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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

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

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

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

17 Mar 2020

ITA Response to COVID-19

2020-03-17T13:35:17-06:00March 17, 2020|0 Comments

The health and safety of our staff, members, family and community are our number one priority.   In response to the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak and the concern it poses to everyone’s health and well-being, our entire staff will be implementing best practices which will still allow us to do our jobs ... Read More

13 Mar 2020

Featured Projects

2020-03-13T10:54:09-06:00March 13, 2020|0 Comments

With so many great projects on the schedule, it's hard to even know where to start! Here are a few that we are especially excited about: April 26 - May 2 • North Central Idaho • Gospel Hump Wilderness • Sheep Creek Jet Boat TripJet boat from Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp, outside of ... Read More

13 Mar 2020

Our 2020 Project Schedule is Live!

2020-03-13T10:42:48-06:00March 13, 2020|0 Comments

We're so excited to announce that our project schedule is open to members to sign up! There are so many great maintenance and monitoring trips this year and we can't wait to get out on the trail with you. We have projects from one to seven days and ranging from easy to difficult. Our Members-Only sign-up period will be ... Read More

29 Feb 2020

Social Media Etiquette in the Outdoors

2020-03-16T13:45:38-06:00February 29, 2020|0 Comments

On January 29th, as part of the ITA Trail Master Presentation Series, board member Pam Bond and Leave No Trace Ambassador Evan Worthington discussed the potential impacts, good and bad, of sharing our outdoor experiences through social media like Facebook and Instagram.  Those who attended had varying opinions about how ... Read More

28 Jan 2020

Nearly 8,000 hours of service in 2019!

2020-02-08T16:46:04-07:00January 28, 2020|0 Comments

Since ITA’s start in 2010, the number of projects, volunteers, and supporters has grown every year. 2019 was no exception! Two hundred and seventy-seven volunteers contributed 7,996 hours of service and completed a total of 37 trail projects across the state. 2019 Totals: Miles of trail cleared- 189.5 Week-long Projects ... Read More

21 Dec 2019

Crew Leader Spotlight: John McCarthy

2020-02-08T16:58:30-07:00December 21, 2019|1 Comment

Going from freezing morning temperatures to an 80-degree bluebird afternoon is just part of the fun and excitement of an Idaho Trails Association project. In early June, our ITA crew started the day at Meyers Cove with a thick layer of frost on our tents. By afternoon we’d hiked 16 ... Read More

18 Dec 2019

Preserving Traditional Tools and Skills

2020-02-08T17:04:10-07:00December 18, 2019|0 Comments

This week, we would like to highlight why ITA chooses to use traditional tools and skills for our work. We are fortunate enough to have our work take place in the wilderness. But what does wilderness really mean? Wilderness can be a general term used to describe a tract or region of land ... Read More

3 Dec 2019

Giving Tuesday

2020-02-02T16:15:23-07:00December 3, 2019|0 Comments

Amidst the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, join us on December 3rd for Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving. Giving Tuesday is your chance to support the community organizations that contribute to your way of life. For the outdoor enthusiast there are plenty of ways to support ... Read More

26 Nov 2019

Women Only Weekends- WOW!

2020-02-08T17:05:25-07:00November 26, 2019|1 Comment

This week we highlight our Women Only Weekends (WOW) and it's official! WOW has become an official Idaho Trails Association program called ‘Women in the Wild’. This program was unintentionally created last season when ITA partnered with the Boise Bold Betties Chapter for an all-ladies trail maintenance weekend. It was ... Read More

18 Nov 2019

First Season for ITA’s Youth Program

2020-02-08T17:06:21-07:00November 18, 2019|0 Comments

This week, we would like to highlight a new ITA initiative. As we know, one of the big pushes nationwide is to get America’s youth outside and away from the electronics and sedentary lifestyles. ITA has answered that call by starting our Youth Program for 14 to 18 year olds. With this program, we aim to get ... Read More

8 Nov 2019

Kirkwood Trail Bridge 2020

2019-11-08T13:15:34-07:00November 8, 2019|0 Comments

Don’t have a week? We are going to rebuild the bridge at Kirkwood Ranch in Hell’s Canyon! We are planning a weekend in Hell’s canyon at the Kirkwood ranch rebuilding a trail bridge. The plan will be to jetboat up to the ranch from Pittsburg landing and spend 2 days ... Read More

