Oregon to Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest


6:30am - left camp

Mile 1159


Notable spots to check out in the future.  I drove through these areas:

  • HWY 126E

  • Belknap Springs

  • Willamete (NF) Camp

  • Suttle Lake!! WOW

  • Oregon Badlands on HWY 20E


Fueled in the middle of nowhere, in mid-Oregon.

Mile 1,325



11:20am - stopped on a remote river and took a bath. Washed my ass and balls. So refreshing.

Mile 1,424

Location: Central Oregon HWY20



Fueled up west of Boise.  About to enter the flaming mountain.

Mile 1,531


The massive 'Pioneer Fire' was burning up nearly 50,000 acres of the Sawtooth/Boise National Forest boundary days before I was planning to drive in.  The ranger advised me to proceed with caution, so I did.  Driving in, I saw dozens of these fresh burn spots littered along the ridge and was kind of surprised how relaxed all the fire workers seemed to be.


4:45pm - arrived at the Helende Camp in the Sawtooth National Forest/Boise National Forest.  I’m not impressed with this site.  Its dry pine forest and extremely dusty.  River front is beautiful though, but not very easy to access on foot. I’m going to go up the road and see what else is around.


7pm -  I said ‘fuck it’ and drove up Hwy 21 and assessed a couple of primitive BLM dispersed sites along the South Fork Payette River.  The second spot I landed is totally remote. Not a soul anywhere...I’m perched atop a cliff overlooking a wicked river bend.  Doing primitive tonight.  Hopefully I don't get killed by the Pioneer fire that is causing hell up the road, or death by bear.  So much death on the mind.  Enjoy life fucker!  Missing the family and loved ones right now, cause I’m looking at a bad motherfucking sunset and want them to see it too. There is no cell service out here. I’ll save the coordinates on google map. I figured out the exact location of the Pioneer fire from the map that I printed in Sacramento and my magical orienteering powers.

Location: Site has no name - I’m naming is Jessica Camp.

Mile 1,613

Jessica Camp - on BLM dispersed land.