Feb 2022

Zero Waste Resources

2022-02-28T02:45:17-07:00February 12, 2022|0 Comments

Did you miss our webinar about reducing waste in the backcountry? You can watch the recorded presentation here! We welcomed Ana Lucía, a thru-hiker who completed the Pacific Crest Trail in 2021, to share her zero waste journey with us. Her presentation included a lot of awesome recommendations for ... Read More

3 Jan 2022

Volunteer Spotlight: John Wheaton

2022-02-25T14:26:23-07:00January 3, 2022|1 Comment

John serves as Treasurer on ITA's Board of Directors. He is originally from rural northern Idaho and appreciates the region’s dark forests, abundant water and fluid weather. Since moving to Boise 26 years ago, he has enjoyed southern Idaho’s blue skies and year round outdoor recreational opportunities. If he is ... Read More

7 Dec 2021

Welcome to Alex!

2021-12-07T16:54:05-07:00December 7, 2021|0 Comments

We are excited to introduce to you Alex Cravener, the newest member of our staff joining us as ITA’s Trail Projects Director! Alex will soon be working with volunteers and coordinating all things related to our trail projects. Alex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and has been living in Boise ... Read More

25 Nov 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

2021-11-25T08:50:06-07:00November 25, 2021|0 Comments

Today I am thankful for you- our volunteers and members. I can see snow outside my window and, since trail folks are always thinking about trails, my mind wanders to my favorite wild places and how most Idaho trails must be blanketed in white by now. Here at ITA, if ... Read More

1 Nov 2021

Introducing ITA’s new logo!

2021-11-01T09:01:53-06:00November 1, 2021|0 Comments

Big news! We are proud to share with you our new logo as part of a larger campaign to refresh our brand!  Our previous logo served us well over the past ten years and we wanted to keep many of the same elements and colors while creating an updated design. ... Read More

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

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 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. 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

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