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Baumgartner Trails

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District, Willow Creek, Shake Creek, Narrow Canyon Creek, Iron Mountain Trail, Jumbo Mountain, Deer Mountain, North Fork Lime Creek, Boardman Creek, Smokey Dome, Smokey Mountains, Kelley Flat, South Fork Boise River, Baumgartner Campground, Baumgartner Hot Springs, Ponderosa ATV Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Sawtooth National Forest offers hundreds of miles of single track dirt bike trails and some challenging ATV trails that form long loops in a mixed pine tree forest. Most of the trails are smooth and fast with some shallow creek crossings and the occasional chunk rock but some sections have steep uphill and downhill descents with sharp switchbacks, making this area geared toward the advanced rider.

The Kelley Flat Staging Area offers direct access to beginner friendly learners loop and is the trailhead to Iron Mountain Lookout, a nine mile long linear ATV trail that is rugged and steep but has some rewarding mountain and forest views at the top near the lookout station. The Iron Mountain Lookout trail is limited to machines that are 48 inches or less in width and is steep and rugged.

There are numerous trailheads and campgrounds to choose from but Baumgartner Campground is the most popular choice as it not only offers nearby access to the trails but has a hot springs-fed soaking pool plus a natural swimming hole located to the west of the campground.

Reservations are recommended since this campground fills up fast, especially during regular and three day holiday weekends. Visitors should note that OHVS are not permitted on the roads within Baumgartner Campground, and unless street legal must be hauled to and from the staging areas.

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Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident registration sticker must be purchased. (As of January 2020, Idaho no longer honors stickers from other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (48 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas(maximum width 48 inches)
permitted on designated trails
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome Areas(maximum width 48 inches)
permitted on designated trails
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Baumgartner Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingExcellent
Recommended Stay1 Week
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Nearest CityFeatherville, ID
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Boise, ID
1) Take I-84 East to Exit 95
2) Turn left (north-east) off the exit ramp onto Sun Valley Hwy/US-20, continue about 31 miles
3) Turn left (north) onto Hwy 61, continue 28 miles
4) Veer right (east) onto Baumgartner Road, continue 9.8 miles
5) Turn right (south-east) onto Forest Service Road 487, continue about .5 mile toward Baumgartner Campground.


Contact InfoSawtooth National Forest - Fairfield Ranger District
102 1st Street East
Fairfield, ID 83327
(208) 764-3202
Contact InfoRecreation.gov
(877) 444-6777
Commentcampground reservations
Contact InfoIdaho Parks And Recreation
5657 E. Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID 83716
(208) 334-4197
CommentIdaho OHV Sticker Info


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Approx Size420,720 acres (657 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4800 to 7000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Nitz Pine Store (208) 653-2222
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (SE)Camas Creek Country Store (208) 764-2211
Potable Water WaterOn SiteBaumgartner Campground (208) 737-3200
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (SW)Fort Running Bear RV and Camping Resort (208) 653-2494
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (SW)Fort Running Bear RV and Camping Resort (208) 653-2494
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteBaumgartner Campground (208) 737-3200
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Nitz Pine Store (208) 653-2222
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