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Payette Trail 970 is a 13.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jacksonville, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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: 13.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,999 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching





wild flowers


Sat Feb 09 2019

Mon Dec 18 2017

Great hike.... not to much up and down, and would be great for bikes although we walked... def do again.

Tue Dec 06 2016

beautiful trail. mostly level. not sure how far we made it. amazing seeing the lake so low.

Thu Oct 20 2016

Usually do this during the summer months with my daughter and our dogs, taking dips along the way. Have backpacked all the way around the Lake few years back.

Sat Oct 01 2016

Great hike when water is up, skip it when the water level is low.

Sat Jul 30 2016

Trail is in the woods with sporadic views of the lake. Not much altitude change and not much excitement either. Saw some deer, geese, woodpeckers and turkey.

Mon May 30 2016

Love this spot. Good easy trail and lots of water for the dogs to play in.

Wed Mar 09 2016

Decent trail to break up the boredom of winter, but not the best for scenery or physical challenge. Definitely an easy trail, and despite the trail being poorly marked at times, I think it would be difficult to get too lost. We made this a loop by hiking back to the French Gulch TH on some of the other connecting trails. We hiked on Valentine's Day and passed by several other groups or couples. I caught a nice vista over the lake once or twice, but nothing amazing (given, Southern Oregon and Northern CA trails offer some stiff competition in the "best views" category!).

Sun Mar 08 2015

The Beginning of Payette trail is pretty nice an forresty then it gets more scrubby and on the side of the hill with the lake WAY below. I liked the beginning but not the rest so much. It looked pretty sweet continuing on from Payette TRHD but I had to turn around at that point

Tue Jul 22 2014

Awesome trail following the lakeshore. Beautiful outlooks and numerous spots to jump in the lake to cool off in the hot summer months. Very peaceful. It is one of my favorites for trail running when you dont want intense hills (though there are plenty of hill options to go off on). My dog loves it too...of course she gets to swim a lot!! Very little foot/bike traffic.

Tue Sep 04 2012


Sat Oct 15 2011

This trail starts out at the French Gulch Trail Head and walks along the lake for about a mile. As it heads away from the lake, the path comes to a 4 way intersection that leads off on other trails. Its hard to keep track of the Payette Trail. Its a nice hike for a getting out and doing something but not much as far as views and scenery once you travel away from the lake.

4 months ago

Wed Jul 11 2018

Sat Oct 07 2017

Fri Jun 16 2017

Tue Mar 29 2016