McCall/New Meadows Area
Twenty Mile Trail
Distance: 40 miles roundtrip
Location: From McCall, drive north on Forest Road (FR) 22 (Warren Wagon Road) to locate the Twenty Mile Trailhead.
While motorized vehicles are not allowed on this trail, it is not uncommon to see horses along the trek. For those simply interested in wildlife viewing, the first 3 miles provides easy access to wildlife. Continuing along the trail requires more perseverance as the trail gradually becomes steeper to its end at area alpine lakes. Best months for hiking are July through mid-September.
Victor Creek Trail
This trail winds through an area burned in Idaho’s 1994 Blackwell fire, but the hike still offers outstanding scenery. Visitors may opt to take the whole trek, or simply hike a little over 1 mile to reach a wildflower-covered meadow. From this meadow, hikers will have distant views of the mountain range surrounding the Payette River. Best months for hiking are July through mid-September.
A must see for avid fly-fisherman, the 13-acre Josephine Lake is set in a granite cirque. While the short trail does lead to the famed lake, its steepness requires hikers to have a moderate physical fitness level. Best months for visiting are mid-June through September.
Families with young children will enjoy this easy hike ending at the scenic Goose Creek Falls. The trail begins with a slight descent, and then climbs gently uphill to the cascade. Best months for hiking are mid-June through September.
Twin Lakes is a popular fishing destination for Idaho residents and hikers should expect to have company on the trail. The trail is appropriate for families with young children. Best months for hiking are mid-June through September.
Big Hazard Lake
Appropriate for most age and fitness levels, this trail wanders through the Corral fire region. Best months for hiking are mid-June through September.
Upper Hazard Lake
Winding through wildflowers and green meadows, this trail reaches its destination at Upper Hazard Lake. Best months for hiking are July through September.
Last Chance Springs
A rock pool filled with 102-degree mineral water is this hike’s main attraction and destination. The trail, which winds next to scenic Goose Creek, is appropriate for a leisurely family walk. Best months for hiking are mid-June through September.