The Idaho Centennial Trail (ICT) has been a thru-hike on my radar for a few years now. The vast wilderness tracts of the Frank Church Complex to the arid desert plains of southern Idaho and to the rain forest environs of northern Idaho, the 900 mile ICT traverses very lonesome places with a deep history in land management and scenic beauty. Some of the highlights include the serrated Sawtooth and Bitterroot Ranges, the forks of the Salmon River and borders the wild Selway River, the Bruneau Desert, and immense wilderness areas rivaled in sheer acreage by only the Bob Marshall Complex. The route was first envisioned by Roger Williams and Syd Tate in 1986 on an exploratory adventure into the rough hinterlands of Idaho. Because of the remoteness of this trail and the history of ravaging wildfires the ICT can be overgrown with brush, criss-crossed with thousands of downed trees, and especially hard to navigate. Stretches between resupply are far apart with at least one station needing a resupply to be flown in by a backcountry airplane to a wilderness airstrip and kept at a ranch that roads cannot reach. If you are the adventurous type of long distance hiker with solid navigation and wilderness skills, then the ICT may be just for you.
Due to some personal matters I had to change my ICT plans from a NOBO June 2015 start to a NOBO August start. Eventually, the obvious potential for wildfires came into a stark reality and I was obstructed with an impenetrable wall that forced the closure of 350m of the last 425m of trail in the northern panhandle of the state. My ICT adventure ended in the smoky town of Elk City. Plans for completion are in the near future. Check out my journal entries for half of the ICT below. For excellent resource and ICT information please check Brian Frankle's website, as well as Gotta Walk's site.