Dog Friendly Between the Creeks Hike in the Owyhee Wilderness

Casey Mattoon @caseymattoon

Idaho Sierra Club office - Boise, ID
503 W Franklin St

Sat, May 4, 2019 at 2:30 PM - 11:00 PM

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The Owyhees were designated as Wilderness by Congress in 2009 as part of the Owyhee River Wilderness and encompasses over 50,000 acres. Visitors to this area will experience towering basalt canyons, rolling hills covered by sagebrush and wildflowers, as well as the chance to see bighorn sheep, sage grouse, and other species. Come hike Between the Creeks Hike and learn about Idaho’s Owyhee Canyonlands. Meet at the Sierra Club office at 8:30 am and we will carpool over as a group. The hike itself: Moderate in difficulty. About 3-7 miles round trip. There is an elevation gain of about 1000 feet from the trailhead to the top of the butte. There is a trail to follow to the top of the butte. After that, the trail dissipates but the butte itself is flat and easy to traverse. The Between the Creeks trail starts at a wilderness kiosk at the base of Shoofly Creek and goes to a butte that is between the West Fork of Shoofly Creek (Perjue Canyon) and the East Fork of Shoofly Creek. From the trailhead to the top of the butte, it is about 1.5 miles. At mile 1, the trail passes an abandoned cabin. At the top of the butte, there are options to walk along either rim of the butte, which could make the hike longer depending on the group. It's a cool canyon. The drive: It will be a 4-5 hour round trip drive, with about 20 of those miles being on an unpaved BLM road. The road requires at least the clearance of a Subaru Outback, and probably AWD or 4WD. It's a relatively flat and tame road by Owyhee backroad standards, though. Level: Moderate Cost: Free Signup Instructions: This is in rattlesnake country. This time of year, they are definitely out. We need to emphasize to people that they should not wander off-trail of away from the group without thinking about this risk. Bring: - Shoes you're comfortable hiking uphill in, on silty or muddy trails and cheatgrass-filled slopes- Plenty of water (2 liters or more)- Sunscreen- A packed lunch- Rain jacket (weather dependent)- A lightweight, warm, upper-body layer in case you get cold- A backpack- Trekking poles (optional)- Camera (optional) Carpool: Carpool heading out from the Sierra Club. The road requires at least the clearance of a Subaru Outback, and probably AWD or 4WD. Note: Carpool transportation is at the sole risk of the participants. Cancellation Policy: Any rain cancels