Our usual rule for the mountains in Idaho is "You can't go high until the Fourth of July." Some years you can get into the mountains in early June, but the passes and north slopes will still hold snow.
That said, we're currently running snow packs in the 70% range. So this might be one of those years. Here's my list of June trips (ALL of them, so you'll have to click a few to find specific areas):http://www.splattski.com/overview/june.html
Thanks for the info/link. Along with info from an old post of Superdave, things are coming together.
One quick question, High elevation is always relative to your location/weather pattern. For example, in an average year the the Eagle Cap Wilderness in NE Oregon opens in late June/early July and the lakes in that area are ~7-8k feet. For Central Idaho, I would think you are referring to areas >7-8k elevation , but I may be wrong, can you elaborate?
It is a difficult decison, I know we would have a good time rambling through south central Utah and hitting up Buckskin Gulch, but I have been trying to get into the Idaho backcountry for about 3 years and something always comes up. It is great to know the snowpack is lower than usuall. I suspected that might be the case, but the Cascades got hit pretty hard over the past 3 weeks and I figured a lot of our weather would follow through into your neck of the woods.
Also, Is there a local, Idaho specific website/forum for up to date TH/access info? I follow www.nwhikers.net
, but that site is generally focused on WA with a little info on OR and ID.