The Golden Gate Campground offers 9 campsites in a peaceful, remote setting near mountain slopes covered in dense pine forest. Peak season for the campground is typically early June through late September. It can be accessed by most vehicles; however the road is narrow and may be rough in spots.
The campground sits in a pretty mountain meadow a stone's throw from scenic Johnson Creek, a tributary of the South Fork Salmon River. Wildlife watchers may see deer, elk, bear and moose. Bald eagles are often spotted soaring overhead.
The campground is near several trailheads into the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. Check on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for non-motorized and motorized trails. The area is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Click here for an Idaho OHV safety message.
The South Fork Salmon River and Johnson Creek offer opportunities for fishing. Berry picking and hunting are popular pastimes in season.
The tiny community of Yellow Pine established in 1902 is just north of the campground and offers limited services. The popular Yellow Pine Music & Harmonica Festival is held annually in August.
At a Glance
May - October
No reservations are necessary. This campground is first come, first serve.
This is not a fee campground.
||9 sites / No fees.
||Not for Drinking
The campsites have a fire ring, grill, picnic table and vault toilet.
From Boise, Idaho, travel north on State Highway 55 approximately 80 miles to Cascade, Idaho.
From Cascade, Idaho, travel north on State Highway 55 only a short distance to the turnoff at the Warm Lake Road (Forest Highway 22). Take Forest Highway 22 northeast approximately 25 miles. When you arrive at the Warm Lake area, the Forest Highway 22 will become the Forest Service (FS) 579 road. Continue east on the FS 579 road until it intersects with the FS 413 road approximately 10 miles.
Turn north on the FS 413 road travel approximately 23 miles to Golden Gate Campground.