Backpacking/Camping in Boise, ID
About Boise Backpacking/Camping
The Boise National Forest is less than 10 miles from downtown Boise and offers campers and backpackers a huge chunk of recreation land that spans more than 2.5 million acres to the north and east. The terrain varies from open sage foothills to deep woodsy forests and rocky river canyons. Exploring the Boise National Forest, with its more than 500 trails and 250 lakes and reservoirs, is an endless adventure.
Later in spring, campers and backpackers can follow the snowline and explore areas like the North Fork Payette River Canyon, at 2,800 feet, to the nearly 10,000-foot peak of Trinity Mountain. There are more than 70 campgrounds on the national forest, some more developed than others, with a range of paved roads, pressurized water systems, and more modern restrooms. Others are more primitive, with dirt or gravel roads, and hand-pumped (or no) water.
Groups: Idaho Mountain Touring
An ideally situated near hiking, mountain biking, alpine rock climbing and even paddle-boating, the campgrounds at Redfish Lake make for a great summertime basecamp.
For an easy escape from the city, head 20 miles up the hill for a night out at Shafer Butte Campground near Bogus Basin Ski Area.
Explore the forests, ridges, lakes and lookouts in beautiful Hells Canyon Wilderness, high above the canyon with incredible views of the Seven Devils Mountains.
A stunningly beautiful 2-3 day backpacking loop, Toxaway to Alice Lake is a magical experience, connecting gem-colored lakes nestled below sharp, dramatic peaks and ridges of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Little more than one-quarter of one percent of the nation’s rivers earn the Wild & Scenic designation. Here are five of the West's best for rafting.
The 63-mile first leg of the Cycle Greater Yellowstone tour brings you through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country, highlighted by views of Upper and Lower Mesa Falls.
The second leg of this tour is always spectacular fun, but this year, you get a bonus. That's right, a solar eclipse to top off a fun rest day Driggs.
Full of climbs and descents, the 60-mile leg 4 will take you through Snake Pass and down into Snake River Valley.
Some of the best riding of the Greater Cycle Yellowstone tour is to be had on Day 5 as you ride along beautiful backroads and through the St. Anthony Sand Dunes.
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