See you on the trail!
Sept 11 – Giant White Pine
Giant White Pine trails out of Harvard, ID. Trails there are rated moderate with several elevation changes. Pit toilet and water available.
Hike will be about 4-5 miles. There are different loops we can take. Bring water and lunch, we’ll be eating back at the campground when the hike’s over.
Limited parking available at the campground trail head, so we will be car pooling from Lewiston. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Lewiston Community Center.
Who’s up for a soak in Stanley Hot Springs?
I know I’m ready to get back out on the trail, and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the cooler weather than while soaking in a natural hot spring. Who’s with me?
Stanley Hot Springs is about 6 miles out from the Wilderness Gateway Campground on Highway 12. We’ll start off at the Wilderness Gateway Trailhead, or Boulder Creek Trail #211. The beginning of the trail is a short, but somewhat steep climb before the trail levels out a bit and the going gets easier. Last time we were out this way was in October of 2018 and the fall colors and misty clouds created quite the atmosphere.
About the time you’re ready to sit down for a bite to eat, trail #211 meets up with trail #222, which leads down to Stanley Hot Springs. There is a river crossing we’ll have to navigate, but the waters will be low this time of year.
Check out our blog post from 2018, Warming Up at Stanley Hot Springs, to see pictures of the trail, river crossing, and springs. Take note, it was cold when last we went. It is advisable to bring gloves and a warm hat and extra layers. Be prepared for rain, too, just in case.
We’ll meet up at the Kooskia weigh station at 8:45 AM for anyone who wants to carpool/caravan to the trailhead. Our goal will be to meet up at the trailhead by 10:00 AM. If you have the time, you might enjoy camping at the Wilderness Gateway Campground the night before.
The pups and I will be staying the night at the hot springs, but day hiking is also an option if you’re comfortable with 12 miles in one day. The soak will probably help!
Sept 25 – Joseph, Oregon
West Fork Wallowa River – Ice Lake trail
Rating – Moderate to Difficult
Distance 8-9 miles round trip.
Recommend good well worn boots, and hiking poles. Rocky trail. This is not a U.S. Ked trail.
Trailhead begins at the end of the road uphill from Wallowa Lake Resort community, past the trail ride stables.
We’ll meet at the parking lot in Asotin, by the tennis courts/riverside. We’re leaving PROMPTLY at 7:00 a.m. This is a 2 hour drive over. We want to congregate with other hikers should they decide to avail themselves of a nice weekend in the Wallowas, at 9:00 a.m.
Please let us know if you plan on meeting us at Wallowa trailhead. Bring sufficient water and lunch. We’ll eat in view meadows mid day.
If you plan to car pool bring your proof of vaccination.
Isabella Landing Trail #297 traces the shoreline of the North Fork Clearwater River as it pours into Dworshak Reservoir.
We were going to hit this trail in July but got smoked out by all the fires. So, who’s up for a retake before we get blocked out by all the snow?
We’ll meet up at the Orofino City Park at 8:00 AM. From there, we can caravan or carpool up to Isabella Landing and aim to hit the trail by 10:00 AM. Feel free to meet up with us at either location.
A quick glance at a weather report suggested low 50’s and cloudy for Saturday, the 23rd, so come prepared! Sturdy shoes, a rain coat, hiking poles if you like them, a lunch, and plenty of water are all recommended.
Can’t wait to see you there!
“The Cold Springs Trail is the kind of trail I imagine when I think of hiking through the forest. Dappled sunlight plays along a trail undulating beneath a dense tree canopy. Birds call from branches high over head, and little wooden bridges lead you across cool, tumbling streams. There are moments, despite the sounds of boats on the water and birds in the air, when the stillness is majestic.” (From: “Heating up on the Cold Springs Trail“)
Interested in exploring this trail for yourself? Join The Clearwater Trekkers on a day hike this Saturday, December 4th on this beautiful trail.
We’ll meet up at the Orofino City Park at 9:15 AM and carpool to the trailhead at 9:30. Or, feel free to meet us at the trailhead at 10:00 AM.
Cold Springs Trail is about 5 miles long, ending at the Cold Springs Group Camp. Our plan will be to hike about 3 miles out, do lunch with a view, and then head back. Of course, you can carry on all the way to the campground, or turn back early. Whatever suites your style.
Kids and dogs are welcome! Pack a lunch and plenty of water. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a wet/muddy trail. It is recommended to dress in layers to adjust between the cold temps and warming up as we hike.
See you on the trail!
