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    Member Since September 2017

    Randall Kempton Pro-red@3x

    Rexburg, Idaho 

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    Randall Kempton reviewed The Narrows (Top-Down) [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

    14 days ago

    favorite all time backpack trip

    Randall Kempton added cedar breaks

    14 days ago

    Randall Kempton completed Ski Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Randall Kempton completed Henrys Fork Greenway (North)

    about 1 month ago

    Randall Kempton completed Henrys Fork Greenway (South)

    about 1 month ago

    Randall Kempton completed Packsaddle Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Randall Kempton completed Green Mountain to Green Lake

    about 1 month ago

    Randall Kempton reviewed Targhee Creek Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Truly lovely trail. We hiked to the lakes, encountered patches of snow, which were not a problem until we hit 9000 feet attempting to hike west on the CDT toward Targhee Peak. Took a bracing swim in Clark lake, and spotted a family of 4 mountain goats on the high ridge behind the lake. Wildflowers are starting to come out, should be amazing in a couple of weeks.
    Hiking to the lakes took us 3.5 hours going up and require several bridgeless river crossings; the first few miles however are easy and beautiful for families.

    Randall Kempton completed Targhee Creek Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Randall Kempton reviewed The Subway Trail via Wildcat Canyon Trail

    2 months ago

    Lived up to its billing! There used to be a log over one of the chasms in the final approach to the Subway, but that's gone now. The party just after us tried to leap it and someone broke a leg and needed rescue. Rappelling gear and knowledge is the way to go, even if you can self-rappel down the other obstacles (as seen in popular YouTube videos about the hike). Be safe!

    Randall Kempton reviewed Little Elk Creek Trail

    2 months ago

    Tried this late June this year, early morning, and had to turn back partway up the switchbacks, top of the canyon due to hard, icy snow which I didn't have the right shoes for, so I didn't make it up Mt. Baird which had been my goal. Totally alone on the trail the entire day. Will bring better shoes or crampons next time I do the trail this early. Early wildflowers are out at lower elevations. Should be beautiful later on!

    Randall Kempton reviewed Mount Jefferson via Rock Creek Basin Trail

    2 months ago

    The access road up to Sawtell Peak allows you to do a lot of the elevation gain in your car. The trail starts at one of the switchbacks in this road. Take the road to the top to check out the amazing views either before or after the hike.
    The first mile or so are fairly level. When the trail turns north into Rock Creek Basin, start up an obvious route (you might see a faint trail) up the mountain to the west, and follow the ridge line up. You'll stay on the south (lefthand side) of the ridge going up; at one point you'll likely leave the ridge and go south a bit, but just return to the ridge line as soon as you can.
    Views from the top of Jefferson are tremendous and worth the hike up. Lake Marie offers sparse camping and isn't much to look at.
    Strenuous up the mountain, moderate to Lake Marie. While in the area you could also hunt for the spot considered to be the furthest reach of the Mississippi River system. The CDT comes through this area too.

    Randall Kempton added trails to try

    3 months ago

    Randall Kempton reviewed Lake of the Crags Trail

    3 months ago

    This trail is not on the park maps, and is not signed so it's a bit of a hidden gem. Some moderately steep climbs but the payoff is solitude and a lovely set of lakes that few Teton tourists ever see.

    Randall Kempton reviewed Teton Canyon to Phelps Lake via Alaska Basin Trail

    3 months ago

    Terrific traverse, bagging Static Peak along the way. Highly recommend a dip in Mirror Lake in Alaska Basin along the way! Not for the faint-hearted, but if you're in shape it's a terrific day in the Tetons. I rate it 4 stars because I don't much enjoy the exit down the last bit of Death Canyon, which was a letdown after the beautiful beginning up Alaska Basin trail. I will try a different exit point next time.

    Randall Kempton completed Alaska Basin Trail

    3 months ago

    Randall Kempton completed Cascade Canyon Trail

    3 months ago

    Randall Kempton completed Table Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Randall Kempton reviewed Upper Mesa Falls Boardwalk & Lookout

    3 months ago

    Must see this if you are in SE Idaho. I come here once a year to enjoy the falls.

    Randall Kempton reviewed Aldous and Hancock Lakes

    3 months ago

    Be sure to stop into the Kilgore mercantile for some penny candy and snacks--fun little place. The hike is short, switchbacks take you up the main hill. I've slept in a tent 30 yards away from a moose, right on the shore (that was a nervous night for both of us). Fishing is tricky in the lake due to all the deadfall and plant life, but there are fish in Aldous. This is right on the Continental Divide, with access to the CDT.

    Randall Kempton reviewed Sidewinder Trail to Stinking Springs

    3 months ago

    This is a terrific mountain biking trail, in the spring/fall or evening/morning when it's cool. Great views of the valley. The grade (Sidewinder side) is not difficult. we did it last night successfully with young scouts on less than ideal bikes. The downhill is way fun even for novices if you return the same way; an adrenaline rush if you continue clockwise to the Stinking Springs downhill, which is wider, less curvy, and fast.
    Last year I tried to continue up the gravelly slope to the left of the junction but gave up after a bit.

    Randall Kempton reviewed Big Elk Creek Trail

    3 months ago

    Enjoyed this as a trail run, 5 miles out and back. Lots of options for side excursions. Not much fun as a bike ride at my skill level but advanced riders might enjoy it.

    Randall Kempton completed Big Elk Creek Trail

    3 months ago

    Randall Kempton reviewed Waterfall Canyon Trail

    3 months ago

    Loved this trail, close encounters with wildlife in the morning at Upper Palisades. Found huckleberries in the upper stretches in the fall.

    Randall Kempton reviewed Bear Creek Hot Springs

    3 months ago

    Calling this hiking, but in reality we mountain biked as close to the base of the mountain turn off as we could before hiking the steep stretch. Found the hot springs after correcting our missed left turn and soaked a while. This would have been more fun as a backpack maybe, at least in September; the weather was too hot to arrive at and enjoy a hot tub in the middle of the day! But in the morning or evening...that would be nice. But this is doable by experienced hikers in one day.

    Randall Kempton reviewed Bear Creek Hot Springs

    3 months ago

    Did the lower part of the hike as a trail run and enjoyed it. Saw some horseback riders. In July, nice and green but water is low enough to cross (I wear bamboo socks and shoes that I don't mind getting wet, so I don't take them off at crossings). Have also tried as a mountain bike trip twice, which was tough early in the season (too much water at crossings) and there are some rocky and steep stretches I and my gear weren't quite up to yet.

    Randall Kempton completed Packsaddle Lake

    3 months ago

    Randall Kempton reviewed Warm River Rail-Trail

    3 months ago

    From Pole Bridge Campground to Warm River Campground, this trail is a great downhill ride that families can do. Motor vehicles aren't allowed for most of this stretch, and the riding is good. From Pole Bridge north the trail is sanded for ATVs and was a miserable bike-riding experience, which we suffered through. Since the tunnel collapsed (the coolest part of the lower trip) this trail became less fun, though still beautiful (the lowest half).

    Randall Kempton completed Warm River Rail-Trail

    3 months ago