Since Friday, I’ve been mostly in the central Idaho backcountry. So there have been just a few posts.

It’s incredible how much of central Idaho has burned since 2000 when I finished my last edition of Hiking Idaho.

On the other hand, at the present autumn colors are just tremendous.

Warm Springs Creek. Frank Church Wilderness. Burned out in 2007. October 6, 2008. Copyright Ralph Maughan
Warm Springs Creek. Frank Church Wilderness. Burned out in 2007. October 6, 2008. Copyright Ralph Maughan

Pats Creek autumn leaves. Challis National Forest. This photo was taken Oct. 6, 2008 on the opposite side of the mountain from Warm Springs Creek. Copyright Ralph Maughan
Pats Creek autumn leaves. Challis National Forest. This photo was taken Oct. 6, 2008 on the opposite side of the mountain from Warm Springs Creek.

Bear scat in Pats Creek. Rosehips are on the menu. Oct. 6, 2008. Copyright Ralph Maughan
Bear scat in Pats Creek. Rosehips are on the menu. Oct. 6, 2008. Copyright Ralph Maughan

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

6 Responses to I've been in the central Idaho backcountry

  1. avatar Ryan says:

    Post more pictures please.

  2. avatar Matty says:

    Great shot Ralph, nice soft colors and perfect composition.

  3. avatar John says:

    Some mighty fine country you’ve got there.

  4. avatar vicki says:

    Is beetle kill a huge issue there? The rust here is being mistaken for changing leaves.
    The colors are great in this shot Ralph. You must have felt very at peace when looking atthem.

  5. Ryan,

    I added two more photos.

  6. vicki,

    The conifers are red because they were killed the previous year by a ground fire. If you look closely, the entire Warm Springs Creek drainage, with the exception of a few areas, is burned out. The fire was in 2007.

    I hiked down a way into the drainage. Some of the trees are red, others are completely black and largely consumed. As is typical, some individual trees and patches escaped the fire. The same is true in adjacent canyons.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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