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Idaho Centennial Trail: Section 4

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8.3 mile 13.3 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 77' 23 m
Descent: -412' -126 m
High: 4,839' 1,475 m
Low: 4,504' 1,373 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)

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Continuing through the Inside Desert, this trail leads hikers to an abandoned stone cabin and a weapons testing crater.

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Following old ranching roads, this section of the ICT is fairly easy-going. Route-finding, however, can still be challenging, since there is a wide network of cattle paths, jeep trails, and other roads. Periodically, there are carbon fiber posts placed to reassure users that they are on the right track, but these are often vandalized over the years. It's best to come prepared with maps, coordinates, and GPS points.

This section passes by several dry lake beds, called the Inside Lakes. Visiting these lakes requires short detours from the trail. Another interesting feature is the Bengoechea Cabin, an abandoned sheepherders stone cabin from the early 1900s. This cabin is a short distance from the trail, and it serves as a significant landmark in an otherwise barren sea of sagebrush.

A short distance from the cabin is a blast crater from a military test conducted in the 1960s. It is a large, deep crater. Some more information about this interesting bit of US history is available in this article from the Twin Falls Times-News.

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