Idaho Chapter

Covering the Emigrant Trails of Idaho

Idaho is blessed with numerous trail routes and hundreds of miles of pristine trails. The Idaho chapter focuses on exploring and preserving the emigrant trails across the state.


The main Oregon Trail traveled across Idaho. From Thomas Fork and Big Hill, through Soda Springs to Fort Hall, past American Falls and across the Snake River at Three Island Crossing, it then followed the Boise River to Fort Boise. The California Trail branched off at Parting of the Ways on Raft River, then traveled through City of Rocks and over Granite Pass. Numerous other routes within Idaho include Hudspeth Cutoff, Lander Road, South Alternate, North Alternate, and Goodale’s Cutoff. Excellent trail remnants remain on all of these routes and are regularly visited by the chapter.

Idaho Chapter Events, 2020

The following Idaho chapter events and activities have been cancelled.

  • April 18 – annual byway tour
  • May 7-8 – City of Rocks outings
  • May 9 – Spring Chapter Meeting at Perkins Restaurant, Burley, Idaho


President: Jerry Eichhorst
Vice President East: Don Wind
Vice President West: John Briggs
Treasurer: Dan Dunne
Director: Bill Wilson
Director: Lynn and Marge Houdyshell
Director: Dave and Donna Newberry
Director: Jim and Dawna Fazio
Director: Lyle Lambert
Historian: Virgel Clark
Preservation – East: Don Wind
Preservation – West: vacant
Trail Dust Editor: Nancy Briggs
Webmaster: Jerry Eichhorst