Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Trail to Shafer Butte

Pete Zimowsky / Idaho Statesman

It's 4 miles in, which means an 8-mile round trip. Yikes!

Can I make it on cross-country skis? Well, I did or I wouldn't be writing this week's trail.

The trail to Shafer Butte campground at Bogus Basin's Nordic area is one heck of a long trek. At least it was for me, but there were some skate skiers on the trail who made it look easy.

The neat thing about the trail is that the farther out you get, the fewer skiers you see. The views along the way are gorgeous.

The Shafer Butte campground is a winter wonderland with great views of the mountains to the north toward Idaho City. Give it a try.

Trail of the Week

Open to: Classic, skate skiers and snowshoers.

Ideal for: Skiers. It's a long trek for snowshoers.

Trailhead elevation: About 6,188 feet.

Destination elevation: About 6,701 feet.

Length: 8 miles round trip.

Difficulty: Long, strenuous climbs.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: A few songbirds.

Notes/bathrooms: Restrooms are at Frontier Point Lodge. Rentals available. The trail fee for Nordic skiers is $12 for a full day; $10 for a half day (after 1 p.m.); and $8 at night after 4 p.m. For snowshoers, it's $5 a day, and $3 half-day or nights.

Information: 332-5390.

If there's a trail you'd like to see featured, call Niki Forbing-Orr at (208) 377-6446, or e-mail outdoors@idahostatesman.com.

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