Best trails in Payette National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Payette National Forest, Idaho? AllTrails has 58 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 33 moderate trails in Payette National Forest ranging from 1.3 to 92.3 miles and from 2,158 to 8,681 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Goose Creek Falls
Payette National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Goose Creek Falls is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near New Meadows, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options anShow more
#2 - Boulder Lake Loop Trail
Payette National Forest
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
Great hike. Park at Louie Lake Trailhead and walk up to Louie Lake. Once you reach the top of the levee, look on the north side for the Boulder Lake Trailhead.Show more
#3 - Louie Lake Trail
Payette National Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
A large portion of this trail is on a fire road, so you might be sharing the trail with off-road driving vehicles. Users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please contact tShow more
#4 - Loon Lake Loop Trail
Payette National Forest
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 5 h 40 m
Hikers/walkers usually start from Chinook Campground and loop across the campground bridge to Loon Lake and return over the CCC Bridge and up the Secesh River. It is about 10 miles round trip. It is aShow more
#5 - Box Lake Trail
Payette National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
Box Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near McCall, Idaho that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, campinShow more
#6 - Council Mountain Hot Springs
Payette National Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
Council Mountain Hot Springs is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Council, Idaho that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more
#7 - Baby Bear, Sleepy Hollow, Blue Ridge, Upper Drain, and Grand Traverse Trails Loop
Payette National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
These trails are part of the Bear Basin Trails System within the Payette National Forest. There are many trails and access points in this area, with varying difficulties. The map shown on this page hShow more
#8 - Duck Lake to Loon Lake Trail
Payette National Forest
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Length: 21.9 mi • Est. 11 h 37 m
This hike ends at a beautiful lake with a nice meadow. You can continue on the trail and end at Loon Lake, but that is another 10+ miles one way or head to Hum lake which is located off the same trailShow more
#9 - Josephine Lake Trail
Payette National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
Josephine Lake is a beautiful high mountain lake and it is just a short hike from the trail head. The trail is well marked. This is a very scenic area. Summit Creek parallels the paved part of the WaShow more
#10 - Granite Mountain Trail 165
Payette National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
Granite Mountain Trail 165 is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of aShow more
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