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Fir Creek

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Overview: Fir Creek Campground is located along Forest Service Road 579 near the in beautiful but remote Bear Valley at an elevation of 6,400 feet. It is adjacent to the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness and scenic Elk Creek. Situated in a high mountain meadow dotted with Douglas fir and lodgepole pine amid the peaks of the Sawtooth Range, it is a perfect summer retreat. Deer, elk, moose, red squirrels, coyote and lynx all live in the area. The sounds of elk, coyote and wolf are often heard in the summer and fall months. In winter, wildlife enthusiasts can watch carefully for snowshoe hares or ermine with their white winter coats. Recreation: There is no shortage of trails in the area for ATV riding, mountain biking, horse-riding and hiking. Check on the Motor Vehicle Use Map for Lowman Range District for areas open to specific interests. For winter recreation, there are miles of groomed trails in the area offering excellent snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Skiers and snowshoers can enjoy a backcountry adventure in the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness, but snowmobiles are not allowed. Elk Creek Cabins are available at for a winter night stay.

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Megan K.
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2020

Lots of areas to explore and dispersed camping

This area is only accessible for the warm months. Be very careful as you navigate these roads because we made a wrong turn and it took a while to get reoriented.

You could show shoe up here but it’s a far distance to the campsite and you would need to be good at navigation when everything looks so similar at that time of year.

This campground is dispersed in nature and has no facilities which is why it’s free. We crossed a small stream of water so you can filter out some liquids in the warm months.


Fir Creek is located in Idaho

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From Boise, Idaho, travel north along State Highway 55 approximately 38 miles to Banks, Idaho. At Banks, turn right (east) onto State Highway 17 (Banks/Lowman Road) and travel to Lowman, Idaho approximately 31 miles At Lowman, turn left at the intersection of State Highway 17 and State Highway 21.  Proceed northeast towards Stanley, Idaho along State Highway 21 approximately 40 miles. Along the route, you will travel past Banner Summit, Bull Trout Campground and eventually arrive at the Forest Service (FS) Road 579 turnoff.  Turn (west) onto FS Road 579 at Banner Creek/Cape Horn Summit.  There is a big parking area and an information board. Proceed along FS Road 579 approximately 7 miles to the Fir Creek Campground.


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