Duck Lake to Loon Lake Trail

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Duck Lake to Loon Lake Trail is a 21.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New Meadows, Idaho that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
21.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4137 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Duck Lake is an easy hike that is about 2 miles round trip. It is suitable for most ages and 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 trail. There is a sign for it about 1/2 a mile before you get to Duck Lake and it says Hum Lake is 2 miles from the sign.

backpacking
24 days ago

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.

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.

11 months ago

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.

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.