Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

4th of July weekend. It was Hot! Very little shade do to the Fire and all the burnt trees. We did the loop and and on the way back the trail got narrow a bit and at times the trail had a high cliff going down to the river. We had to keep moving out of the way for Motorbikes. It was tough when the trail was so narrow. We also seen a few Motorbikes that had fallen down the steep cliff and were left next to the river. The lake was so beautiful and crisp cold, so it was refreshing. We didn't make it to the plane due to flooding. Will try and go back when it is cooler and hopefully see the plane.

Great trail with a beautiful destination! Highly recommend!

The road to the trailhead is not well marked, so watch closely for FS 316.

2 months ago

Backpacked in over Labor Day weekend. We went counter-clockwise, starting with crossing the bridge at the trailhead. Trails were well maintained, but exposed because of the fire, so it was HOT.
Once we got to the loop to go to the plane, the trails were a disaster. Continuing counter-clockwise there's a fallen tree that you have to climb over about every 5 feet or so, and then if you go the other way it's a complete marsh with no clear trail and even more deadfall to climb and navigate over. Kind of an ass-kicker on the way back, but that's probably because our morning started with 1.5 hours of navigating through the marsh and deadfall so we were already tired.
Fun trip though, plane was cool.

3 months ago

A group of 8 of us just hiked this loop a couple of days ago. We went down on the West side of the loop (right of the trailhead) and came back up along the Secesh River on the East side of the loop. The hike was fun, moderate, not hard at all but I was disappointed to see so many burned down trees. Although we still enjoyed the hike it would have been breathtaking before the fire destroyed most of the area in the late 2000s. The West side of the loop was very hot and dusty with little shade but the East side along the river was much nicer. We camped at a great beach spot in front of the lake the first night and hiked to see the 23 Bomber which was pretty neat. The hike to the Bomber was easy although we had to climb over burned down logs most of the way. There was also water crossing to it so bring water shoes or climb over a large log. It's easier to hike to the Bomber by taking a right from the campground in front of the lake since we heard the left side was very marshy and wet. The second day we found a hidden Hot Springs called Secesh hotsprings. It was quite a climb up the mountain along the spring but breathtaking once up above. We almost gave up trying to find it but we just kept going up almost to the top of the mountain... There were 2-3 decent size pools but pretty dirty although we cleaned one and enjoyed it. The second night we camped on an awesome beach spot with white sand by the Secesh River. This spot was to the right of the bridge off the Secesh R Trail towards Whangdoodle Trail. About a mile off that trail we crossed the river to find the hotsprings and the beach camp spot was about a half mile back from there. The hotsprings was before the Whangdoodle Trail. Overall we had a spectacular time although I wish I would have known about the burned down trees the entire hike...

This is an awesome day hike! Lunch at the lake and WWII plane wreckage to look at!

3 months ago

We hiked this trail instead of MTB. Decent trail once you figured out how to get there.. absolutely nothing is marked so make sure you have your trail map handy! Double track logging trail pretty dusty until you get to the single track.

Beautiful views and it’s fun to see the ski hill in summer

on Loon Lake Loop Trail

3 months ago

My first backpacking trip. I had day hiked this in 2006 with my kids. This was my first overnighter. Sad to see the damage to the forest from the fire but the new growth is encouraging. We saw a wolf on the trail heading out early morning.

Went clockwise around trails perfect day hike and plane wreckage was amazing to see! For me 4 hours with a short sandwich stop.

mountain biking
4 months ago

It’s ok, most of the trail is very rocky, wide road used for atv , trail better after getting to top elevation.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mountain biking was great

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

mountain biking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Nice well maintained trail. Very busy on weekends with hikers and bikers though.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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, May 25, 2017

Beautiful views. A bit rocky in some sections. Fun loop.

mountain biking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fun downhill trail for mountain biking. Intermediate skill set needed. Rocks, logs, and stream crossings.

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.

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!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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

off road driving
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

great trail lots of beauty all around

Saturday, July 23, 2016

great scenery in a great climate. Lots of options for different routes. close to town.

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.

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.

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