Barber Flat Rental Cabin


Barber Flat Cabin


The Barber Flat Cabin site was established for administrative use by the Forest Service in 1923, and was used prior to that by the Barber Lumber Company. At the time, the Forest Service used a cabin already on-site as a guard station and then built a new one in 1927. The current cabin and outbuildings were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935, and the cabin today looks much as it did back then.

Guests can drive to Barber Flat Cabin in two-wheel drive passenger cars or trucks, although the roads may occasionally be rough. The cabin provides most of the conveniences needed for a comfortable stay.


Natural Features:

Barber Flat Cabin is situated near the North Fork Boise River among towering Ponderosa pines at an elevation of about 4,300 feet. The cabin is surrounded by the Boise Mountains and tucked beneath Hungarian Ridge.

Osprey nests are a common sight around Barber Flat. Visitors to this area may see other wildlife, such as mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, chukars, wild turkeys, eagles and the occasional black bear or wolf.



Several multi-use trails run east and west from the cabin. Hikers and mountain bikers can access the Barber Flat Trailhead nearby, and the Hungarian/Sunset Trail is located just across the road about 200 yards north of the cabin. Other trails in the area include the Beaver Creek/Grand Mountain Trail and the Short Creek Trail, which is known as a haven for nesting ospreys.

The river offers great rainbow trout fishing and many swimming holes. Seasonal big game hunting is another popular pastime in the surrounding area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:
The roads are graded, but may be in somewhat rough condition; they can be traveled in good weather with 2-wheel drive passenger cars or trucks.  Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more.
Operational Hours:

May - September       (Trout Camp July 23-27)

Reservations: The cabin is available by reservation HERE at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Fees This is a fee cabin with a daily rate of  $40.00.  Please call the Idaho City Ranger District at (208) 392-6681 / 24-48 hours in advance of arrival to get door entry combination.  Camping is not allowed at this site; please do not use tents, motor homes or RVs at the cabin.  Livestock, such as saddle, pack or draft animals, are not allowed at this site.  Limited parking available.
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Idaho City, Idaho
Water: Drinking Water
Information Center: Facilities: The cabin can sleep six people on two bunkbeds and a futon, and mattresses are provided. The kitchen is equipped with a table and chairs, cookware, dishes, utensils, a propane stove, refrigerator and sink with hot water. The bathroom has a sink, bathtub and flush toilet.  A wood stove is provided for heat and firewood may be gathered from the surrounding forest. A picnic table and a campfire ring with benches are located outside. Trash and recycle bins are behind the cabin. The cabin has no electricity. Bedding, pillows and towels are not provided. Guests should use the broom and dustpan provided to tidy up the cabin before leaving.

General Information


From Idaho City, Idaho, travel State Highway 21 for 2 miles to Forest Service (FS) Road 327 (Granite/Rabbit Creek Road).

Turn right onto FS Road 327 and proceed approximately 25 miles to the cabin.

The road becomes North Fork Boise River Road.

Please drive carefully as this road is heavily traveled.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Hide detail HIDE

Mountain Biking

Trails run east and west of the cabin. The Hungarian/Sunset Trail is located across the road about 200 yards north of the cabin. The Beaver Creek/Grand Mountain Trail is just across the river or down the road one mile to the trailhead.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Camping & Cabins

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Nature Viewing

Show detail SHOW

Scenic Driving

Show detail SHOW

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities


  Latitude : 

  Longitude :