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Posted: 05/05/14 10:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Zeno Canyon is located in the Jack's Creek Wilderness high desert (5800') about 50 miles south of Bruneau Idaho.

Getting a late start i arrived at the Battle Creek turn off from Hiway 51 at 6 PM. This is a fairly good road with stretches of washboard.

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A short time later arriving at the edge of the Wilderness.

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About 7 PM I start looking for a place to camp. Getting hungry!! I find a nice level area not too far from the road to spend the night.

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Mediocre sunset.

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After about 15 miles I turn North onto this unnamed road. Should be another 15 miles to Zeno.

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High clearance is a must but never needed 4X4. Deep ruts, rough and rocky. Took about an hour to do these 5 miles.

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Oh Boy!! More free pinstriping!!

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Yep.

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A couple Pronghorn. I won't get into the technical debate if they are Antelope or not!! [emoticon]

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Arrived at the canyon late Friday AM.

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Anxious to get into the canyon I dawned my boots, pack and a brand new collapsible walking stick from Walmart. Never used one before so I thought I would try one.

Looking back at camp from rim of canyon.

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OK, got to get to the bottom.

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OK, this looks like the way to go!!

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Geez, overshot the falls on my first descent. They are in the center of this pic. Have to hike back up to the rim, around a cliff face and down again!!

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Finally got down to the head of the falls. Man, this thing is noisy!! But I still can't see the entire thing so I got to keep going down.

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Wait. What? I got to go down there? Can't quit not. Got to see!!

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This was the most challenging part of the hike. Very steep and tons of loose shale. I fell several times, once because my new walking stick collapsed unintentionally. Anyway, I get to the bottom and TADA!!

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Yep. The falls are all overgrown. I said a few bad words!!!

Now I have to climb back out. I am a little concerned about making it. I send DW a SPOT msg so they will know where to find the body!! 3 steps up, slide back 2!! And a lot of crawling!!

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I finally made it back up on top, obviously, but now without falling one more time and severely bending my new walking stick!! I really liked the stick. Maybe I should go to REI for a decent one? Or being 3/4 through my 6th decade maybe I should just start acting my age!!

Back at camp, a sheet of mole skin, fillet mignon and a 5th of Jack, all was good with the world!!

Awoke to another beautiful day on Saturday. Not done exploring but I think I will do the rest sitting down.

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According to my map this is called Harvey's Place. I think he needs to get over here for some maintenance.

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Found another neat canyon a few miles West of Zeno. No, I didn't hike to the bottom of this one!!

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Someone must have been bored. Half mile form the nearest road.

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Overall it was a pretty fun trip. From the time I pulled off Hiway 51 on Thursday until my return on Sunday, never saw/heard another soul. That is my favorite way to camp.

FWIW here is what the falls used to look like.

Zeno Falls


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Posted: 05/05/14 10:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Now that is off the beaten path....looks like fun...nice

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Posted: 05/05/14 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey DJ,

Thanks for the trip report. Looks like a good time except on the shale. I hate trying to walk/crawl on that stuff. I would have liked to go with you but I hate dessert pin striping. Hard to get over, I know the first scratch and then you don't worry about any of the others.

How did the new bike work out? Are you happy with it?

* This post was edited 05/05/14 01:03pm by Butch50 *


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Posted: 05/05/14 10:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

right on. scratches...they are honor badges in my opinion. I did manage to get a couple new ones this past weekend too. great looking trip, thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 05/05/14 10:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

....talk about an endless view! Very nice.

Nice looking rig.

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Posted: 05/05/14 11:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DJ, it's good to see you out having adventures again and good to know that you have a Spot now.

Suggestion for hiking sticks: use two. Mine are old ski poles which I bought at thrift stores for about $5 each and cut off with a hacksaw to the right length for me. They can really take a beating. If you choose this type, be sure that the grip is comfortable and smooth the cut end with a file.


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Posted: 05/05/14 12:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great TR, DJ. Certainly shows Idaho off and why I enjoy my times there too. Glad to see you and out and about. Great photos and narrative. You seem to have a thing for Shale, all sizes.

Be careful and safe.

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Posted: 05/05/14 01:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How fun! I love the "out in the middle of nowhere" kind of camping trips! Thanks for sharing with us! Great photos too... [emoticon]

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Posted: 05/05/14 02:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Or being 3/4 through my 6th decade maybe I should just start acting my age!!

DJ, that's a really bad idea. I'm 1/4 ahead of you, and not a chance of doing that. Just keep doing what you're doing! And thanks for it.


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wow, great trip ! [emoticon]





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