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North Fork Boise River Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Garden Valley, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Length 10.4 mi Elevation gain 1,154 ft Route type Point to Point
Backpacking Camping Fishing Hiking Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Rocky Scramble
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As it parallels the North Fork of the Boise River, trail #057003 in the Boise National Forest system passes through pine forests, wildflower meadows, and a deep, narrow canyon lined with jagged granite walls. It is extremely rocky in places, traveling over scree left behind from rockfalls, and is only passable in the summer and fall when the water level is normal. Although the trail originally continued northeast to an intersection with Horse Heaven Trail at Johnson Creek, rockfalls and overgrown brush now limit the distance to about 5 miles.

There are no facilities at the trailhead. There is a primitive campground across the river by road bridge and a cabin that can be rented. If you're coming from Boise, plan on the last facilities being in Idaho City.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/boise/recreation/recarea?recid=5193&actid=51 Boise National Forest - Idaho City Ranger District Highway 21, milepost 38.5 P.O.Box 129 Idaho City, ID 83631 (208) 392-6681

This trail is extremely rocky. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and expect to be rockhopping on loose scree. Because of this, don't bring dogs unless you want to carry them the whole time. Similarly, young children should not attempt this trail. Watch out for snakes and other potentially dangerous wildlife, especially among the rocks. Be mindful of other hikers on the trail.

From Main Street and Highway 21 in Idaho City: -Continue east on Highway 21 for 17.8 miles to a signed turnoff for the North Fork of the Boise River on NF 384 - this is a high quality, two lane dirt road that is well-graded but fairly washboarded -After 13.7 miles, you'll see the North Fork in front of you at an intersection with NF 327 - turn left (east) -After 5.5 miles, continue left to stay on NF 384 - the trailhead will be 450 feet ahead on the right with parking on the left

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Greg Hart
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Absolutely beautiful trail. It is VERY rocky, I wore sturdy Merrell hiking shoes and still got a blister. The narrow canyon at the beginning is very beautiful, and I'll be returning to camp or stay at the cabin at the trailhead.

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Skylar Swinford
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D Frank
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Colton Zorrozua
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