The Queens River Transfer Camp at the end of China Basin Rd, located just outside of Atlanta, Idaho, is your launching point for this loop. Down trees, primitive trail that disappears at times, and river crossings are just a few of the challenges you will face on this route. That’s not even counting the 60+ miles of dirt roads you must take to get to the trailhead! However, you’ll be rewarded with pristine lakes, the Queens River Canyon, and solitude. Take a side trip to Browns Lake or the peak of Mt Everly if you’re not going for speed. If you want to get into the Sawtooths but you want to avoid the crowds in areas like Redfish Lake, then this is the route for you. Water available throughout.
Route starts on Trail #458, then left on #454 up the Little Queens River, left at the fork for Trail #459 heading North, #494 heading East along Johnson Creek, and back to #458 all the way down the Queens River and back to the trailhead.
Wild Idaho Endurance Challenge events are self/unsupported wilderness fun runs. No course markings, no aid stations, no set date or time. You can complete them by yourself at any time or with a friend or two. Routes must be completed on foot and in one push. The nice part is that there are no cutoffs, so if you find a lake where you want to take a dip or a special viewpoint that you want to sit and enjoy, there is no pressure! Please take photos and visit the Facebook or Instagram pages afterwards and share with us how it went with a short trip report! You can either self report your time on the honor system, or you can submit your Strava/Gaia/Garmin/Suunto etc track. Please visit the website for GPS/GPX tracks of your route. Finishers will have their time posted and will be given a small swag bag.
To get people out into the wonderful wilderness areas that we have here! Information isn't always readily available for these areas and maps can be scarce and not always reliable. That can intimidate some that aren't as experienced outdoors-people. The goal is to empower people to get out into these wilderness areas, to raise awareness of them, and hopefully to protect them into the future.
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All profits from registration fees will be donated to wilderness conservation groups like the Idaho Trails Association and The Wilderness Society.