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JEROME, IDAHO

Hiking Amid Nature and History of the Snake River Plain

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Program #8753RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Monastery is located at 4000 feet. On hikes participants will go to elevations of 6000-7500.

Equipment Requirements
Hiking boots or hiking shoes with good tread, day pack. Other recommended equipment: water container, hiking poles, poncho, sun hat; sun screen; sun glasses; binoculars; cushion. Layered clothing.

Itinerary for Sep 2 — Sep 8, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: Rooms are air conditioned; all have outside window; all open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. Free snack bar, laundry, private baths. No hair dryers in rooms. RV spaces with ordinary household electricity, hose hook up for water and access to showers (no dump facilities on site). Opportunity to join the monks of the monastery for prayer services. Facility overlooks the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $25/night for double occupancy
Accommodations for extra nights are sometimes, but not always available. Meals available: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day One: Monday, September 02 - Social and banquet, followed by get acquainted me...
Dinner: Social and dinner at 5:50 followed by an orientation and get-acquainted meeting at 7:30 PM. Then discussion of the hikes on the next. On each subsequent day (Tuesday through Friday) there will be evening lectures: botany, forestry, geology, birds of the region.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: Rooms are air conditioned; all have outside window; all open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. Free snack bar, laundry, private baths. No hair dryers in rooms. RV spaces with ordinary household electricity, hose hook up for water and access to showers (no dump facilities on site). Opportunity to join the monks of the monastery for prayer services. Facility overlooks the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $25/night for double occupancy
Accommodations for extra nights are sometimes, but not always available. Meals available: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 03 - Hiking at Craters of the Moon. Lecture on local a...
Hiking at Craters of the Moon. Lecture on local area on bus; lecture on geology in the evening.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Board bus for hiking locations at 8:45 AM, taking lunches and water provided. Choice of two hikes each day. All will hike the short North Crater Flow Trail and the Indian Cave Trail, but in between those two there is the choice of the North Crater Trail (600 feet elevation gain) or the Two Mould Trail (both about 3 miles). Lecture on bus about the agriculture South Central Idaho.

Lunch: Makings for lunches are provided: bread, condiments, fruit, granola, meat, cheese. Participants make and pack their own for the hike.

Afternoon: Hikes continue.

Dinner: 6:00 PM Dinner

Evening: Lecture on geology of the Snake River Plain. Discussion of next day's hikes in the Sun Valley area.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: Rooms are air conditioned; all have outside window; all open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. Free snack bar, laundry, private baths. No hair dryers in rooms. RV spaces with ordinary household electricity, hose hook up for water and access to showers (no dump facilities on site). Opportunity to join the monks of the monastery for prayer services. Facility overlooks the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $25/night for double occupancy
Accommodations for extra nights are sometimes, but not always available. Meals available: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, September 04 - Hiking in Sun Valley Area. Lecture on birds of Id...
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Board bus at 8:45 AM, taking our lunches and water. Choice of hikes in Sun Valley area. Choice of two hikes: Proctor Mountain (starts and ends at the Hemingway Memoria; 6 miles, about 1800 feet elevation gain), or hike along Wood River Trail and optional continuation through Ketchum to Sun Valley Lodge and Hemingway Memorial--those who want can stop in Ketchum after about 3 miles (total about 7 miles; slight elevation gain).

Lunch: Makings for lunches are provided: bread, condiments, fruit, granola, meat, cheese. Participants make and pack their own for the hike.

Afternoon: Continue hikes in Sun Valley area.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Lecture on birds of Idaho by Bart Butterfield, Idaho Fish and Game.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: Rooms are air conditioned; all have outside window; all open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. Free snack bar, laundry, private baths. No hair dryers in rooms. RV spaces with ordinary household electricity, hose hook up for water and access to showers (no dump facilities on site). Opportunity to join the monks of the monastery for prayer services. Facility overlooks the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $25/night for double occupancy
Accommodations for extra nights are sometimes, but not always available. Meals available: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Four: Thursday, September 05 - Hike in the South Hills between Twin Falls and th...
Hike in the South Hills between Twin Falls and the Nevada line. Through a wooded area on national forest land.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 AM.

