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Old 08-13-2019   #1
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Idaho Ideas for Family

My bro/sis-inlaws live in Oregon. We want to do a road trip to meet them halfway-ish, maybe Idaho. I've never been there, don't know anything about it. (Yes, I've Googled) If you were doing a road trip with no particular destination in mind, where in that part of the world would be good? We are down to camp, and I can bring my Mini Max. I have a 4 year old, and would keep it tame, (think Upper C day trips or something) especially for new runs. Doesn't have to be a river road trip, but wanted to reach out to the community for ideas, since there is no real goal other than to meet up. We'd be in a 4x4 truck or jeep with a legit off-road camper, so pretty flexible.

P.S. Thinking this fall if that helps.


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Old 08-13-2019   #2
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McCall or Stanley. Both are amazing. Stanley will be colder in the fall with less amenities (groceries, restaurants etc.). McCall is hard to beat with rivers, lakes and camping easily accessible.
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Old 08-14-2019   #3
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Idaho sucks, spread the word....I'd say keep going over to Oregon.
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Old 08-14-2019   #4
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Idaho is pretty awful.
Montana is worse!

Lochsa would be a good meetup in May/June.
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Old 08-14-2019   #5
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I say leave the pack raft home and go camping at Warm lake out of Cascade. If you want to float, go to cascade and rent a tube! Warm lake is loaded with hikes, camping, and hotsprings in the head waters of the South fork of the salmon. You'll even see salmon running the river if you go soon. I've even heard a wolf or two on Johnson creek.
I saw someone do it on youtube.
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Old 08-14-2019   #6
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What time of year? How far do you want to stray from I84?
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Old 08-15-2019   #7
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Ideas for Idaho... Having a 4 year old makes road trips hard and camping even more so. But there are parts of Idaho that are worth the trip. My family (totaling 7) just went up to Torrey's Burnt Creek Inn by Stanley, ID and spent a week doing little day trips and staying at the cabin's. The cabins were pretty cheap and it meant that we didn't have to pack a kitchen, or anything else bulky. There are a ton of options for places to stay in the area, and the scenery is amazing. That's what I would suggest.
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