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.

21.9 miles
4137 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips





wild flowers


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.

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.

9 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.

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.