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 36th most popular cross country ski area of all 43 Nordic ski destinations in Idaho.