Grant of $350 from the Pocatello Running Club.
For several years, the Portneuf River Back Country Horsemen have packed water up the mountain for the Pocatello Running Club's "Over the Top Race." They describe this race as one of Pocatello Idaho's most popular and beautiful singletrack trails in the City Creek Trail System.
The Pocatello Running Club uses money from sponsored races to support charitable causes. This year we were chosen to recive their support.
Because of the loss of our friend Rid Fisher in July, I delayed posting this report on the Chapters ride up Crane Creek, July 20. The Crane Creek ride is one of our regular riding trails. It is usually done in the Spring when daytime temperatures are not high. We knew it might be hot so we met at 8 am. To further minimize the effect of heat we rode counterclockwise around the loop so that climbing was done right away in the early morning hours. A rest, and refreshments was taken at a nice cool spot where Robber's Roost Creek crosses the boundry trail. Then after a little more climbing we rode north along the Boundry Trail. The view was great. Finally, we decended through open hillsides to the trailhead. It was good to socialize with old friends, and meet some relatively new people.
Idaho is blessed with thousands of square miles of open public land. However, access to the back country is by a network of fragile trails. Just as our roads need constant repair so do back country trails. When trails become washed out or blocked by natural downfall and overgrowth, people stop using them. Under use of a trail is as bad as over use. Horse back riders, hikers, back packers, mountain bikers, and trail runners, all share the same trail. PRBCH would like to promote cooperation among these trail users through planning, volunteer service, public education, and negotiation with government agencies.
The Federal government owns 61.6% of Idaho, only exceeded a little bit by Utah 64.9%, and a lot by Alaska 84.9%. However, Idaho has the greatest percent of its land in national forests 38.2% and it contains 4.8 million acres of wilderness, 3rd largest in the U.S..