Hiking The Loon Lake Trail

The 10th most popular hiking trail in Idaho.

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North of McCall in the Payette National Forest, the 5 mile one-way hike to beautiful Loon Lake passes through endless stands of lodgepole pines. The route is open to hiking, mountain biking (very popular) and horseback riding. For the adventurous, continue past Loon Lake on down into Lick Creek Canyon known for its waterfalls and hanging valleys (end near NFS Ponderosa Campground 15 mi. one-way).

To reach the trailhead from McCall, head north on Warren Wagon Road for about 30 miles. After crossing the Secesh River, continue for a mile and park at the NFS Chinook Campground off FS 378. Start riding on Trail #81 until reaching Trail #84 and then turn right to reach the lake.

The trail can be done as a loop, the recently completed bridge at the Chinook Campground, means you no longer have to ford the Secesh River. Starting elevation is 5676 and the lake elevation is 5800 .

Overall, Loon Lake Trail is the 10th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in Idaho. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Loon Lake Trail including Twenty Mile Lakes Trail and East Fork / Lake Fork Trail.


Local Contact(s):  PNF (208) 634-0400; Mountain Cycle (208) 634-6333.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Idaho" from Falcon Guides

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  NFS Chinook 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:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  7/10/2016

ID:  17238


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