Pack Trip into the White Cloud Mountains

White CloudsGuest Blogger…..Courtney Kapp

We took a family pack trip with Devan of Pioneer Outfitters into the Livingstone Mine access point for the White Cloud Mountains. Our whole family saddled up and rode into an amazing camp along an alpine lake hopping with fish, flowers, dramatic views and excellent tent sites.

Devan provided all the essential elements for a successful trip - healthy food, mountain worthy horses, and wilderness knowledge … not to mention comfortable sleeping quarters and campfire meals. He guided us up to the base of the 11,000+ft looming China Wall which is an awe inspiring geological feature in the White Clouds. It is surrounded by a chain of lakes which provided great adventure for the kids. The fishing never failed us despite the numerous amateur anglers and the horses kept us company throughout the trip.

It was a remote, rewarding experience which our family will never forget. It was a perfect match to return to the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for the comforts of a high quality lodge and relay our experience in the ‘wild’.

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2012 Summer Showcase Series

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The authentic west embraces a host of creative arts as well as adventures in nature, all of which receive their due in our Showcase Events. We are partnered with SIHA (the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association), providing support for their … Continue reading

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Introducing IRMRs Exec Chef

Jordan Boutry

We are excited to announce Jordan Boutry as our Executive Chef.  Jordan earned his culinary degree from the Art Institute of Colorado in 2003, after which he served as Banquet Chef at the Cherry Hills Country Club before moving to Montana.  Guests of the The Gallatin Gateway Inn, The Ranch at Rock Creek and Mint Bar and Café have been delighted by Jordan’s cuisine. 

Born in Gig Harbor, WA, Jordan is a western outdoor enthusiast and looks forward, when he’s not in the Ranch kitchen, to exploring our magnificent Sawtooth Mountains with his new bride, Stephanie.   Stephanie and Jordan will live on the Ranch following their March 25, 2012 wedding.

Please join us this summer in welcoming Jordan and Stephanie and be captivated by Jordan’s menus and cuisine. 

Happy Trails!

Erica, Office Manager, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

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Happy New Year!

Thank you for a memorable 2011~

Wishing you much love, excellent health, personal happiness, inner peace & prosperity for 2012!

Happy Trails!

erica

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Hiking in the Sawtooths

Pioneer Outfitters

Pioneer Outfitters led the 4th of July Parade

Stanley has finally come alive!  Spring held on until the bitter end and now the snow melt is finally releasing its fury on the creeks and rivers in the Sawtooth Valley.  The annual 4th of July parade and fireworks kicked off summer in Stanley.  Whitewater rafting is at its peek, wildflowers are blooming, tourists are flocking to Redfish Lake and some hiking trails are accessible. 

Snow in higher elevations has put a kabosh on hiking to most of the popular destination lakes in the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains unless you pack your skis or snowshoes (I don’t know about you, but mine were packed away months ago).  The good news is the snow is melting fast and there are a few trails open such as Alpine Meadows, Alpine Lake and Bench Lakes.  On Wednesday, I ate my PB&J on the log that crosses the outlet of Hell Roaring Lake (one of my favs) and pretended I had enough courage to climb the Finger of Fate. 

Marshall Lake

Marshall Lake

Not only was the earth heaven under my hiking shoes on Thursday, the scent of fresh pine needles and blooming lilac  made my spirit soar with mountain air intoxication.  Williams Peak was the backdrop as a bravura waterfall cascaded over the granite rock face into Marshall Lake.  Magical!  Although there were a few snowy patches on the descent to the lake, I managed to stay upright (for those who have hiked with me know this was quite an accomplishment). 

If you’re heading to Stanley, stop by the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch and enjoy a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade on our front porch.  Until then, reach out to us on our blog.  Guest bloggers and comments are always welcome!

Happy Trails!

Erica Cole, Office Manager, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

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Welcome to the IRMR Blog!

Snowyside Peak

Wow, I can’t believe this will be my ninth summer at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch.  I’ve come a long way from being that upstate New Yorker who asked “Where the heck is Idaho?” after accepting a position.  Being geographically challenged is one thing, but seriously in my defense, why did I ever need to know about Idaho?  I’ll tell you why…..when Mother Nature made Idaho, she threw in the most mind-blowing landscapes, sprinkled in culture and doused it with every imaginable wilderness adventure.  

This blog will give you my insight on the Sawtooth Valley’s culture, history, people, events and outdoor adventures.  You’ll soon understand why this East Coaster is now a true Idahoan and it isn’t the potatoes (yes, I had to say it, but only because you were thinking it).  I’m excited to be able to share my experiences with you!   Guest bloggers and comments are always welcome. 

Happy Trails!

erica

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