2013 in review

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Robbers Roost Trail, Idaho – 7/6/13

I went on one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on this past Saturday, to Robbers Roost Trail, near Inkom, Idaho. I met up with my hiking partner, Vic, in Inkom (marked B on the below maps), then headed to the turn off for the dirt/rock road (marked C below) which would lead us to where we would start the hike.

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We then took the highlighted road below to a clearing where we started the hike. From that point it was bush whacking to the dotted orange line, which is the Boundary Trail. That lead us to the dashed orange line, which is the Robbers Roost Trail. The topo map below is the actual GPS track of our hike out and back. Below those is a screen shot of the Trimble Outdoors page for our hike from the GPS file. It was a total of 8.16 miles for the hike, out and back.

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Below are photos I took that are about a quarter mile from where we parked the truck and started bush whacking. The first picture is looking east toward Haystack Mountain. The second photo is looking south/southwest, and captures Old Tom Mountain on the left and Scout Mountain on the right. The third photo also shows those two mountains as well as Indian Mountain on the far right. The fourth photo is looking south, Oxford Peak is on the left and Elkhorn Peak is on the right.

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After the bush whacking, we followed a game trail which would end up leading us to the Boundary Trail. That in turn would lead us to the Robbers Roost Trail.

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Once we started up the Robbers Roost Trail, we were able to see more of Haystack Mountain and the surrounding rock cliffs.

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We then came upon a really cool hole in the rock and trees that the trail lead you through. Of course, Vic being the smart-ass he is, advised I could go around if I couldn’t fit my wide body through.

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Some miscellaneous shots along the way.

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We ran into some faded Himalayan prayer flags along the way, which was kinda cool.

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We made our final push for the ridge line and the end of the Robbers Roost Trail.

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Finally made the top!

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Views to the west of the ridge line.

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Views to the east of the ridge line.

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First picture below is looking north, and second looking south along the ridge line.

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Two final shots that I took on the way back down.

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Here’s the video from the hike:

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Indian Mountain – 6/15/13

The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Such was the case for Saturday’s hike of Indian Mountain. We (me and my hiking partner, Vic) had planned on taking a shorter, less arduous route to the summit from the east. The two screen shots below depict the route that we planned to take. This route was from the opposite side of Indian Mountain than the one I attempted previously, which was from the west.

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The screen shot below is of the round that we took to get to the trail head. Turning onto Indian Creek Road, we followed it down to what we assumed would be the trail head.

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What we found at the red vertical line was a a bit disheartening…


Ok, so this was not the actual sign we saw, but it was crudely handwritten and said in no uncertain terms that there was to be no trespassing and violators would be prosecuted. There was also had a large cattle gate across the road that was locked and chained multiple times. Considering how touchy property owners in these parts can get, we thought we would see if the house nearby might be the owner and grant us permission. We ambled over to the driveway only to find another no trespassing sign, a beware of dog sign and a keep off property sign. Denied!

We seriously considered bagging the hike altogether when one of us had the not so bright idea of having another go at one of the west side routes (that would be me). We jumped in our vehicles again and headed back to town and Mink Creek Road, which we followed until we reached the Kinney Creek trail head. Vic and I took the same route to the summit, but our routes back to the trail head differed quite a bit. His GPS is his whole trip, not split showing to and from.

My trip up:

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My trip down:

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Here is Vic’s GPS track for his entire trip:

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The first picture below is one I found on the net of Indian Mountain. The remaining photos I took on the hike itself.

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We decided to take the south ridge route to the summit (uuggh, what a grind) compared to the steeper face route, which I ended up taking down from the summit.

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Once we finally reached the upper ridge line that would lead us to the summit, we had some nice views.

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First pic is looking down at the route we had just come up, the second is of Vic on his way south, along the upper ridge line to the summit, which can’t be seen yet.

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The final push for the mountain itself (first pic below), then another quarter mile to the actual summit.

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Finally reached the summit marker. Didn’t notice a register, but the place was swarming with horse flies, and we didn’t stay long enough to go digging around in the cairn. Beautiful views of the surrounding area.

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Below is the video I took of the trip, well, at least the portion of it that differed from the video of my last attempt to summit this mountain.

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Big Southern Butte – 6/8/13

We got a relatively early start on the day, driving the 77 some odd miles to the Big Southern Butte trail head in a little under two hours. It was a beautiful day, low 80′s with a nice breeze (it would get much windier once we were on the Butte). The skies were clear, but a haze settled in over much of Eastern Idaho for the day, which kinda put a damper on distant objects in our photos. Below is the route we took to get to the Butte trailhead. I included both the terrain as well as the satellite maps so you get a better idea of the surrounding landscape.

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Below are pictures of the Butte from Big Southern Butte “Road.” I put road in quotations because if you don’t have a high clearance, four wheel drive vehicle, I would not even attempt driving down it. As you can see, you are really out in the middle of nowhere during the drive to the Butte. In the third photo is my hiking partner for the day, Vic. Oh, we also came upon a rattlesnake on the way. I think it is a Western Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis. See the video at the bottom of this post, you can hear the rattlesnake shake it’s rattle. The last picture in the series is just to show you scale, as well as what the surrounding landscape looks like.

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We arrived at the Big Southern Butte “Airport” and  the drove up to the trailhead. As you can see, “airport” is a bit of an overstatement. We had some nice views even from the trailhead itself.

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Below are the Trimble Outdoors and Endomondo pages for my hike (both up and down portions).  I also included a screenshot of the route that Vic took, as it was slightly different up, as he was able to find a short cut. The trip down was the same for both of us. Total trip mileage for me was 6.16 miles, for Vic it was 5.42 miles.

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When we finally reached the summit, the views were spectacular, but hazy. The fire lookout was in real disrepair (read near ruin), but there was an outhouse, how considerate! I took some pictures of the inside of the lookout, it’s a shame that some jerk(s) had to vandalize it. Also, why the hell do people not subscribe to the “Pack it in, Pack it out” philosophy?? There was a bunch of garbage people left in that fire lookout…  Anyway, we hung out and had lunch, then headed back.

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Finally, here is the video from the hike. Please pardon the shakiness as well as the general quality of it. I am an amateur photographer/movie maker at best.

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Big Southern Butte on Saturday


A co-worker friend of mine and I will be hiking Big Southern Butte this Saturday. Two weeks ago, I did some scouting of the Butte and took some pictures, which you will find below.

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Below is the general route we will take, although we are looking at possibly going off trail/road.

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