Don't let this route fool you. It is much more difficult than it looks on paper. Down trees, primitive trail that disappears at times, bushwhacking, and many river crossings are just a few of the challenges you will face on this route. However, you’ll be rewarded with pristine alpine lakes, craggy mountaintops, the Queens River Canyon, and solitude.
The Queens River Trailhead is located 5 miles west of Atlanta, Idaho. Turn North onto China Basin Road at the Queens River Campground, and drive 2 more miles until reaching the trailhead and parking area. From the trailhead, cross the bridge and turn left on #454 up the Little Queens River, left at the fork for Trail #459 heading North, right on #494 heading East along Johnson Creek, and back to #458 all the way down the Queens River and back to the parking area.
Take a side trip to Browns Lake, take a dip in Pats Lake, or climb 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.
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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