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29 Jun 2023

Opening up a lost trail

2023-06-29T11:34:57-06:00June 29, 2023|0 Comments

By Josh Davis, a 17-year-old ITA volunteer, photographer, and recent high school graduate. You can see more of his photos by following him on Instagram.  The South Fork Blackmare Creek trail project was my third and biggest project volunteering with ITA. Although I have worked on a multi-day ... Read More

30 May 2023

Beginner Backpacking Hikes

2023-05-30T17:09:56-06:00May 30, 2023|0 Comments

New to backpacking? Looking for a great spring warm-up? These backpacking trips were hand-picked by our staff and backpacking 101 instructors for being not only beautiful places to visit but also on the easier side of the scale for overnight backpacking trips. Not a beginner? These are all awesome ... Read More

30 May 2023

Trail Spotlight: Salmo Priest Loop

2023-05-30T10:42:40-06:00May 30, 2023|0 Comments

Our Trail Spotlight highlights day trips to multi-day hikes across Idaho. Trail conditions can change quickly- swollen rivers can become impassable, windstorms can knock trees down across trails, and snow can come earlier than expected. Please take these recommendations as a jumping off place and do additional research to understand current ... Read More

22 May 2023

Pack Your Summer Online Auction is Open!

2023-05-22T11:36:59-06:00May 22, 2023|0 Comments

Bidding is now open for ITA’s Second Annual Pack Your Summer Online Auction! We have over twenty unique items and experiences hand-picked just for our outdoor-loving, adventure-seeking members and supporters. Bid on these awesome items: Seven Devils Weekend Pack Trip featuring a gourmet dinner by chef Steve Weston Backpacking ... Read More

2 May 2023

Trail Spotlight: Sheep Creek

2023-05-11T08:31:29-06:00May 2, 2023|0 Comments

Our Trail Spotlight highlights trails across Idaho we think are worth hiking! Ranging from one-day to multi-day trips, these recommendations are for trails recently cleared or hiked by ITA volunteers. Trail conditions can change quickly- swollen rivers can become impassable, windstorms can knock trees down across trails, and snow ... Read More

7 Apr 2023

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Manning

2023-05-11T13:23:38-06:00April 7, 2023|0 Comments

 ITA volunteer Jim Manning first began leading crews last season and was awarded ITA’s coveted 2022 Crew Leader of the Year award (and given a special ITA mug to prove it!) We’re grateful to Jim for leading crews and making a difference for Idaho’s trails!  Tell me a little ... Read More

15 Mar 2023

Looking for volunteers for 2023!

2023-03-24T09:46:53-06:00March 15, 2023|0 Comments

ITA's 2023 volunteer schedule is out for signups for the public! We have one-day, weekend, and weeklong projects of varying degrees of difficulty scheduled across the state. We also have six projects scheduled for our Youth Trail Crew Program and six for our Women in the Wild Program. If ... Read More

24 Feb 2023

Volunteer Spotlight: Alisa Rettschlag

2023-02-24T16:17:03-07:00February 24, 2023|0 Comments

Alisa Rettschlag is an ITA super volunteer! She and her husband Gregg have been volunteering with ITA for a number of years and last year she took the plunge into crew leading AND teaching our Backpacking 101 class. It's easy to see she has a passion for teaching volunteers new ... Read More

30 Jan 2023

Volunteer Spotlight: Levi Armichardy

2023-01-30T17:04:49-07:00January 30, 2023|0 Comments

Idaho high school seniors must complete a “senior project” as part of their graduation requirements. While the criterion for completion varies from school to school, the basic requirement is that a senior take on a project, learn about it in-depth, then complete it by a certain date. Levi Armichardy, ... Read More

27 Nov 2022

#GivingTuesday is here!

2022-11-29T11:00:19-07:00November 27, 2022|0 Comments

Join us on #GivingTuesday, a day to come together around the causes you care about and communities you want to lift up. Idaho Trails Association is raising support to fund trail projects across Idaho in 2023. We want to inspire more communities and volunteers to come together to make ... Read More

15 Nov 2022

Love Your Idaho Trails!

