Located in a high mountain meadow next to the Frank Church Wilderness, these cabins offer a rustic retreat for dedicated snowmobilers and skiers. Cabins are accessible by cross-country skiing and snowmobiling 15 miles from ID 21. Firewood is provided in the sheds near the cabins, but may need to be split. Axes and mauls are provided. All cabins come with some cooking and eating utensils, pots and pans. No water, propane, or electricity. Outdoor toilet. Cabin 1 is a rustic log cabin with three bedrooms, which can accomodate up to 10 people. It features three double beds and four cots with mattresses (no bedding). Fireplace, woodstove for heating and cooking purposes.
Johnson Creek Guard Station offers a Salmon's eye view in the Johnson Creek drainage, a tributary to the South Fork Salmon River. The cabin is one room and sits admist a meadow. The cabin was built in 1922. Pull up a chair while you enjoy the view from the front porch, you may see deer, elk, bear, moose, and the majestic eagle. Oh and don't forget your fishing pole.
Just to the south of the cabin is the community of Yellow Pine. The community with limited services boasts a well attended harmonical festival every August. The cabin is near several non-motorized trailheads into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Maps are available at Forest Service offices.
Boiling Springs Cabin will be OPEN for the winter season until Feb. 16, 2014!
Make your reservations through www.recreation.gov! Reservations can be made until February 16, 2014. The Area 8B Snowgrooming program will be grooming a trail to the cabin’s parking lot. Therefore, access via snowmobiles will be extremely easy!
Boiling Springs Cabin is located on the Middle Fork of the Payette River. The cabin sleeps six people. Facilities provided include beds (1 double and 3 single), a couch, table and chairs, propane cook range, outdoor toilet, and wood stove.
Bring your own bedding, utensils, light, axe (particularly in winter) and water. Currently there is no refrigerator at the cabin. As the name implies, there are several hot springs in the area, one at the site, and three more just north, along the river.
The Middle Fork Trail, from the campground, leads to all of these, plus a fifth one about 8 miles north. From October 15 through May access is over snow.
The cabin is best accessed by snowmobiles from the snowmobile parking lot at the end of the plowing on Forest road 698, just north of Tie Creek Campground. The area provides many miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Camp Host is located east of the Garden Valley Ranger Station at Hot Springs.
Winter Access: During the winter months, miles of cross-country ski trails are accessible to and from Beaver Creek Cabin; you may obtain maps of these trails at the Idaho City District Office.
Summer Access: The cabin is located a 1/2 mile off State Highway 21 and 20 miles northeast of Idaho City, Idaho. During the summer, turn right on Forest Road #362 and drive directly to the cabin and several small swimming holes.
Good fishing is found in the Crooked River as well as in the beaver ponds located out the front door of the Beaver Creek Cabin. The mile-long Beaver Creek Trail leads you directly to the Crooked River where there are several small swimming holes.
The Beaver Creek Cabin has no electricity. A shower and flush toilet are available in the cabin only in the summer. Since the pipes could burst from cold winter temperatures, running water is available only from May 20 to October 1.
The kitchen is equipped with a table, chairs, and a sink. Firewood and kitchen items, such as pots, pans, and utensils, are provided in the winter. There is a double bed in one bedroom, a bunk bed in a second bedroom, and a futon in the living room. Please bring your own bedding. Propane canisters are not provided for lanterns, either winter or summer. A wood stove is available for heat and firewood can be gathered from the surrounding area.
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Want a quick trip to the mountains? Take the Forest highway from Boise towards Bogus Basin Ski Resort and within 16 miles transition from the Boise valley environment to a wintery forested landscape.
Downhill, cross country ski facilities are available. There is also a tubing hill.
In the spring, summer and fall numerous hiking trails, such as the Shafer Butte Trail, portions of the Ridge-to-River Trail system, and even a newly created mountain bike trail system await your exploration.