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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

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Idaho Outdoor News

I moved to here so I could enjoy the great outdoors.  With Mountain Home, Idaho my base I spend a lot of time in the Owyhee Mountains, the Boise National Forest and the Sawtooth National Forest.  Most of my trip reports will center around biking, hiking, gold panning, All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) rides and rock hounding.  I also do enjoy trout fishing the small streams of Idaho.

Danskin Lookout Trip – 10 May 2008

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On this beautiful day in May 2008, we decided to head towards the Danskin Mountain Lookout located to the north of Mountain Home, Idaho. With temperatures at home in the mid-60's and “lightish” winds we were sure to have a great day exploring. We headed north out of Mountain Home on Canyon Creek Road and made our way onto Foothill Road and finally onto National Forest Road 167.

Foothhill Road from above

Armed only with the general idea of where we were headed we slowly climbed into the mountains on a pretty nice gravel road. The traffic was relatively heavy on the Forest Service Road as we encountered two trucks during this 25 mile trip out there. There were 4 trucks parked in the Case Creek Trailhead parking lot as we passed by and headed east towards the Outlook.

The road after the Case Creek Trailhead became a little rougher but still easily passable by a regular car “if you go slow”. The views along this portion of the road are just a beautiful as any in Idaho so it was quite an enjoyable drive. Just as the road bears to the south as it makes its way towards the Lookout, a small but formidable snowbank covered the road. We had to stop and hike the rest of the way to the Fire Lookout. I figured the lookout to be at least a 4 miles hike from where we parked the truck.

Snowbank blocking the Danskin Lookout Road on 10 May 2008
This is what the road looked like on May 10th, 2008

With no intentions of making the hike at this point in the day...3:00pm, we decided to hike up the road. We just wanted to see what was around the bend. This lead to the next bend and next bend in the road. We were quite glad we made the decision to head up the road on foot. The views to the east were fantastic. Being new to the area I didn't even know the town of Prairie, Idaho existed but we could see there was a town on a prairie off in the distance. Some day we will make it up to the Danskin Fire Lookout.

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On the way back home, the traffic was a lot heavier on Forest Service Road 167. A veritable traffic jam ...we must have seen 7 motorcycles and 4 pickups on the road back to Mountain Home. As we started heading down the mountains, we came to a spot where we got a great view of the valley floor. It was pretty hazy but it wasn't a stretch to pick out our home town from 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

Mountain Home Idaho in the distance
Looking down on Mountain Home, Idaho

Notes: The gravel roads heading towards the Danskin Lookout are dry and passable. I was being sarcastic about the heavy traffic on this trip. From my trip south into Owyhee County where it has been rare to see another human, the traffic on this trip was relatively heavy. Also, don't count on signs to guide you to the Lookout. Get a good maps if you really want to know where you are going or just explore, discover and have fun finding out whats around the next corner.

See all the photos from this trip by clicking on the pictures below:




Links of Interest
1. Boise National Forest - Danskin Mountain OHV Area Info: Has a pretty good map link that opens in pdf format.
2. Y-Stop General Store in Prairie, Idaho website: This store is currently for sale so I don't expect the website link to be avaiable for long. Has a lot of pictures to view under the "Gallery Menu Link".


Thanks for visiting “My Life Just off Interstate 84 in Idaho”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:11

Trip Report – Owyhee's Poison Creek Cutoff Road

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The weather forecast for Sunday April 20th, 2008 wasn't exactly encouraging for exploring Vinson Wash off of Poison Creek Cutoff along what I'm calling the Front Range of Owyhee Mountains. But we decided to give it a try any way. The winds were rather brisk...gusting in the 25-35 mph range in places. We ran into a quick snow shower on the way south but nothing that would stop us from exploring the Idaho high desert.

Windy day with April snow showers in Idaho


Getting There
We headed south on Mud Flat Road and then took a right on Poison Creek Cutoff road which is a gravel road. Our destination was Vinson Wash and access was supposed to be on an unnamed dirt road I found on a BLM Map. Using our trusty GPS unit, we found the unnamed road but it didn't look like a place I should be traveling in a truck that isn't 4-Wheel Drive. So we continued heading west and a little north on Poison Creek Cutoff a little longer. With little knowledge of exactly where Vinson was located we found a promising shallow wash, parked the truck and started exploring. The best part of exploring in Idaho isn't knowing where you are but the exploration itself. I later determined we were likely in Vinson Wash.

What We Found
As we walked up the wash, we found some pretty cool rocks, great views and some wild flowers. We also discovered that dog is very impatient when it comes to stopping and kicking around in the dirt. She just wants to go, go and go some more. See a photo album from this trip below.



Click on the Photo above to see a slideshow of pictures from this trip.

Other Things We Saw
Some of the farmers along Mud Flat Road were watering their fields and we noticed small patches of ice mainly around the active sprinkler valves. With my truck thermometer registering temperatures in the low-mid 40's F, I thought it was unusual to see these patches of ice on the fields. Then it dawned on me that the ice was likely caused by the evaporative cooling process. In other words the atmosphere was so dry that the cooling effects from the farmers watering and low dew point temperatures below freezing, cooled the air down to below freezing. Magically ice forms when the free air temperature is well above freezing! Cool theory huh?

Ice forms from evaporative cooling near Mountain Home Idaho
Picture is not from this trip!!!!!

See maps from where the above photo album were taken on 20 April 2008 by:
Click the "Read more..." link below.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:11

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