Boise County has only 3 remaining unclimbed 10k+ peaks, all deep in the heart of the Sawtooth Wilderness. But I have been increasing my trail running mileage for months, and these peaks presented the perfect chance to test my abilities.
Ruby Dome is the highest peak in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. I've heard the phrase "best kept secret" thrown around a lot when talking about different wild places, but the Ruby Mountains truly earn the title. We visited this beautiful wilderness full of towering peaks and alpine lakes on 4th of July and only saw one other group. Brilliant.
The North Fork Owyhee Wilderness (NFO) must be one of the least visited wilderness areas in Idaho, if not the country. Without the dramatic, sweeping canyons of nearby areas, it's a bit of a mystery. However, on our second excursion into the area this spring we found a reason the NFO should be on every Idaho backpacker's shortlist.
This fall we had a short weekend free and were itching for a quick, easy overnight backpacking trip. We also really wanted to camp by an alpine lake. So I was curious . . . what is the closest alpine lake to Boise? A search of Google Earth turned up a nice looking lake only 35 miles (straight-line, not driving) from town. And even better? I could find next to nothing about the lake on the internet.
I like to explore new places. I rarely return to the same place twice. There is one exception: Grand Canyon National Park. Why? Saying you're going back to Grand Canyon is like saying you're going back to California. It's huge and most of it's secrets require you sacrifice time, sweat and nerves before they reveal themselves. Our latest trip took us far from the crowds on the South Rim into a new part of the canyon as fresh as any new destination.