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.
Another popular option for backpacking and camping around Boise that’s an easy drive away is Hells Canyon, which features routes like the 27-mile Seven Devils Loop.
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
Retailers: REI Idaho Mountain Touring