Campers can find solitude off Idaho’s beaten path

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - There are lots of reasons to take the road less traveled and find some of Idaho’s most remote campgrounds.

After the washboardy mountain roads, you’ll end up in a less-crowded campground. Heck, you may be the only ones there.

The adventurous camper can find solitude in developed campgrounds if he or she is willing to rough it on the road there, not at just the campsite. You will be a long ways from pavement and the RV crowd.

Plan for a long day on back roads eating dust to find these out-of-the-way campgrounds:

TIN CUP

This campground is on the edge of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and offers access to trout fishing and wilderness trailheads.

There are 13 campsites on Loon Creek - a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River - and each one has a picnic table and fire ring. It’s the best of both worlds - convenient camping and wilderness.

The area also has stock-loading facilities for equestrians. Nearby trailheads include Indian Springs, Rat Creek, China Creek, Mayfield Creek and Monte Cristo.

Fee: none.

Getting there: From Sunbeam east of Stanley on Idaho 75, head north 31 miles on Forest Road 112 and Forest Road 007. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for Forest Road 007. It’s steep and winding, and you will encounter ruts and large rocks in the road.

Information: Call the Yankee Fork Ranger District at 879-4100.

N.F. BOISE RIVER

The North Fork of the Boise River gets away from it all, but it’s not far from the Treasure Valley. The river flows through canyons, meadows and timberland, and you’re far off the pavement.

If you want a developed campground, try Black Rock, which is at the start of your drive along the North Fork. Black Rock Campground has 11 campsites and costs $15 a night. It has drinking water and a vault toilet.

If you want something more rustic, continue driving up the North Fork and pick a dispersed camping spot along the river. There are many, but you should be self-contained, including a portable toilet.

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