North of Idaho City in the Boise National Forest, generally the 21.4 miles of cross country skiing trails at Gold Fork are a little easier than those at Banner Ridge. A practiced beginner would be comfortable with much of this trail system. However, steep downhill runs will challenge the experts. Gold Fork is located on State Highway 21, 20 miles north of Idaho City. There is a plowed parking area and a restroom, and the trails are groomed weekly to 10 feet wide for traditional and skate skiing. One, fully stocked, 20-foot diameter yurt is available for rent through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
Overall, Gold Fork is the 34th most popular cross country ski area of all 41 Nordic ski destinations in Idaho. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Gold Fork including Banner Ridge and Whoop-Um-Up.
Local Contacts: BNF (208) 373-4100; Idaho Parks 208-334-4180; Idaho Tourism (800) 635-7820.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Breakfast Restaurant: Calamity Janes, Idaho City
Reference Source: click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/boise/
GPS: 43.9914, -115.6065
Date Published: 12/29/2015
Date Updated: 8/1/2016
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