2015 National Forest Tour – Part 1

2015 National Forest Tour – Part 1

12 days, over 1200 miles, one National Park, a National Monumont and Five National Forests, I’d say my 2015 National Forest Tour was a success. I wanted to see Idaho, so I did just that, I got out and traveled. Boise National Forest I left Boise July 23rd 2015 and headed for Stanley on highway 21, past Lowman Idaho I pulled into my first campground of the trip. Located along the Payette River this campground is a nice stop when your not in a hurry. Mountain View campground is a fee based campground, $15.00 a night but with my disability pass, cut that price in Read more »

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Hells Canyon has been on my mind for some time now and on September 27th 2015 I finally made the trip to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area via Boise Idaho. After two days and over 400 miles, the scenic views throughout the Gorge held up to their reputation of being spectacular. I connected to Interstate I-84 to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (highway 95) to the turnoff at Cambridge (highway 71) and arriving at the Brownlee Dam. Then a short drive and stop at Brownlee, I continued on to the Oxbow Dam. Crossing the access bridge in Oxbow I would stop for the night at McCormick Park at Read more »

Rattlesnake Creek Campground

Rattlesnake Creek Campground

Rattlesnake Creek Campground – that’s what we call it anyway – is located just a few miles up-stream from Willow Creek Campground on the Middle Fork of the Boise River. It’s been a favorite place of mine to camp for many years. Being a dispersed campground there are no amenities to speak of, not even an approved forest service fire ring. So on this trip there were no fires, only camp stoves were allowed  at this location as far as I know. The campground is approximately 30 miles off highway 21 at the Lucky Peak State Park turn off. The road is paved for Read more »

Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon

I have driven by Craters of the Moon many times within the 38 years or so since I’ve lived in Idaho, but have never taken the time to stop and drive through the park. This particular day I’m glad I did. After driving the scenic loop and taking a few pictures I wondered why I hadn’t done this before. Probably because it was always to hot. What a place, it was an overcast day, a nice breeze, perfect to spend some time here, so I stayed the night and was surprisingly impressed with the campground and its amenities. I found Read more »