Golden Gate Campground

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.

Natural Features:

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. The South Fork Salmon River and Johnson Creek offer opportunities for fishing. Berry picking and hunting are popular pastimes in season.

Nearby Attractions:

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

Reservations: No reservations are necessary and there are no fees with 9 campsites that is on a first come, first serve basis.
Open Season: Mid-May - Mid-September
Closest Towns: Cascade, Idaho
Water: Not for drinking
Restroom: Vault

General Information

  • 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). 

  • Proceed along Forest Highway 22 northeast approximately 25 miles.

  • When you arrive at the Warm Lake area, Forest Highway 22 will become Forest Service (FS) Road 579.  Continue east on FS Road 579 until it intersects with the FS Road 413, approximately 10 miles. 

  • Turn north on the FS Road 413 and travel approximately 23 miles to Golden Gate Campground.

General Notes:


The campsites have a fire ring, grill, picnic table and vault toilet.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Total of 9 sites.

Lake and Pond Fishing

On your way to the campground, stop by Cascade Lake or Warm Lake for the catch of the day!

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

River and Stream Fishing

Enjoy fishing Johnson Creek for salmon, steelhead, whitefish and several species of trout including bull, brook, rainbow and cutthroat.

Day Hiking

Nearby Riordan trailhead is open to mountain bikers, hikers, ATV riders, and horseback riders.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

Nearby Riordan trailhead is open to mountain bikers, hikers, ATV riders, and horseback riders.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

Wildlife is in the area. Watch and you may get a glimpse.
Difficulty Level: Easy

OHV Camping


Picnic tables are in the surrounding area.

Scenic Driving

Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds you.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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