Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Payette National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 months ago

Serene Lake is a sweet gem of a hike. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a trail you could easily day hike or backpack and camp.

backpacking
8 months ago

It was a great trip, we started at duck lake trail and Hum lake. We passed duck lake went on ahead to hum lake. It was about 3.5 miles in and back. It was tough going down to hum lake with lots of blow down with trees. Great fishing if you make it down to hum lake. Lots of bugs, bring spray. Some deer tracks no big animals. Pack lots of water, you should fill up down at the bottom. My girls did this hike and they are 7 & 9, family friendly. The pictures are of Hum lake.

Please note-- at the fork in the road, left goes through the meadows, but right goes through the steeper area. The map for this follows the right turn.

The trail was green, filled with wildflowers, bunchgrass, large conifers, and some small shrubs. Various bird calls, some deer, no large wildlife. Trail was exceedingly well maintained-- at least 5 bridges built to allow crossing, and some land-bridges built, too, over aluminum piping. Temperature was 70-80. We counted about 10-15 bug bites apiece when we got back to the car.


4 vacant camping spots up here-- only a 1 mile walk in. lots of available firewood for anyone with a little muscle.

off road driving
Saturday, December 17, 2016

The trail on the map that goes east and then south from the Minnehaha Mine does not exist. It has been closed for years.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A beautiful mountain area to explore, and lots to explore. Camp here for a week or two and you still won't see all the trails.
Another fine job....

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Another great job Ed. This is a great area to ride and you never run out of trails.

More great areas to ride ATV's! Idaho has everything to offer for the ATVer, hiker, horse back rider and even the walkers.
Great job!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I have rode some of these areas and they are absolutly beautiful and full of history.
Great job!

horseback riding
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Dad took me and the other kids here in the early 90's. I don't think we started at Warren, though... We took a boat down the river and a raft for part. Then we rode up on horseback. I remember shooting his .44 magnum when we got to the lookout.

I also recall fishing (quite successfully!) at a decent sized lake somewhere out here. I was too young to be able to tell you where, though! I'd love to retrace these steps someday!

I think anyone would have considered my dad a real mountain man out here at some point (he was a hunting guide around 1970).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdG3O-Gmb4c

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This trail is usually not open until July due to the snowpack.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Burgdorf is also in the Payette National Forest, near McCall, Idaho, not the Gospel Hump Wilderness.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This area is usually not accessible until the middle of June due to the annual snowpack.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This trail is not accessible anytime until July at the earliest due to annual snowfall and snowpack.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice hike. The lake is tucked in and takes you by surprise

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice hike

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

The hike was great for my family of ages ranging from 3 - 60! We took our lunches and hiked through wooded areas and meadows before getting to the lake. We stopped there and ate our lunches at an available campsite. This was the perfect hike for an easy day hike. I did not fish it, so I am not sure how that is in Duck Lake.

hiking
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Very nice trail. Not much shade on the trail. Very pretty

Stumbled across your Warren write up. Wow! I see your other guides, some places of which I've been too, and others I intend too. Great posts. In regards to one of the hunters you ran into, several years ago my father-in-law traveled on the trail from the Hettinger Ranch into the Frank. He almost lost a mule when the pack hit the side and pushed the mule over...almost. Luckily, the mule saved itself. Father-in-law took a different way out and will never ride that trail again. Thanks for your detail and efforts here and your other guides! Great Stuff.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

We visited the area in 2013 and explored two more old gold mines. I added three more POI's and more photos to this guide.

One of the mines had several structures. Both had old mining equipment.

wizonkiz,

As you know, I am a fair weather rider. Maybe we will have decent weather for next year. It would really be nice to have a smoke free ride. Most of the photos and videos in the guide are hazy due to the forest fires smoke.

Thanks for the kind words.

Ed, great review, too bad I didn't see it before we made the trip a couple years ago, we missed so much stuff we didn't know about until seeing this, maybe next year!!! Sorry we missed seeing you this fall, we were a few days late I quess...Wiz

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The highway road sign at the Josephine Lake Road is gone, but the sign for FR 316 on the dirt road is still there.

I added photos of the Chinook Salmon Counting Station on Lake Creek and of the headwaters of the Secesh River to the POIs.

We discovered the Humbolt Mine on this trip. I added it as a POI to this guide. It is about a mile hike off the California Road. The map shows a shorter route to the mine, but we didn't take it.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

We visited the Warren Dredge and the grand kids went fishing in the Dredge Ponds. Everyone caught a few rainbow trout.

It was hot, and dusty due to lack of rainfall. It was also smoky due to nearby forest fires.

The trails are clear.

Everyone had a good time in spite of the hot, dry, and smoky weather.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I added a short Trail Camera video of a wolf to this guide.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I just returned from camping at the Pete Creek Trail Head for about 14 days with my horses. I videoed friends riding their horses across the Lake Creek Meadow there and added the video to this guide.

Most of the campgrounds in the area have "Closed" signs on them. The USFS is afraid that beetle killed trees in the campgrounds will fall on someone. Camping is at your own risk in these areas. This doesn't seem to deter many campers.

The voracious horse flies are another matter. Maybe some kind of beetle can start eating them.

Most of the campgrounds in the area have "Closed" signs. There are a lot of beetle killed trees in the campgrounds and the USFS is concerned some might fall. Camping is still allowed "AT Your Own Risk".

The only one completely closed is the one in POI #2. Potable water is still available here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Friends fished Bear Lake in July, 2012 and reported the lake is full of stunted brook trout. This is a fairly common occurrence with lakes with brookies.

They also advised the road uphill to Keystone Meadows was rough and somewhat washed out. They said it is a better ATV road than a full sized vehicle road.

hiking
8 months ago

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