Hiking The Twenty Mile Lakes Trail

The 11th most popular hiking trail in Idaho.

North of McCall in the Payette National Forest, the Twentymile Lakes Trail is a 12 mile out & back through beautiful alpine meadows into the Twenty Mile Lakes area. The route starts off easy before ascending 1,800 feet.

To reach the hiking trailhead from McCall, head north on Warren Wagon Road for 18 miles. Look for signed parking area. There is a wooden trailhead sign on the road. A short dirt road to the right leads to the new trailhead with a horse unloading ramp, hitching rails and toilet by the large parking area.

The first 3 miles of trail are easy and then it climbs steeply for the next 3 miles into the lake region. The trailhead is at 5,600 feet and the lakes are at 7,800 feet.

Overall, Twenty Mile Lakes Trail is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in Idaho.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  PNF (208) 634-0400; Mountain Biking In McCall by Stephen Stuebner (208) 345-4802; Mountain Cycle (208) 634-6333.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Idaho" from Falcon Guides

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Ponderosa State Park CG; Scandia Inn

Luxury Loding:  Shore Lodge; Hotel McCall

Breakfast Restaurant:  Bev's Cafe, McCall

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/payette/

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  6/24/2016

ID:  17235

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