8 Nov 2019

Coyote Springs 2020

2020-02-16T15:26:22-07:00November 8, 2019|0 Comments

Fly into the Frank Church! Have you ever wanted to spend the week in one of the most remote places in the lower 48? We are looking at a flyin project where you will fly from McCall to Cold Meadows on a Monday Morning. The project is clearing the trail ... Read More

16 Apr 2019

2019 Volunteer Appreciation Parties

2020-02-02T16:25:55-07:00April 16, 2019|4 Comments

Mark your calendars, it's party time! Are you a current ITA member or have volunteered with us in the past? We are having two parties to celebrate YOU! Haven't volunteered with ITA before? No problem. New recruits are welcome as well. Signup to attend one of our volunteer appreciation parties: ... Read More

22 Feb 2018

Sandpoint Area Day Hikes

2022-02-24T13:23:03-07:00February 22, 2018|3 Comments

There are some really nice hikes in the Sandpoint, Idaho area that local members of the Idaho Trails Association can recommend. To make it easier for you to find these hikes, we suggest that you purchase 3 books that provide detailed information on each of our favorites: “Trails of the ... Read More

22 Feb 2018

Thank you Larry Callister!

2018-02-22T16:57:00-07:00February 22, 2018|0 Comments

A special thank you to ITA member Larry Callister for a donation of cross cut saws!  We are so thrilled to have these new additions to our tool cache.  The Simonds 513 is going to be limited to shows and demonstrations.  Come give it a try at the Spokane Great ... Read More

24 Jan 2017

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

2017-01-24T20:15:08-07:00January 24, 2017|0 Comments

Hello ITA supporters! Did you know if you are a Fred Meyer customer you can help the Idaho Trails Association just by shopping for your daily essentials? It's true. Just register your Fred Meyer Rewards card on their website, go to the Community Rewards link: then 're-enroll or link ... Read More

22 Dec 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Thom Klein

2016-12-29T09:50:02-07:00December 22, 2016|3 Comments

The Idaho Centennial Trail takes hikers 900 miles through some of Idaho’s most beautiful places. With the current rise in popularity of long distance hiking, it is high time that the ICT gets the recognition it deserves as one of America’s most rugged and remote hikes. But an increase in ... Read More

6 Dec 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Howard Shay

2016-12-06T11:46:59-07:00December 6, 2016|1 Comment

We here at ITA are proud to have grown beyond our Boise roots into the beautiful backcountry of North Idaho. From the Selkirks to the St. Joe, you’re sure to find some of the most pristine forests in the mountain West. Our volunteers have been hard at work improving trails ... Read More

28 Nov 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Tobey Jinkins

2016-11-29T06:21:09-07:00November 28, 2016|2 Comments

Without our volunteers, the Idaho Trails Association could not do the important work of keeping public trails open. As part of our 2016 membership drive, we’d like to introduce you to some of the folks that have made our projects so successful and fun. Tobey has volunteered on our Alice-Toxaway ... Read More

14 Nov 2016

Join Idaho Trails Association During Our 7th Annual Membership Drive

2016-12-08T20:10:43-07:00November 14, 2016|0 Comments

Become a Steward of Idaho’s Trails Join ITA During Our 7th Annual Membership Drive Dear Idaho Backcountry and Wilderness Trail Lovers: Idaho’s network of backcountry trails leads hikers to and through some of our state’s most beautiful, hidden places. As one of the state’s fastest growing volunteer-driven organizations dedicated to ... Read More

14 Aug 2016

Bee Top Connector Trail Work Debrief

2016-08-14T12:23:33-06:00August 14, 2016|1 Comment

On Tuesday, July 26, eleven volunteers helped work on the final sections of the new Bee Top Connector Trail in the Sandpoint Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This new trail will re-open access to the Bee Top/Round Top Trail #120 from the east end for the first ... Read More

1 Aug 2016

Hike of the Month: Deep Lake

2022-02-24T13:24:37-07:00August 1, 2016|0 Comments

Deep Lake Photo courtesy of: Distance: 1.8 miles out-and-back Total elevation gain: 550 feet Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 6,800 feet to 7,350 feet Topographic Map: Victor Peak Time: 1 hour Season: Late June through October Water Availability: Deep Lake Cautionary Advice: Trail travels through extensive burn area. ... Read More

8 Jul 2016

Hum Lake trail work party debrief

2016-07-08T19:27:45-06:00July 8, 2016|0 Comments

On July 2nd, 2016 ten volunteers donated 80 hours of volunteer time to clear the Hum Lake trail on the Krassel Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. We were met with clear blue skies, temperatures in the 60s and an empty Trailhead.  We started off with introductions and a safety ... Read More

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