Post Falls & Coeur d’Alene Wanderings and Selway River Backpack

April 22 – May 5, 2019 The past two weeks have been a blur as we’ve been spending time with family and friends, working on spring projects around the house, and I’ve been working extra hours to meet a self-imposed deadline at work. Time is flying by and we’re already asking ourselves how we managed …

Idaho’s Bitterroot Divide: Goose Lake Backpack, Sept 2018

Nice mountain lake along the Idaho-Montana border Distance: 13 miles roundtrip Type: out and back Difficulty: moderate with 1,472′ elevation gain Best season: summer – fall Goose Lake along the Bitterroot Divide, the mountain crest that forms the border between Idaho and Montana, first caught my attention when a former college professor of mine said, …

Idaho’s Mallard-Larkins Pioneer Area: Heart Lake Backpack, Aug 2017

Stunning sub-alpine mountain lake with delicious huckleberries & very curious neighbors Distance: 16.5 miles round trip Type: out and back Difficulty: moderately difficult with approximately 2,500′ elevation gain and 1,300′ loss to Heart Lake Best season: mid-late summer thru early fall  The sub-alpine lakes of Idaho’s Mallard-Larkins had been on my bucket list for years. This …

Idaho’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness: Diablo Lookout, July 2013

360 degree views of the Bitterroot Divide from this lookout along the Idaho-Montana border Distance: 11.5 miles round trip Type: out and back Difficulty: moderately difficult with 1,700′ elevation gain Best season: July – October I’m a sucker for lookouts. Who isn’t—their views are stunning. Diablo Lookout along the Idaho-Montana border had been on our …

Idaho’s Seven Devils: Heaven’s Gate & Lower Cannon Lake, Aug 2011

Views of four states from a lookout above America’s deepest river gorge and a beautiful alpine lake Distance (round trip): Heaven’s Gate Lookout 0.7 miles; Lower Cannon Lake 8.4 miles Type: both are out and back hikes Difficulty: Heaven’s Gate has 300′ elevation gain, but is a short and easy trail; Lower Cannon Lake is …

North Central Idaho: Weitas Creek Backpack, June 2016

Pretty mountain stream with no crowds Type: out and back Distance: 20 miles round trip (can be made shorter or longer to suit the individual) Difficulty: moderate with around 1,500′ elevation gain over the trip Best season: May – October  We had been curious about hiking the Weitas Creek trail for some time.  We had …

Fire on the Mountain: Idaho’s Grave Peak Lookout, Aug 2010

Climb to a rare D-6 lookout along the ID-MT border with spectacular views of the Bitterroot Divide Distance: 9.0 miles Type: out and back Difficulty: moderately difficult with 3,080′ total elevation gain Best season: July – September Bud Moore’s book The Lochsa Story: Land Ethics in the Bitterroot Mountains, served as the catalyst for our …

After the Fire: Idaho’s Selway River, April 2016

Day hike or backpack along one of Idaho’s wildest and most beautiful rivers Distance: 13.5 miles round trip for our two day backpack   Type: out and back (a long shuttle makes a 50 mile backpack possible—on our bucket list!) Difficulty: easy to moderate depending on distance (good tread and minimal elevation gain make this …