Thursday, August 29, 2019

Here's at least 10 last-minute ideas for outings and camping on Labor Day weekend!

Final weekend for camping ... Labor Day weekend
Hi all,

Labor Day weekend is upon us! It's the typical last weekend of camping in the summer season, so I'm dishing up some last-minute tips for the three-day weekend, as always. 

Before we get into the camping ideas, both Bogus Basin and Brundage Mountain have some fun stuff going on this weekend. 

This weekend will be the final segment of Music on the Mountain at Bogus Basin for the summer, a free concert highlighted by Jeff Crosby (headliner), Rider & Rolling Thunder, Matt Hopper & the Roman Candles on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 12-6 pm on the lawn outside Simplot Lodge. Plus you can partake in Fun Zone activities, including summer tubing, bungee trampoline, gem panning, climbing wall, and mountain coaster will operate from 11 am to 7 pm., and so will the Deer Point Chairlift. Plus, you can hike, ride or trail-run on Bogus' many trails.

Live music at Bogus Basin will continue into Sunday with Music on the Patio, featuring local artist Ryan Wissinger, who will play from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

On Friday night, Aug. 30,  Brundage is hosting a free concert with, guess who? Jeff Crosby and the Refugees. A BBQ dinner will be served as well, Friday night. Buy tickets at Brundage.com. The Bluebird Bluebird quad will be running from 10 am to 5 pm daily through Monday.

Now, on to the camping tips and other Labor Day ideas ... the weather looks stellar BTW for camping, hiking and biking this Labor Day weekend, with daytime highs in the 80s in the mountains, and 90s in the Boise Valley.
  
  • Cascade area - Stolle Meadows and Landmark are my favorite camping areas in this neck of the woods. There are tons of primitive car-camping spots in both locations, east of Cascade, off the Warm Lake Highway. I've heard there may be some construction in the Stolle Meadows area so check with the Cascade Ranger District for any closures. Plus, there are hot springs in the vicinity. FYI: There should be salmon spawning in Stolle Meadows this weekend.
  • Lick Creek area in the Payette National Forest 
  • McCall area - Camping, hiking and backpacking in the Lick Creek area NE of McCall should be fabulous. Some of the nice mountain lakes up there include Box, Snowslide, Duck, Hum, Enos and Thirty-three lakes. Pick up a Payette National Forest map or a McCall Adventure Map to get the details for access. Also, check my blog from earlier this summer on five easy-to-access kid-friendly mountain lakes in the McCall area. 
    Stanley Lake 
  • Stanley area - I'm sure the Stanley area will be hopping with lots of campers at Stanley Lake, Redfish Lake, Pettit Lake and points along the Salmon River. Backpacking in the White Clouds should be dandy, particularly from the East Fork side, being a three-day weekend and all. Don't forget the Marsh Creek Trail as another potential destination ... great hiking and fly fishing spot. Hike up to the junction of Bear Valley and Marsh Creeks, and there's a huge glory hole right there. 
    North and Middle Forks of the Boise River ... car-camping mecca 
  • Idaho City area - The North and Middle Forks of the Boise River work great for car camping. See my post from last week.  
  • Salmon River beaches - Upstream from Riggins along the Salmon River Road are some sweet spots for camping, hanging out and swimming.
If you're staying in town, I'm hearing that some people will be taking in the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, going on from Thursday through Sunday. There are supposed to be more than 5,000 balloon launches.

Also, Labor Day weekend is chock full of big sales at your favorite outdoor retailers in the Boise area, places like Idaho Mountain Touring, George's CyclesBoise REI, Greenwood's, McU Sports, Alpenglow Mountain SportIdaho River Sports, and Shu's Idaho Running Companyall have some fantastic clothing and gear on sale right now. Great deals! Go get 'em! 

- SS

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