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Idaho Centennial Trail Thru-Hike
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Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
Idaho Centennial Trail Thru-Hike on 10/07/2008 07:57:42 MDT Print View


I just returned from completing a ~900 mile hike from Canada to Nevada along the Idaho Centennial Trail. Journals and pics can be seen at:
If any one has questions about the trail, please feel free to ask.


* Edited by sharalds: updated URL

Edited by sharalds on 10/14/2009 10:50:36 MDT.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
"ICT Thru-Hike" on 10/07/2008 08:42:51 MDT Print View

I'm planning/hoping to do the ICT from the Lochsa River to Nevada border next summer (with my dog). I will visit with you for thoughts and suggestions when you have time. I will be very interested in your thoughts regarding having your dog with you on this trip.

Good job and great trip report and pictures. I really enjoyed following your adventure.

Will we be seeing a ULA dog pack for 09?

Edited by thomdarrah on 10/07/2008 09:07:41 MDT.

Carlos Figueroa
(cfigueroa) - F

Locale: Santa Cruz Area
Re: Idaho Centennial Trail Thru-Hike on 10/08/2008 00:09:17 MDT Print View

Great job to both Brain and WD, loved the photos and the trip report. Thanks for posting them up and sharing your adventure.

Edited by cfigueroa on 10/08/2008 00:11:21 MDT.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
ULA Dog pack on 10/08/2008 06:03:22 MDT Print View

I would def buy one of those!!

Johann Burkard
(johannb) - F

Locale: Europe
Re: Idaho Centennial Trail Thru-Hike on 10/08/2008 12:58:37 MDT Print View

I love the wind jacket you made for your dog :-) Looks like he enjoyed it.

Great that you could spend so much time with him.

John Kays
(johnk) - M

Locale: SoCal
Custom Gear on 10/08/2008 15:30:30 MDT Print View

Brian, would please describe the details of your customized pyramid shelter from MLD. Thanks!

Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
Idaho Centennial Trail on 10/08/2008 20:05:36 MDT Print View


Glad to hear that the ICT is intriguing! It is a great rte with very few people, vast tracts of wilderness, and fine weather.

ULA Dawg Packs? Uh...probably not. :)

MLD Pyramid? I'd touch base with Ron at MLD for the skinny on that. I will say that after using it for 2 months, I see very little reason to revert back to a tarp. I was very, very pleased with the shelter.


Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
Get job Brian on 10/08/2008 20:43:28 MDT Print View

Man you have some huge b--ls.Great trip.


Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Idaho Centennial Trail Thru-Hike on 10/08/2008 21:31:44 MDT Print View


Edited by FamilyGuy on 11/26/2013 13:31:25 MST.

Scott McCain
(Highlander366) - F - M

Locale: Idaho
ICT Trail--Gear list? on 10/17/2008 15:57:11 MDT Print View

Brian I too am waiting for you to post a gear list......

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Idaho Centennial Trail Thru-Hike on 10/17/2008 16:21:30 MDT Print View

Congratulations Brian. The ICT is considered to be one of the hardest trails in the USA.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Idaho Centennial Trail Thru-Hike on 10/20/2008 09:33:52 MDT Print View

I feel an especial fondness for this trip report as the beginning you chose (North) shares some tread with the Pacific Northwest Trail which I had the opportunity to hike in 2007. Thank you for the trip report, notes, and photos. I look forward to seeing trail maps.

Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
Idaho Centennial Trail on 10/22/2008 20:43:00 MDT Print View


Your comment surprised me. I think the ICT may have that rep simply due to so few people having hiked it and the lack of useful info online. In terms of trail, conditions, and weather, it is no more daunting than any other 900 miles of trail in the lower 48. I don't say that as a 'tough guy' but rather in an honest attempt to dispel myth!

I'd say the hardest part of the ICT is simply figuring out how to get to (or from) each respective TH...

...and seriously, if all the bushes were trimmed, there'd be visible trail tread from border to border...


Nicole Hill
(n_hill7) - F
Re: Idaho Centennial Trail Thru-Hike on 06/24/2009 13:18:52 MDT Print View

I just found out about the ICT. I found your info the most helpful out there on the net. I am planning on doing it in June 2010. Not sure if I'm bringing my 6 year old, 30lb shepard/collie mix dog yet or not. Did your dog have any difficulties along the way? Also- what did you end up averaging for miles per day?

Thank you!


Paul Gibson
(pgibson) - F

Locale: SW Idaho
ICT on 06/25/2009 18:33:33 MDT Print View

I have been planning to do some section hikes of the ICT this summer and fall. Brian your trail journal was some of the most detailed and informative info I have been able to find. I really like the suggestion to include crossing into the Ten Lake Basin. I will post a TR for my sections and maybe some video when I get through.


Ken Powers
(GottaWalk) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
2009 Idaho Centennial Thru-Hike on 06/25/2009 22:54:53 MDT Print View

Marcia and I are leaving for Idaho within a week to start our ICT thruhike. Our journals will be posted at

Don't expect current posts since the phone coverage isn't even spotty.

In talking to Naples post office today we heard of another hiker planning to be in Naples the first week of August.

Hope to see some of you on the trail!

Casey Burnett
(Casey_ULA) - F
Idaho Centennial Trail on 07/03/2009 15:55:12 MDT Print View

Ken and Marcia-

Thanks for posting about your upcoming hike...most certainly looking forward to your impressions of the route, the conditions, logistics, etc. Have fun, be safe!

Nicole...Dawg did fine. No injuries, no issues. However, in saying that he was in GREAT shape before we left due to a pretty thorough pre-trip fitness routine...good for his body, mind, and paw pads! If you have never heard of Tuff-Foot for animal pads, check it out. It is fantastic and great for human feet as well.

Lastly, we averaged about 20 miles per day. That seemed to be my dawgs magic number for performance vs fatigue...which I knew BEFORE we set out on the ICT. His longest day on the trail was 27 I much of his performance was based on temp, water availability, and load carried. Anything over 3 days of food and he was not nearly as strong. If you have any dog questions contact me off list.

Glad to hear that people are finding the ICT journals helpful. Best to all who set foot on the ICT!


Kyle Crawford

Locale: SouthEast
URL not working? on 10/08/2009 23:30:30 MDT Print View

What happened to the URL? It no longer works...or is the journal posted somewhere else? I viewed it over the summer, but it has now seemed to have vanished...

Edited by getupandgo on 10/08/2009 23:31:16 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: URL not working? on 10/09/2009 06:03:33 MDT Print View

The web site was redesigned this summer.

I found it Here.

I found it with a Google search using - site: idaho centennial

You can find it, and more, by looking under Community/Trails.

Edited by greg23 on 10/09/2009 06:33:14 MDT.

Kyle Crawford

Locale: SouthEast
Thanks on 10/14/2009 01:26:13 MDT Print View


Edited by getupandgo on 05/29/2010 23:17:09 MDT.