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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

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

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