This years "Brother hike" took us to the Sawtooth Wilderness of Idaho. I made a pit-stop in Twin Falls to check out Shoshone Falls. It was impressive, but I'm guessing Spring is the best time to go based on water flow.
|A view of low run-off at Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls Idaho.|
|Let the hike begin!|
|The aftermath of the fire they had last year.|
|Giant wolf track on the trail.|
|A few Spruce Grouse. There were 6 babies with their mother.|
|15 inch Rainbow. The lake was full of these footballs.|
|Trout always taste the best when you're on a hike.|
|Jason struck gold first.|
|One of only a few Golden's I landed.|
Jason took off the next day on a 14 mile hike to several other lakes around the area. He caught several fish and said there were Golden Trout in a few of the lakes. I stayed back and fished Johnson lake tangling with the rainbows, loosing another lure. Jason made it back and we decided to hike out. We made great time getting back to the truck. It was interesting see wolf tracks that covered our tracks just a few day earlier. On the drive down along the Boise river, I noticed huge piles of rock along the banks. Jason told me it was slag from strip mining decades before. It was unbelievable how much of that river was destroyed. The river is healing though at least, and even bull trout are starting to show up in more numbers.
As much as this hike reminded me that I need to get in shape, it was still a great experience. There is nothing like being in the back country enjoying the solitude that comes with it. Now it's time to get my butt off the couch and get in shape for next years hike.
|Piles of mining slag along the river. This place was simply gutted!|