The Idaho Centennial Trail (ICT) has been a thru-hike on my radar for a very long time. After an attempt in '15 in which I fell short due to major wildfire closures (325m of the last 425m closed), I spent a few years pushing it off because I only had half of the trail to complete. After a PNT thru hike in '21, where the PNT and ICT intersect I made the decision then to attempt another thru hike in '22. Finally, in mid July of '22 I got to Upper Priest Falls. Finally, I got all of Idaho on foot.

Brief Description:
The ICT extends over 900 miles through vast wilderness tracts from the arid desert plains of southern Idaho to the Frank Church Complex and to the rain forest environs of northern Idaho. The ICT traverses very lonesome places with a deep history in land management and scenic beauty. Some of the highlights include the serrated Sawtooth and Bitterroot Ranges, the branches of the Salmon River, the Bruneau Desert, and the immense wilderness areas of the Frank Church River of No Return and the Selway-Bitterroot. The Frank Church is the largest wilderness complex in the Lower 48. The route was first envisioned by Roger Williams and Syd Tate in 1986 on an exploratory adventure into the rough hinterlands of Idaho. Because of the remoteness of this trail and the history of ravaging wildfires, the ICT can be overgrown with brush, crisscrossed with thousands of downed trees, and especially hard to navigate. Stretches between resupply are far apart with at least one station needing a resupply to be flown in by a backcountry airplane to a wilderness airstrip. If you are the adventurous type of long distance hiker with solid navigation and wilderness skills, then the ICT may be just for you.

2022 Blog Posts:

2015 Blog Posts:

Due to some personal matters I had to change my ICT plans from a NOBO June 2015 start to a NOBO August start. Eventually, the obvious potential for wildfires came into a stark reality and I was obstructed with an impenetrable wall that forced the closure of 350m of the last 425m of trail in the northern panhandle of the state. My ICT adventure ended in the smoky town of Elk City. Plans for completion are in the near future. Check out my journal entries for half of the ICT below. For excellent resource and ICT information please check Brian Frankle's website, as well as Gotta Walk's site. 

1 comment:

  1. I just finished the interview on the 23rd of July it was my favorite hike iv ever done