Middle Fork Road

Boise, Idaho (Boise County)

Last Updated: 05/15/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: Middle Fork Road
Middle Fork Road can be enjoyed year-round and is full of diverse scenery and natural hot springs. Plus, a gorgeous river, rushing waterfalls, beautiful rock formations, historic mining remnants, and an appealing lake make this a great trip. It ends at the historic mining town of Atlanta, which sits at the edge of the Sawtooth Wilderness and the base of the Sawtooth Mountains. The town of Atlanta is one of the most remote towns left in the Western US. You will be following water the entire time, starting with Arrowrock Reservoir and then the Middle Fork Boise River, which flows out of the Sawtooth Wilderness. It is said that there are over 80 natural hot springs along the Middle Fork River if you take the time to count them. For those who love hot springs, camping, bird watching, swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and hiking, there are many places along this trail to do just that!

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Waypoints

1. 5 Mile Flat Trailhead (0 mi)
This is the best place to air down tires or last minute restroom break as the dirt road begins just a couple hundred yards past this parking area.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Boise, Idaho

Travel east on I-84 and take exit 57 toward ID-21 N/E Gowen Rd. Use any lane to turn left onto ID-21 N/E Gowen Rd. Travel north on ID-21 for over 12 miles and turn right onto E Spring Shores Rd which is a paved road. The trail starts as gravel in approximately 5.5 miles.

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Rose M


I was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Lived in Richmond, Virginia for over 20 years before moving to Idaho in 2017 where I fell in love with the vast open areas in the surrounding mountains and deserts. I am one of the founding members of Idaho Jeep Girls. I also participate with other local offroad clubs on their events and lead trail runs. I love to show people some of the amazing areas in Idaho and Eastern Oregon! I am also a brand ambassador for Rock Slide Engineering, an off-road manufacturer based in Logan, Utah. Whenever I have a free day, you can find my Jeep dawg Zoey and me exploring trails on public lands and visiting the local towns. I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to experience the trails of gorgeous Idaho and Southeastern Oregon! You can follow my adventures on www.facebook.com/rose.meirs.
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