National Forest Development Road 186

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The road starts as Middle Fork Road and then morphs into its namesake National Forest Development Road 186. It provides a crossover from just south of Council, Idaho, on Highway 95 on the west end to Donnelly, Idaho, on Highway 55 on the east end. It is a well-maintained gravel road that climbs up and over No Business Saddle just before dropping into Donnelly. There are spectacular panoramic views from the top, but in many cases, the views are blocked by the trees. The biggest hazard along the road is the combination of choking dust and blind curves and one should anticipate washboards.

Cabin Creek Campground is the only developed National Forest campground along the road; check for the latest fees and open or closed status. There are also ample opportunities for dispersed camping just off the road and often right along the river when on public land.