Explore the most popular walking 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.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Backpacked/snowshoed on 3/14/18. Trail was easy to follow even with a few feet of snow on it. Easy hike in, bridge was covered up to the railing with snow. The snow-capped boulders in free creek were beautiful. Falls are a 1/4 mile to the left after the bridge. Once there, pretty much slid down to the bottom. The climb back up was sapping, resulting in a pretty exhausting hike back to the trailhead. The hike is basically downhill on the way in and uphill on the way out. Really nice hike though.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike with a surprise waterfall.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! The falls are beautiful & the trail well maintained. There is some construction on the road up Brundage Mountain. (Pilot car.) Probably won't last long. Just a perfect trail showcasing the beauty of Idaho.

Beautiful. Made it to the waterfall and it was worth it!!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful!! A bit steep for me as I am a beginner, but so lovely. We didn't make it to the falls but we will definitely be back. Lovely this time of year but pretty cold.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike.. beautiful scenery. Only bad thing it's a very popular trail. There will be lot's of people

Easy trail, but very sunny, so go early.

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
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.

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Good for kids and dogs as long as neither are prone to jump in rapids. Beautiful hike. Partial shade. Moderately trafficked.

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.

trail running
9 months ago

This is a beautiful little hike. Started at 6pm. Ran, hiked, it. The falls are about 1/4 mile past the wooden bridge. Take the left fork. I was too busy trying to catch my sun that I went the wrong way for a bit. Anyway beautiful view of a decent sized waterfall. Ran, hiked it back up. Pretty steep and invigorating. Oh ya, 85% shaded so perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice moderate hike - shade throughout, stream by your side and ends in a waterfall. Towards the end it gets a bit steep. Even though trailhead says 2.8mi, I recorded 2.4mi. Can get a little confusing when you get to the top but don't go any further after the climb up the rocks. The water fall is right there, hidden from view.

hiking
9 months ago

We made it about 3/4 of the way to the lake from our base camp at Boulder Lake. Still a lot of snow and the trail was hard to find at times. After fording Rapid Creek too much snow made the trail impossible to find. Absolutely beautiful and can't wait to go back after the snow melts a bit more.

hiking
9 months ago

The 9.1 miles must be for an ATV trail. The hiking route is 1.4 miles and about 800 vertical. Had to cross Boulder Creek on a log to get started, and then hiking on an ATV trail for much of the way, but no traffic today. Lake is reminiscent of Sawtooth Lake, very pretty.

hiking
9 months ago

Enjoyed this trail, but I think we didn't quite make it to the falls.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! Down hill most of the way in is great but that means uphill all the way out. From the bridge to the falls is not too far but the last little bit is quite rocky and steep. I would say 8 and older for a hike like this. Lots of water right now and beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! Down hill most of the way in is great but that means uphill all the way out. From the bridge to the falls is not too far but the last little bit is quite rocky and steep. I would say 8 and older for a hike like this. Lots of water right now and beautiful.

on Goose Creek Falls

hiking
10 months ago

Great hiking with plenty of beautiful scenery.

10 months ago

Fun easy hike, good for kids. Enjoyed the hot springs at the end.

mountain biking
10 months ago

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

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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

snowshoeing
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Clear trail till you get down to the falls. Then became a little questionable on safety.

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!

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