North Idaho High Adventure Base

North Idaho High Adventure Base

North Idaho High Adventure Base

“The River of No return”? Sounds ominous, but program guides ensure they’ll get you back safely from your splashy ride down the Lower Salmon River in Idaho. The only problem: After all that awesomeness, you won’t want to return to life without stunning views, thrilling Class II and III rapids, and team-strengthening fun.

The camp offers full-day and half-day trips, but for the full experience, sign up for a five-day trek. The adventure begins with one of several day hikes, including a short stroll to Heavens Gate Lookout, which offers a spectacular view of four states: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
After that, it’s time to get wet. Scouts spend four days and three nights on the water, checking off rapids with names like Snow Hole, China, and Demon’s Drop—each one conquered in compliance with local safety regulations. This trek finishes with a jet-boat ride on the Snake River through Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge.

Ready to suggest this trip to your team, troop, ship, or crew? Visit and click on “Boy Scout Camping” to learn more.


  1. I would like more information on this High Adventure. We have 11 crew members and approximately 8 adult advisors.

    Thank you

  2. Hi Cristy, I am the Program Director of the Inland Northwest Council and you can contact me at 800-945-4390 to get the details.

  3. My troop did this several years ago. What a great adventure! The staff was very competent, helped to promote the patrol method and a boy led program. We’ve done all three National high adventure bases, hiked in the Yukon, hiked and biked in Hawaii, biked the 185 mile C&O Canal Trail, and more than forty 50 mile hikes… so to say the Idaho rafting trip was a great adventure means a lot!

    • Kent,
      Can you PLEASE tell me how you got your Scouts to do a 50 mile hike? I have been begging my Scouts to try and do one. No luck, they are not interested. I’m not going to give up trying, just need to find a way to get them to do it.


      • Pete,
        Try Montana High Adventure Base. We offer treks of variable distance in the wild and scenic Bob Marshall Wilderness. During the trek they can participate in extra-curricula’s like fly-fishing, and afterwards try their hand at target shooting with .22’s and trap and skeet!

        Sounds like you have one more to try, MOHAB!

      • Just like herding cats, toss treats. Put something they want 25 miles in. Have a cache of goodies to help with the camp setup. Try to have a project for them to overcome on the trip, like repairing a bridge, and get the 50 Miler award to boot.

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