Trail Journals

Live vicariously!


Many hikers share their stories via blogs, photos, and videos.  Explore the trail through the first hand accounts of those that have been there before.  If you have some of your own stories to share with the Idaho Centennial Trail community, contact us and we will post a link here.

Clay “Woodward” Jacobson

2015 Thru Hike

There is no doubt that the Idaho Centennial Trail will test your skills as a long distance hiker.  The trail is so rugged and remote that just hiking it poses many challenges.  Add to that the issues with reliable information and trail conditions, and you have one hell of a backcountry adventure.  For the hard work of crossing this state, you gain a deep respect and understanding of its vast wilderness and what makes the ICT so unique.  It is a hike of unparalleled remoteness and isolation and is sure to challenge you, whatever your experience level.

Giff Walters and Jess Condon

2015 Long Distance Hike

We are 320 miles into our thru-hike of the Idaho Centennial Trail, deep in the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness in Central Idaho and it has been a wild ride.  Wild in the oldest, most serious meaning of the word.

Stacey and Bern

2014 Long Distance Hike

So few people have hiked this route across the state of Idaho.  It makes you feel like you are opening up doors or a portal for others to follow in your wake…. but where others will have an absolutely different experience and perspective to take from the journey.

Aria Zoner

2014 Long Distance Hike

Aria Zoner is a seasoned thru-hiker and also the creator of The Hot Springs Trail – the world’s longest therapeutic trail. The Hot Springs Trail is a 4-part thru-soaking adventure that utilizes The Idaho Centennial Trail as it progresses from Santa Barbara, CA to Canada. Zoner’s trip on the ICT was multi-sport and his journal highlights the main features and towns that are visited along the way, although he admits that he diverges often from the traditional route to visit hot springs. Who can blame him really? Idaho has some of the best hot springs in the nation and definitely the most. Be sure to check out his guidebooks and videos on nutrition for hikers as well.

Stephan Taroli

2013 Long Distance Hike

This is a multi-use trail and has official alternates around protected areas. It passes through 2 of the 3 largest wilderness areas in the lower 48. A 450 mile stretch with only one paved road crossing, hot springs, Wild and Scenic Rivers, old-growth cedars and a whole lot of quiet are only some of the highlights of this trail.

Thomas Jay Oord

2012 Thru Hike

In the spring and summer of 2012, Thomas Jay Oord walked more than 1,000 miles in Idaho. He trekked amazing and remote parts of the state and walked the Idaho Centennial Trail from the Nevada border to the Canadian border. As he walked, Oord took photos of the beautiful places in the state. He filmed segments of his journey with a variety of cameras, and he experimented with time-lapse photography.

Ron Whittaker

2004-2011 Section Hike

Idaho Centennial Trail

Ken & Marcia Powers

2009 Thru Hike

The ICT is among the toughest trails we have hiked and also among the most scenic. It was definitely the most remote. We compare each piece of the trail to the best of other trails. Overall as scenic as the PCT and as rugged and challenging as the CDT. Some of the forest is even as thick as the AT even though it is conifer forest. The southern desert is like the deserts on the PCT and CDT with fewer signs of civilization. The Sawtooths are as beautiful as the high sierra. Ridgelines along the Idaho/Montana border produce vistas comparable to the CDT.   If you are ready for the challenge the scenery won’t disappoint you.

Brian Frankle

2008 Thru Hike

I chose to plan and execute the Idaho Centennial Trail in typical long distance hiker fashion: frequent re-supplies, 20+ miles per day, and with a focus toward lightweight equipment. In my opinion, the Idaho Centennial Trail does not present any additional logistical challenges than other more well known long distance routes despite the obvious lack of information available. Personally, I found the lack of solid beta to be a liberating, rather than limiting aspect during my planning and execution of the hike. Will you? Hard to say. Try to embrace it and see how you feel!