Looking for a great trail near Mackay, Idaho? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs leash 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 8 moderate trails in Mackay ranging from 3 to 11 miles and from 6,788 to 9,799 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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rocky
scramble
23 days ago

Climbed in late September, much easier than I had imagined. Don't let the ridge scare you, as long as it's not covered in snow it's safe. 3 points of contact at all times and a rope isn't really needed. The last few hundred meters is a scramble but just take it slow. Some of the best views of any state high point!

hiking
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Hiked it yesterday but had to turn around by COR due to snow storm rolling in. Would recommend but snow a good 1.5 feet deep around half way up. Plan on coming back to summit

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

great hike! bring gloves for the ridge and the cold! fair amount of snow up above 11k. round trip about 7.5 hours. weather was not looking good as we drove away so I'm sure conditions will not be great moving forward.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked yesterday. Some snow on the trail after COR.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Bring gloves and wear sunscreen, a good chunk of the hike is through snow and well above treeline. Be prepared to scramble and to lower yourself ~10-12 feet onto a snow bridge via a climbing rope. Steep as all hell but the views are well worth it, 10/10

hiking
4 months ago

Holy cow that is a steep one! The trail pretty much goes straight up the mountain. Once you get above tree line it’s all rock and the rock is very loose and sharp. I took my dog with me and it was pretty hard on his feet but we made it. So I would say if you plan on taking your dog make sure they have boots or something to protect their feet. Besides that the views were incredible. But the Lost River Range is no joke, very steep and rugged terrain so take your time and be sure of your footing. Also All Trails said that it was only 4.5 miles but my GPS tracked it at 5.7 miles total

hiking
4 months ago

Very steep but enjoyable hike with great scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail in excellent condition. Super exhausting and tiring. The chicken out ridge is really a thrilling experience. One of the most amazing hikes I have ever done

hiking
4 months ago

Everything was great. there was a little new snow, but not on the trail.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Awesome Hike... be ready for a good effort and try to pick a day when weather not an issue. COR not that bad so don't let that deter you.. just be mindful as you will be literally scrambling/climbing up and around rocks .. there are plenty of hand/foot holds and drop off not that daunting... there is a 15' section where this is a rope in place to help you out.. was a bit muddy with some snow at very top as it had snowed a few days prior.. spectacular views .. poles helpful for most of hike except in rock pass section. door to door took us 7 hours.. bring gloves... a good attitude and some miles under the legs.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike as always. trail is steep for the first 3/4 mile but great little hike

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. We took our kids for the first time on an overnight backpacking trip. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 9. Let’s just say the trail is steep, but we made it! Took us about an hour and a half to get to our camp spot on iron bog on the West side. Sweet camping spots over there, lots of coverage from sun and wind, but scarce on wood... bring hatchet or saw. The pebble “beach” next to our camp spot was perfect! In warm weather it would be great for swimming or fishing.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is in great shape. Lots of people out today, we had great weather. It's a pretty grueling hike, the elevation really got to me. COR was intimidating but much less so on the way down. Several people skirted around the ridge though I don't know if I would recommend it.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Second time up, and not any easier than 16 years ago. Tips: 1) Bring wet wipes and pee before you leave the tree line (but there are a couple ledges out of view near the top); 2)Bring 3-4 liters of water and hide a liter water bottle at the top of the tree line to retrieve on your way down; 3) bring windbreaker, poles and garden/work gloves; 4) keep track of where go over Chicken Out Ridge, so you can find your way back the same way; 5) take 5-10 minute breaks on the way up to acclimate and avoid altitude impairment; 6) DO NOT BRING A DOG; 7) avoid windburn with chapstick, etc.; and 8) the time up and time down are about the same because the rock and dirt are slick and difficult. AFTERWARDS: Check out Challis Hotsprings or Gold Bug Hotsprings

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Took me about 1:15 up and 45 down. Worth the drive - recommend SUV for the approach.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a fantastic hike; the trail follows the creek the whole way so there’s plenty of water. It’s a gradual incline most of the way. Steeper at the end but very doable. The scenery is spectacular, especially the waterfall at the end, spewing out the rock. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. You might want to bring hiking booties for your dogs though because it’s crushed rock much of the way and may be tough on their paws. One word of caution; finding the trailhead was a bit challenging. The location indicated by this app was incorrect and Apple Maps took me to the wrong spot. The gravel road leading to the trailhead forks and the app has you take the right fork, but that’s wrong. Adding to the confusion is a poorly placed sign at the fork that says “trail” with an arrow that appears to be telling you to take the right fork. Don’t. Just. stay on the main gravel road till the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views. Chicken out ridge can be bypassed on the left side but you still have to scramble a bit. Make sure you're conditioned before this hike. Bring a jacket, it's cold at the top!

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Not much more can be said for this trail I guess but from my perspective chicken out ridge wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I stayed to the side instead of the ridge line and that worked great. That last 1,000 feet can be tough but you are almost there, you can do it!

hiking
4 months ago

*the road to get to the head of the trial is pretty rough* First time ever hiking and I went with a friend. The beginning took a lot out of me but again I am an inexperienced hiker and out of shape

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

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