Our first ITA backpacking clinic will provide a chance for new and experienced backpackers to get together and share ideas on how to better enjoy this sport. ITA will provide pre-trip support for packing and food planning. We will be working on the Lake Fork Trail in the beautiful Payette National Forest. This portion of the trail is considered easy with an elevation gain of about 250 feet. We’ll pack up together at the trailhead and discuss some best practices, and then hike about 2 miles to camp. We’ll work on improving the trail as we go, cutting out logs, doing tread work, and improving drainage. You can expect a wide range of weather conditions in early to mid-June and portions of the trail will likely still have snow. It’s a perfect time to get out and learn more about backpacking before the summer heat!
Difficulty Rating: 2 – Moderate: Hiking short distances, carrying packs and tools, minimal elevation gain.
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Estimated Drive Time to Meeting Spot: The Crew will meet at the East Fork of the Lake Fork Trailhead, just past Lake Fork Campground, which is approximately 9.5 miles from McCall at the start of Lick Creek Road near Ponderosa Park. The drive from McCall to the trailhead takes about 30 minutes.
Road Considerations: Lick Creek Road turns to gravel about 4 miles from McCall. Generally, the gravel portion of the road is in good shape although in early to mid-June it can be a little rough. An all-wheel drive vehicle is recommended but likely not required.
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