[Cdt-l] Fwd: Hitchhiking in Idaho -- followup

ks1007 at aol.com ks1007 at aol.com
Wed Jul 27 11:57:51 CDT 2011

it's not illegal to hitch in NM but a lot of people just stand on the side of the road with no sign or thumb out as is done in mexico

el coyote
Keith and Mary
Trail Angels
Deming, NM

-----Original Message-----
From: Brill Stephen <stephenbrill at yahoo.com>
To: cdt-l <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 6:50 am
Subject: [Cdt-l] Hitchhiking in Idaho -- followup

I wanted to follow-up on the recent post concerning hitchhiking in Idaho.  Yes, it is illegal to hitchhike in the Gem State.  My own personal experience in this may be helpful.
Last year I was hitching back to my home in Boise after a 4-day CDT hike in Yellowstone.  My friend picked me up from the trail and after spending the night at his place in Island Park, drove me to Rexburg, from where I started hitching.  
It was a Sunday morning in the heart of Idaho’s MoCo.  I managed to get a ride from Rexburg to Mud Lake but had a very difficult time getting out of Mud Lake.  After about two hours trying to hitch out of Mud Lake, a state trooper came by and informed me that what I was doing (standing by the side of the road with a sign reading “Arco”) was against the law in Idaho.  Had there been a sidewalk there and had I been standing on the sidewalk with my sign, this would have been ok.  But since there was no sidewalk, even though I was well off the roadway, what I was doing was illegal.  It is illegal to attempt to solicit a ride with your thumb or sign if you are on a highway (or any public road, for that matter).  According to this trooper, it is perfectly legal to simply stand by the side of the road if you make no attempt to solicit a ride.  It is also legal to ask a motorist in a stopped car for a ride.  This last strategy eventually worked for me, and I was incredibly fortunate to catch a ride all the way from Mud Lake to Boise, a distance of about 250 miles.
Finally it is worth noting that before the trooper left he said he would return in a few hours.  .And if he saw me out there attempting to solicit a ride illegally, he would arrest me.
Hope this helps for all those considering hitchhiking in Idaho.  My suggestion is to go to a gas station and ask for a ride, rather than attempt to truly hitch.

-- Moondancer

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