See you on the trail!
This is a moderate hike with some steep climbs but the reward at the end is spectacular. We end up at a manned (or womanned) fire lookout which feels like it’s at the top of the world and the views are beautiful. Some of the trail is shaded. It’s about a 5 1/2 mile in and out hike with a 1,500 ft. elevation gain. Part of the challenge is the drive getting there. Your vehicle should be one with high clearance or all-wheel drive. We eat lunch at the lookout and in the past we’ve brought fresh fruit and veggies to the young lady working the lookout, but not too much, she’s only one person with a very small propane powered fridge.
Is there any better way to wrap up the hiking season than with a soak in a natural hot spring?
We’ll meet at the Kooskia weight station parking lot at 8:00 AM and carpool to the Wilderness Gateway Campground 1 hour farther east on Highway 12. Ours is Trail #211. Feel free to meet at the trailhead. We’ll hit the trail at 9:15 AM. The plan is to spend the night so we can enjoy the hot springs, but day hikers are welcome, too!
Our hike is about 6 miles one way. It starts off with an aggressive, uphill climb to get up onto Boulder Ridge. Once on top, the going should get easier. We’ll cross Boulder Creek when we turn south onto Trail #222, but the crossing should not be a problem this late in the season.
MRH posted a fantastic article on SummitPost.org about the Selway Crags. In it he provides a great description of our destination:
“Stanley hot springs is situated in the lower Huckleberry Creek drainage just upstream from its confluence with Boulder Creek. This hot springs has numerous good dispersed campsites and three pools…To reach these springs hike south from the Wilderness Gateway Campground on Trail 211. Near the mouth of Huckleberry Creek, turn right on the 221/222 trail and cross Boulder Creek. This crossing is potentially treacherous, especially at high water as Boulder Creek is a very large and rocky stream…Once Boulder Creek is crossed its just a few hundred yards on the trail to the pools.”
For our first hike of 2019, The Clearwater Trekkers will meet up at the Big Eddy Trailhead at 8:00 AM this Saturday the 12th. We’ll hike out to one of the campsites at the 3 or 5 mile marker, do lunch, then head back. How far we go will depend on trail conditions and how well we’re doing for the first hike of the year. LOL!
To get to the Big Eddy trailhead and boat launch, cross the bridge from Highway 12 into Orofino, then take your first left onto Riverside Ave (AKA Ahsahka Rd). Follow Riverside Ave past the Fish Hachery and across another bridge into Ahsahka. In a short distance, you’ll take a sharp right turn onto Viewpoint Rd, which will end at the Big Eddy boat launch parking lot. The trailhead is on the left side of the welcome center.
Be prepared for wet trail conditions. We’re expecting cloudy and 40 degree weather, so layer up. Bring a lunch and plenty of water, and don’t hesitate to reach out or comment if you have questions or suggestions. We’ll see you there!
The Clearwater Trekkers are headed to Winchester Lake for an easy winter walk along the 3.3 mile Lakeshore loop Trail on Saturday, February 23rd. We hope you’ll join us! It’s a great opportunity for new members to get to know us and for new hikers to get out on the trail.
We expect the trail to be covered with ice and snow, so bring sturdy boots and warm socks. An extra pair of shoes and socks for the ride home is a good idea, too! Layer up and be prepared for cold, wet weather just in case. Bring a sack lunch for after the hike and plenty of water.
We’ll meet up at the Winchester Dam parking lot at 9:00 AM. We won’t have to pay for parking there and the trail runs right through the parking lot. We should be able to circumnavigate the lake in an easy 3 to 4 hours. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
See you on the trail!
While the snows are up on the mountains, let’s head down into the river canyon! Join us for a hike up Rapid River in Riggins, Idaho on Saturday, March 23rd.
This is an easy to access trail with the trailhead just across from the Fish Hatchery at the end of Rapid River Road. It’s about 2 hours from Lewiston, so let’s meet at the trailhead at 9:00 AM.
The trail is not very difficult as it mostly just follows the river banks, but there are some spots where you walk up on the hillside. We will set the 3rd bridge as our goal, just like we did last time on this trail. Past the 3rd bridge, the trail climbs up on to the ridge. Please, do not hesitate to plan for a longer day if you are feeling adventurous!
Four-legged friends and children are welcome! We will have our lab and red healer with us (with leashes as needed), as well as our kids, 3 and 9 years old. Bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes, and a sack lunch.
See you on the trail!
Our friends with The Kayaking, Biking and sometimes Hiking Club on Meetup are headed to the North Fork of Asotin Creek on Saturday, April 13th. Here’s their description of the event:
“Out and back 5-mile hike along Asotin Creek. Bring lunch, water, and good hiking shoes. The path is rocky but not difficult.
Meet at 9 a.m. at Swallows Nest Park in Clarkston. Trailhead is about a half hour from Clarkston. Discovery pass is required. I have one and can take 3 with me.”
Let us know if you have Discover Pass as well, and if you can take a few hikers with you.
Meetup Event link:
April 27 – Colfax – Meet at the Community Center – 8:00 a.m.
This is an easy hike that follows an abandoned train track along the Palouse River. It’s flat with no hills. Distance 4 1/2 miles total. We frequently see wildlife which makes it more interesting. We usually eat our lunch at a small park in Colfax after the hike. This hike can be muddy, so bring appropriate footwear.
Hike the Big Eddy Trail, but this year we’ll start at Freeman Creek. It is a moderate in and out trail along the reservoir and then up into the forest, and can be between 6-8 total miles. Plan on eating lunch along the hike. There may be some folks who will hike the whole trail through to Big Eddy. We’ll meet at the Lewiston Community Center at 8 am, and carpool from there. An Idaho State Park Pass or $5 daily park entrance fee is required to park at the Freeman Creek takeoff point.