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By coolsen - Posted on 12 January 2018

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  • Site # 8
  • GPS Coordinates: N44.97940 W114.53178
  • Elevation: 6500 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 47
  • Benchmark Coordinates: F11 Idaho
  • Ride Difficulty: 2


Located in the vicinity of the sunken town of Roosevelt, Yellow Jacket was a 19th century gold rush camp that houses one of the most visually impressive relics of Idaho's mining days: a five-story boardinghouse with a beauty and charm that is fully "Idaho." One of Idaho's most ignored mining camps, which you'll miss if you blink, was never a roaring town like its counterparts. With a population that only peaked around 200, this placer gold town dwindled after 1900 until both mine and mill operations fully shut down in 1942.  Placer gold was discovered on Yellowjacket Creek in the fall of 1869, which led to the development of several quartz mines and the building of the Yellowjacket Mill.  The mill was water powered and the wooden flume can be seen along the road.  Heavy cables were necessary to build the tramway from the mines to the mill.  The cables were a mile long and an inch and a quarter in diameter.  It took eighty packhorses several weeks to haul the cables to the mill site.  Yellowjacket was in full swing in the 1890s.  Many old cabins remain with the huge five-story hotel and boardinghouse the main point of interest.

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 silverpurs at Yellow Jacket rd with Gaylon Holdaway...  we had a nearly bald tire by the time we got here at the intersection so we played it safe and stopped here

Posted by silverspurs on 2018-07-16 22:11

  I am pointing at my stitched upper lip which I hit on my windshield during the ride down from the Blue Nose lookout. Had to ride two hours to Salmon to get it sewn back together and was going to miss these two sites. Arden and Craig could not make it to them either because of the closure of Panther Creek road and Morgan Creek Rd by the Rabbit Foot fire. This picture was taken at the Morgan Creek Rd closure sign north of Challis

Posted by shutterman on 2018-08-18 10:32

Photo taken August 15.  We found both Panther Creek and Morgan Creek (both ends of NF-055) closed due to fires, thus preventing access to either Yellowjacket and Leesburg.  I have visited Yellowjacket in the past, and it is well worth the ride to get there.

Posted by coolsen on 2018-08-21 10:22

 Not this year.  Fires kept us out both roads.

Posted by AGHill on 2018-11-27 11:45