Morning: Choice of two hikes in South Hills between Twin Falls and the Nevada border in forested area in the Sawtooth National Forest, Lecture on the bus on demography of Idaho.

Lunch: Eat lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hike in the South Hills. As time permits, visit Shoshone Falls on the way back.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Lecture on wildflowers by Dr. Dennis Pettygrove, College of Southern Idaho (emeritus).. Introduction of hikes at City of Rocks.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: Rooms are air conditioned; all have outside window; all open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. Free snack bar, laundry, private baths. No hair dryers in rooms. RV spaces with ordinary household electricity, hose hook up for water and access to showers (no dump facilities on site). Opportunity to join the monks of the monastery for prayer services. Facility overlooks the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $25/night for double occupancy
Accommodations for extra nights are sometimes, but not always available. Meals available: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Five: Friday, September 06 - Hiking at City of Rocks. Lecture on forests.
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 AM.

Morning: Hiking at City of Rocks, a National Reserve operated by the US Park Service in a beautiful area with fascinating geologic features, rock climbers, plant and bird life, and several hiking trails. Choice between two hikes: North Fork Circle Creek: @6 miles with 600 feet elevation gain; South Fork Circle Creek, @4 miles, with ups and downs on path over broken terrain. Lecture on bus on history of the monastery.

Lunch: Makings for lunches are provided: bread, condiments, fruit, granola, meat, cheese. Participants make and pack their own for the hike.

Afternoon: Hikes at City of Rocks continue.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Lecture on forests and trees by Dr. Anita Koehn, US Department of Agriculture. Introduction to hikes in Greenhorn Gulch and Silver Creek Reserve (Sun Valley area)

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: Rooms are air conditioned; all have outside window; all open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. Free snack bar, laundry, private baths. No hair dryers in rooms. RV spaces with ordinary household electricity, hose hook up for water and access to showers (no dump facilities on site). Opportunity to join the monks of the monastery for prayer services. Facility overlooks the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $25/night for double occupancy
Accommodations for extra nights are sometimes, but not always available. Meals available: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Six: Saturday, September 07 - Hike in Sun Valley area or the Silver Creek Prese...
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Board bus at 8:45: Choice of hikes two hikes in Sun Valley area: (1) Greenhorn Gulch; there are several options, the full loop of the Cow Creek hike is 7.5 miles with 1200 foot elevation gain; the half loop is 5 miles with 700 feet elevation gain. (2) Silver Creek Nature Conservancy Preserve: a restful day at a famous fly fishing spot, where springs bubbling up in the desert feed Silver Creek: there are several hiking options, mainly on flat terrain: a short 1-mile nature walk along the creek; a two miles loop around an aspen grove and more of the creek; a 2-mile one way hike out to across the entire preserve. When not hiking, participants can sit at the headquarters and enjoy a beautiful view. Lecture and questions-and-answer session on the bus.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Hikes continue.

Dinner: Social and dinner at 5:50 PM, followed by wrap up session.

Evening: Wrap up session and music concert.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, September 08 -
Breakfast: Breakfast available from early Sunday morning. Program ends after breakfast. Those who wish can attend Sunday Eucharist at 9:00 AM, and it is sometimes possible to stay over for another day or two (cost $25-30/person/night; meals: breakfast $5, lunch $7, dinner $9.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Jerome, ID
General OverviewThe Monastery of the Ascension is located centrally in the Magic Valley, five miles east of Jerome and ten miles north of Twin Falls.. It is within two hours' drive of Boise (state capitol; churches; Birds of Prey Center), Glens Ferry (Oregon Trail Interpretative Center; Three Island State Park), Malad Gorge State Park, Sun Valley, Jackpot, NV, Craters of the Moon, City of Rocks, Silver Creek Preserve, 1000 Spings (e.g., the spectacular Niagara Springs), Hagerman Fossil Beds Headquarters and Museum (Hagerman, ID), and ice caves north of Shoshone. There a number of museums (e.g., at College of Southern Idaho; Twin Falls and Jerome), antique stores and galleries, as well as numerous golf courses, several hot springs, and scenic boat rides in the Snake River Canyon.

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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