Thursday, February 13, 2020

Discover scenic Sage Creek canyon in the Owyhee Canyonlands

Ready my story to learn more about the unique geology in Sage Creek canyon.
One of several waterfalls that you'll encounter in Sage Creek canyon.
Hi all,

My outdoor tip of the week is about a super scenic and secluded discovery hike in Sage Creek canyon, near Succor Creek State Park, just west of Homedale, Idaho, in Eastern Oregon. Wendy and I visited Sage Creek canyon about 10 days ago. It's one of our favorite early-season Owyhee hikes because it's readily accessible from a well-graveled dirt road.

Here's my trip report as detailed in an outdoors feature story for the Idaho Press. The trailhead is about 1.5 hours (driving-time) from Boise.

February is not too early to be thinking about hiking and exploring the Owyhee Canyonlands. In general, wait for a few days of dry weather before going out there to avoid muddy roads, etc. See more in my book, The Owyhee Canyonlands: An Outdoor Adventure Guide. 

The scene as you approach the bottom of Sage Creek canyon.
Have fun!
- SS

Thursday, February 6, 2020

OpenSnow Insiders Guide to skiing/visiting Sun Valley

Signature scene looking up at Bald Mountain in Sun Valley (Courtesy Sun Valley)
Hi all,

My outdoor tip this week is sharing an Insiders Guide to skiing/visiting Sun Valley that I wrote for

My feature story includes tips on skiing Bald Mountain and the many off-piste activities you can enjoy while you're in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area, including 200K's of world-class xc skiing, ice skating/pond hockey on a free public rink in Ketchum, spa services at Sun Valley Lodge, heli-skiing, snowmobile-assist skiing, snowshoe and soup at Galena Lodge, and more.

See my post for details ...

If you haven't noticed, the West Central Mountains, Idaho Panhandle, Brundage Mountain and Tamarack Resort got hammered with big *pow* this week. See my Idaho Daily Snow post for more details of what to expect this weekend.

Have fun!
- SS