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part ofBoise National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sun May 31 2015   Season Dates


Graham Cabin, a former Forest Service Guard Station, is an ideal getaway for motorcyclists, flight enthusiasts and equestrians, for whom getting there is half the fun. An airstrip is just across from the cabin for guests who want to fly in, and the surrounding terrain is ideal for traversing on foot, horseback or motorcycle.

Guests to the cabin will find a few amenities but may need to bring some additional supplies and gear to make their stay comfortable. The beauty of the surrounding landscape and the abundance of recreational activities make for a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Natural Features:

Graham Cabin is located on the North Fork Boise River, adjacent to the Sawtooth Wilderness at an elevation of 5,720 feet. The dwelling sits in an open grassy area surrounded by the rugged mountain peaks of the Sawtooth Range, which are dotted with evergreens. The surrounding area still exhibits some signs of a past forest fire.

Wildlife watchers may spot elk, deer, mountain goats, wolves, coyotes, cougars, bobcats and bears. The occasional wolverine may also be seen, as their numbers are growing within the Sawtooth Wilderness.


Several trails located within 2 miles of the cabin offer superb horseback riding opportunities, including the nearby Horse Heaven Trail. These trails are in varying stages of maintenance, but tend to be in good condition for at least 2 miles. Hikers can follow the river all the way to its headwaters in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Motorcyclists can ride the nearby roads.

Fishing is good in the river and nearby Johnson Creek. Big game hunting is a popular activity in season.


Graham Cabin can accommodate a maximum of six people on twin beds with mattresses. Other furnishings include a table with chairs. The kitchen has a wood stove for cooking and heating, as well as a sink with running, non-potable water. This water is only available from approximately July 15 through September 1.

An outhouse with vault toilet sits behind the cabin. A picnic table and campfire ring are located just outside. The front porch invites guests to relax and admire the view.

This rustic two-room cabin has no potable water or electricity. Guests need to provide their own drinking water or bring a water filter. Bedding, lighting, cookware, kitchen utensils, matches and first aid supplies are not provided. A supply of firewood may be needed.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Motorcycle Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Cabin users must make arrangements to pick up the key to Graham Cabin from the Forest Service office in Idaho City, ID; office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm
  • Potable water is not available; bring drinking water or a water filter
  • The provisions in the cabin are for emergency situations; do not use them unless absolutely necessary
  • Livestock is permitted at Graham Cabin
  • Parking is limited
  • The airstrip is generally free of snow from late May until the beginning of October; use appropriate landing precautions for this backcountry airstrip
  • Click here for more information about Boise National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.95722, -115.27583
43°57'26"N, 115°16'33"W

Graham Cabin is 53 miles northeast of Idaho City. From Idaho City, take Highway 21 for 18 miles to Crooked River-Little Owl Road #384. Turn left and stay on Road #384 for 4 miles to Pikes Fork Road #312. Turn right and stay on Road #312 for 26 miles. There are only 2 major road intersections on Road #312; just keep bearing right and follow the directional signs.

Vehicle access to the area is generally limited from mid-July to the beginning of October due to high elevation snow. The road is extremely rocky and rutted and has steep sections; you also have to ford the river. Only high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Plan on a minimum 3-hour trip from Idaho City to the cabin.

Guests arriving on horseback can either ride horses the last 10 miles of Road #312 or ride the 6-mile Horse Heaven Trail from Road # 327 (just beyond Deer Park).

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. BOX 129

Phone Number:

Project Office: (208)392-6681
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