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Idaho Backcountry

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Yellow Pine Adventure

Payette Lake

Definition of terms below
Location: Payette National Forest
Directions: Get over to McCall, Idaho and head out of town towards Payette Lake, jump on the gravel roads and just keep driving
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation +/- Mostly driving
Distance: 100+ miles round trip
Rating: 8 out of 10
Fishing: Good, take a raft the lakes are huge
Scenery: Out in the middle of nowhere we found a small town "Yellow Pine"
Map: Printable Topo Map


Yellow Pine is a great little place. It is almost like stepping back into time about 100 years.

I had a buddy at the time who lived in McCall and worked at the local McCall Brewery. I drove over to spend some time with him and one of the things we did was head out into the backcountry to explore. On a another trip we hooked up with a couple of his buddies at the Brundage Ski Resort and they took us up to the Lookout at the top of the mountain, we threw our mountain bikes in the back for the exciting decent.

The scenery out by Payette lake is out of this world, it is rugged and the pine trees provide a glorious smell. We trucked on down the road stopping at each decent sized river, until we eventually came across the town of Yellow Pine.

As I think back ..Yellow Pine was like a mirage in the desert, it just was great to see a town out in the middle of nowhere. As you drive into town (it is all gravel: roads, yards, etc.) you see a few homesteads and one building that is a store. So we ventured in and it was the Yellow Pine Bar, we could see the was an adjoining grocery store (wooden floors, 15 feet x 20 feet) but it was locked up. So we asked about picking up some food and it turned out the bar tender was also the grocery clerk next door. He unlocked the grocery store and we picked up some bread, hotdogs and some refreshments and paid for it in the bar.

We ended up setting up camp just down the road at Golden Gate campground, we spent the rest of the day fishing the rivers in the area and exploring the countryside on foot and in the truck.

Fishing was great but catching was slow, the scenery made up for any lack of catching.

Do it again? Yes


Brundage Ski Resort

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