2022-11-15T11:20:52-07:00November 15, 2022|0 Comments

ITA's Annual Membership Drive starts November 15 and runs through the end of the year. We need your help to reach our goal of $50,000 to support ITA's trail stewardship work in 2023. You can join or renew for $25, $50, $100 or more! Why do trails need our ... Read More

25 Oct 2022

Clay’s CDT Blog Part 10: Bagging Peaks

2022-10-25T10:54:52-06:00October 25, 2022|1 Comment

This summer, ITA crew leader and former employee Clay Jacobson will be hiking the Continental Divide Trail starting north and going south. The CDT spans over 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico and crosses through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. We’re happy to be following Clay along his journey ... Read More

29 Sep 2022

Volunteer Spotlight: Pauline Irish

2022-09-29T12:44:03-06:00September 29, 2022|1 Comment

ITA member and volunteer Pauline Irish has been working hard on ITA trail maintenance projects since 2021 and this spring was trained to become an ITA backcountry cook. She cooked for her first crew on the Little Queens River Women Only project in July. Pauline is also a skilled outdoor ... Read More

20 Sep 2022

Clay’s CDT Blog Part 8: Winter is Coming

2022-09-20T10:14:26-06:00September 20, 2022|3 Comments

This summer, ITA crew leader and former employee Clay Jacobson will be hiking the Continental Divide Trail starting north and going south. The CDT spans over 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico and crosses through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. We’re happy to be following Clay along his journey ... Read More

21 Aug 2022

Clay’s CDT Blog Part 6: Up and Down

2022-08-21T09:12:02-06:00August 21, 2022|0 Comments

This summer, ITA crew leader and former employee Clay Jacobson will be hiking the Continental Divide Trail starting north and going south. The CDT spans over 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico and crosses through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. We’re happy to be following Clay along his journey ... Read More

12 Aug 2022

The Future is Bright: ITA and SBFC collaboration focuses on next generation of trail stewards

2022-08-15T09:03:54-06:00August 12, 2022|0 Comments

Earlier this season, ITA collaborated with the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation on the Goat Ridge Youth project in the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest. Four ITA teen volunteers worked alongside three SBFC Wilderness Ranger Fellows with the objective to clear the Goat Ridge Trail starting at the Shearer ... Read More

11 Aug 2022

Volunteer Spotlight: Anna Jones

2022-08-15T09:02:48-06:00August 11, 2022|0 Comments

On her first ever ITA project earlier this year, Anna Jones, a communications manager who moved to Idaho two years ago from Mississippi, lost most of her camping gear. While the crew was out working on a project out of the Grandjean trailhead in the Sawtooth Recreation Area, sudden ... Read More

8 Aug 2022

Clay’s CDT Blog Part 5: Back in Idaho

2022-08-08T16:46:01-06:00August 8, 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. The CDT spans over 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico and crosses through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. We’re happy to be following Clay along his journey ... Read More

3 Aug 2022

WOW Little Queens

2022-08-11T15:35:00-06:00August 3, 2022|0 Comments

It is always a treat to spend a week in a place with a regal name, and the Women's Only Work Week left the Little Queen's Valley ruddy and rugged, if a little grubby, having earned a few crosscutting crowns. Nine women, some friends from before but all friends ... Read More

6 Jul 2022

Clay’s CDT Blog Part 2: And we’re off!

2022-07-14T08:30:42-06:00July 6, 2022|4 Comments

This summer, ITA crew leader and former employee Clay Jacobson will be hiking the Continental Divide Trail starting north and going south. The CDT spans over 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico and crosses through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. We’re happy to be following Clay along his journey ... Read More

29 Jun 2022

Follow Clay on his CDT journey!

2022-07-14T08:31:18-06:00June 29, 2022|5 Comments

This summer, ITA crew leader and former employee Clay Jacobson will be hiking the Continental Divide Trail starting north and going south. The CDT spans over 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico and crosses through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. We’re happy to be following Clay along his journey ... Read More

27 Jun 2022

Visit the Gospel-Hump Wilderness with ITA!

2022-07-14T08:03:01-06:00June 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

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