Explore the most popular kid 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.

great view! worth the drive

The road up to the trailhead is a dirt road, very bumpy for about 1.5 miles before the trailhead. Bathroom 20 min drive before trailhead.

At the end of May, the access road was still covered in snow that couldn’t be cleared probably by any vehicle, and the bathroom at the trailhead was still locked.

We hiked up the road from Box Lake trailhead anyways, because we were feeling like go-getters and had come all the way, and decided to camp at Duck Lake. Only about a 1/3 of the trail was covered in snow, mainly the portion closest to Duck Lake, and a thin layer of ice was still covering half the lake’s surface.

No sight of bears. Tons of giant fallen trees covering the trail and access road. According to Payette National Forest site, this trail hasn’t been maintained since summer 2016, but scheduled for July of this year. We’ll definitely return again to cover the whole route to Loon Lake once the conditions are better. Contrary to the info other sites offer about this trail (best season starting in March), it is obviously still not in season by May.

The hot springs is on Private property and is not part of the Boise NF. It's a very dirty place that no one takes care of. Trash and vandalism are rampant.

backpacking
10 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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

rafting trips, the night b4 campground, very nice and friendly little park.

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!

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

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

scenic driving
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This is a unique place to go take a natural Hot Springs. It is a beautiful place to have a picnic. No hiking required. You can drive right to the Hot Springs. There is only one shack left but there is one outside as well. Well worth the experience.

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.

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.

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.

camping
Monday, October 06, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014