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    Snowshoeing at Craters of the Moon

    Well, I havent posted for a while, but now I am getting back out playing again. It's about time. Being from Southern Utah, I was stationed here at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho in November after Air Force Basic Training and Tech School and now get to find new things to do here.

    We took a trip out to Craters of the Moon this last weekend for some snowshoeing on the North Crater Trail. We started off at the Visitor Center and followed the groomed x-country ski trail to the pass between Paisley Butte and North Crater. After topping the pass we descended the meadow leading up to Inferno Cone and then jumping on the trailhead at the Spatter Cones. From here we traversed to the rim of Big Craters and awed at the depth and grandeur of the sleeping volcanoes. After lunch and snapping a few pictures, we made it to the base of North Crater, wrapping around its west base, and descending the rocky gully onto the North Crater Flow. Little Sketchy here as there are hidden crevasses. But we followed the stakes and stayed safe. From the flow, we route found our way on top of the bench that rests on the north side of North Crater back to the groomed x-country trail. The trip was very rewarding and one of the best ways to see the park in solitude. It took us about 5 hours to do the 6 mile trip, with us cutting fresh snow for about 4 miles. Enjoy some pics, and a map I made highlighting some good winter routes. Oh yeah, we also got in a good soak at a natural hot spring near Carey, ID on the way home.

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    Thanks. Great TR and and added side benefit of letting me see how much snow they have there. There is a little ski lift near there that the town of Arco runs sometimes and they don't groom the hill so it is perfect for powder snowboarding. They open on occasion, when they feel like it, and only if there is enough snow (of course).

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    Good to see you back around on Bogley. Great report!


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    Nice report, where was the hot spring on the map?
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    Hey Kurt, It was Wild Rose Hot Spring right here: 43.364642,-113.789113. It wasn't super hot, nor very clean, but definitely relaxing.
    If you are wondering what my wife and I are doing in my Avatar... we are laughing at all you funny looking Bogleyites!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerhirshfeld View Post
    Hey Kurt, It was Wild Rose Hot Spring right here: 43.364642,-113.789113. It wasn't super hot, nor very clean, but definitely relaxing.




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    Very cool. Great shots!

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