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trail into lake either direction is in perfect shape. lots of hard work has obviously gone in to clearing deadfall. trails to the bomber crash site were in horrible condition. watch for Mamma Moose and baby at crash site. very very marshy conditions. in mid -late July. at upper end of lake.

We hiked this last year in June 2016. We hiked to the bomber which was a challenge. The water was high and we had to cross two rivers. It worked out because there were a lot of downed trees we had to hike over so the cold water was a welcome. If you're up for an adventure I'd say do it!! It took us from start to finish with a few resting points about 6 hours.

mountain biking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

I enjoyed this trail. I would say it is moderate in difficulty but the last half that follows the river is a little tricky. I did this in 2014 and have it on my list for 2017 again. Skilled mountain bikers should have no issues with this trail.

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!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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

backpacking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Good for a shorter hike. Not as scenic as trails in the Sawtooths, but no snow on the trail for Memorial Day Weekend.

camping
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This was a great trail for our family's first backpacking experience. We camped right on the beach at Loon Lake and our boys (ages 9 and 11) loved swimming in the shallow lake, catching frogs, hiking over to check out the bomber and waking up to a moose right outside of our tent in the morning!

mountain biking
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Great ride. if you want to ride 20 plus miles it is recommended to start at Ruby Meadows and return to Chinnock Camp Ground. Bomber is a short hike left side of lake.

camping
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Great easy hike! Camped one night. Loon lake was beautiful and loved that there was some history there with the B-23 bomber plane wreckage. Not a bad spot to pick to crash a plane. All 8 men survived. Incredible! It's definitely worth the 2 hour hike!

hiking
Sunday, June 07, 2015

This hike was a pleasant one. The main loop and hike which is the 10 miles doesn't take you around the lake to the crash site of the B-23. Plan an extra 2 miles for this as well as a couple hours as the "trail" to the crash site is obstructed with hundreds of downed trees from the fires that came through this area a few years ago. If you make the trip in early spring, plan on getting wet if you want to get to the crash site, the water level is very high and the plane itself is in about 8 inches of water.

All in all it's a good day hike and the area is recovering from the fires a few years ago, lots of young growth and green, mixed with gray and charred trees.

hiking
Monday, July 21, 2014

I would give this 4 stars, but due to fires in the area within the last couple of years there are many downed trees on the trail. The area is recovering very nicely though. The ground is green and lush, just expect to see many burnt trees.

Also, note the trail does not fully loop around the lake! In order to get to the bomber crash site you must cross a creek on the far side (no bridge) and walk a through a thick, sometimes wet grassy area without a trail. I didn't learn this until after I had turned around so I'll be going back for the plane next year!

hiking
Sunday, September 16, 2012

This is a great lake to hike into for many reasons! The scenery is awesome is just one reason among many others, but the main reason is the remain of a World War 2 plane that rest at the south end of the lake.

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.

Friday, August 20, 2010

I added a short video recorded with my pocket camera to the Chinook Campground POI (#1). The video is of Chinook Salmon spawning in the Secesh River near the auto bridge on Warren Wagon Road.

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mountain biking
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mountain biking
Wednesday, July 04, 2007