Returning to our roots on the big Eddie Trail in January kind of became an unintentional trend for the Clearwater Trekkers. This year, let’s do it right with a New Year’s Day hike on one of our favorite local trails. With easy access and free parking, this hike on the Big Eddy Trail is a great way to break up the cabin fever and stretch our legs.
We shouldn’t need snowshoes, but recent weather will have made good boots worthwhile. Expect snow and mud on the trail, as well as plenty of ups and downs.
Also, expect good views of the lake. Whether we have blue skies or misty fog, there will be plenty of opportunities to put your camera to work.
We’ll meet up in the Big Eddy Marina parking lot near the bathrooms and playground. Kids and dogs are welcome! Dress in layers for the weather, bring a lunch and plenty of water.
See you on the trail! And Happy New Year!
All right! We are back on for our Big Eddy Trail day hike in Orofino on Saturday, January 22nd. We’ll meet up at the trailhead parking lot at 10:00 AM. For anyone who hasn’t been there before, we can meet at the Orofino City Park at 9:30 AM and carpool to the trailhead.
The weather is looking tolerable between now and then. Accuweather even shows 44 degrees and sunny on the 22nd! (For now.) I don’t expect we’ll need snowshoes, but good, dry boots will be desirable since we do expect some downed trees and snow to hike through. Hats, gloves, and sunglasses may also help. Dress in layers that can be removed as you warm up but added back on when we stop for lunch.
We’ll hike out about 4 miles to a campsite for lunch and then hike back to our vehicles. The trail continues on for another 6 miles to the Dworshak State Park at Freeman Creek, if anyone wants to continue on past our lunch stop. It’s even possible to put a car there, thru hike the trail, and then shuttle people back, but you’ll have to get an early head start to set that up.
The Big Eddy Trail was our first trail as a club, so making tracks there in January is a nice tradition. I look forward to seeing you on the trail!
Third times the charm, right? Let’s get our boots dirty!
This weekend, February 19th-20th, let’s meet up at the Big Eddy Recreation and Launch Area parking lot at 10:00 AM PST. We’ll hike the Big Eddy Trail out to campsite 4.7 where we’ll do lunch. After lunch, feel free to head back to the trailhead or join Jacob and I as we continue on to campsite 5.0 for the night.
True Idaho weather will likely have the trail all sorts of sloppy. Come prepared for mud, slush, and ice, maybe even patches of snow. Come prepared for the wet so anything dry is a pleasure.
We recommend dressing in layers to accommodate the weather and the hiking. Wear sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots. Hiking poles will come in handy. Pack at least a lunch, or more if you’re staying overnight with us. And bring plenty of water. Of course, we can also filter lake water.
If you are interested in staying over night but have questions, please feel free to reach out. Also, if you can’t make it out on Saturday but can on Sunday, we’d love to cross paths with you!
See you on the trail!
The Merry’s Bay Trail is an easy, 1.25-mile hike that starts in the Bruce’s Eddy Boat Launch parking lot and ends at the Merry’s Bay campground. The trail offers long views of Dworshak Reservoir and a fun amble through the trees. This is a great trail for beginning hikers, those getting out for the first time this season, and for kids, too! (And dogs!)
We’ll stop at Merry’s Bay for a rest and snack/lunch break. From Merry’s Bay, anyone who wants to can head back to Bruce’s Eddy for a 2.5-mile day hike. Those who would like to, can follow us up the road out of Merry’s Bay and up onto the Westridge Trail. We’ll follow the Westridge Trail east toward the old rock pit. Trail 102 cuts in behind the rock pit and drops us back down near the Bruce’s Eddy parking lot. The entire loop is about 4.25 miles.
We can expect snow and mud on the trails. The weather is looking decent for Saturday, March 26th so far, but it’s best to come prepared for cool weather and possible rain. Bring a sack lunch and plenty of water. Hiking poles are handy, too, if you have ’em.
Let’s meet up at the trailhead in the Bruce’s Eddy parking lot at 10:00 AM. We should be back to our vehicles by 2:30 or 3:00 PM if we do the full loop. Those sticking to the Merry’s Bay Trail can expect to be back at the parking lot by 12:30 or 1:00 PM.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. See you on the trail!
Chris Wilkerson is headed out on the Big Eddy Trail this weekend and would love for fellow Trekkers to join him. If you’re looking to stretch your legs on the trail, meet Chris in the Big Eddy Boat Launch parking lot at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 2nd.
The last time The Trekkers were on Big Eddy, there were quite a few downed trees, so take your time and be careful. Nothing was impassable, though. We all did just fine.
Wear sturdy shoes, trail runners are fine, and layer for warmth. This trail gets your heart going right from the get go, but over all, it’s an easy to moderate hike that follows the hillside along the lake.