Idaho Mountains: North Fork Mountain Range

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North Fork Range

Southeast of McCall past Lake Cascade lay a stretch of picturesque mountains known as the North Fork Range. Read More

  • A variety of wildlife calls this mountain range home, including deer, elk, and beer.
  • Mountain bike enthusiasts will love the challenging 32 mile Clear Creek East Mountain Loop with strenuous climbs and spectacular views.
  • Enjoy a day of fishing at the East Mountain Reservoir, surrounded by forest and meadows.


Nestled deep in the Boise National Forest southeast of McCall is a lesser known mountain range known as the North Fork Range. This area showcases some of west central Idaho’s most beautiful scenery. A variety of conifers including Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir provide a haven for those who love the tranquility of nature. Those who love to fish, view wildlife, or mountain bike will especially enjoy this area.

Location & Information

The North Fork Mountain Range is located several miles southeast of McCall, and just southeast of Lake Cascade. To get there take Hwy 55 south past Cascade for about 8 miles to the junction at Clear Creek. Head east on the dirt road, then turn left on USFS 409. This will take you into the mountain range.

Contact information: 208-373-4100


  • Bring your fishing pole and enjoy a relaxing day of fishing in East Mountain Reservoir. This remote mountain reservoir is surrounded by beautiful forested hills and verdant alpine meadows.
  • Skilled mountain bikers will really enjoy the 32 mile Clear Creek East Mountain Loop. Half single track and half dual track, this challenging trail involves plenty of climbing. The breathtaking views of West Mountain and Round Valley make it worth the effort.
  • There is a rich diversity of wildlife to view in this area, including deer, elk, red fox, mountain lions, and bear. Birds native to the area include eagles, hawks, and a variety of colorful songbirds.

Fun Facts

  • The North Fork Range covers approximately 224 square miles.
  • The elevation of East Mountain Reservoir is 4,814 feet.
  • The highest peak in this range of mountains is East Mountain, at 7,752 feet.