See you on the trail!
Shelli Clement will be taking point on this day hike on Saturday, June 26th at 10:00 AM.
This is an easy hike on a beautiful trail. The plan is to hike in about 4.5 miles to a gorgeous beach at Renshaw Creek where you’ll do lunch, then head on back. There is a creek crossing about 2 miles in at Packer Creek that you may want to bring sandals for, or just do it barefoot! Bring a sack lunch and some water. You’ll be hiking near the river, so you can bring a water filter rather than carry all your water for the day.
A good carpool meetup option is the weigh station outside Kooskia at 8:15 AM. You’ll want to leave the weigh station by 8:30 to get to the trailhead at Race Creek Campground by 10:00 AM.
Isabella Landing Trail #297 traces the shoreline of the North Fork Clearwater River as it pours into Dworshak Reservoir. This may be the ideal time to go hiking with our swimsuits on!
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.
Hopefully, we’ll get some good weather for this weekend and we can really enjoy the river. But then again, this is Idaho, so come prepared! Sturdy shoes, hiking poles if you like them, a lunch, and plenty of water are all recommended.
This will be the crowing event for The Clearwater Trekkers’ 2021 summer season! The last time we made it out to Heart Lake along the Smith Ridge Trail was in 2016. It was one of our best outings, and we all agreed that one night was simply not enough.
So this time, our plan is to hike 7.25 miles out to Heart Lake in the Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area on Friday, spend Saturday day hiking to Mallard Peak (3.25 miles from Heart Lake), and then returning to the Smith Ridge Saddle on Sunday. Of course, you could also just spend Saturday fishing in Heart Lake if you have a fishing license!
While this hike is definitely doable, it is NOT an easy hike. We will meet up at the Orofino City Park at 7:00 AM and carpool/caravan to the Smith Ridge Saddle up above Isabella Landing. Our goal is to be at the trailhead by 9:30 AM.
Day hikers are welcome to join us on Friday! Hike out, do lunch with us on the trail, and then head back.