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hiking
5 days ago

I had originally planned this as a relaxing three night trip but plans changed as the “inn” was full when I arrived at EchoLske so I had to push it out a bit further than planned. I spent the second night at Dog Lake and then back to starting line with a short hop up to Lower Cannon. I found this loop to be a very tough hike. Unlike the Eagle Cap where water is plentiful that is not the case here. There was a stretch of almost nine miles with no trail side water. The hikes to the lakes are all a bit tough. I concur with someone else’s recommendation for doing the looping a counter clockwise direction. If you want to do a day hike then go clockwise to lower Cannon and get some great views of “The Devils”. I also concur with the idea that you should have some experience as this is not a walk-in the park.

backpacking
20 days ago

We did this loop 5 days 4 nights. It was 42 miles including a hike to Dry Diggins lookout, Baldy Lake, Horse Heaven cabin and Lower Cannon Lake. We camped off the trail except for Baldy Lake and hiked packs off for the remaining. We found excellent and/or adequate camp sites every night. By the end of hiking in 80+degree heat, you will sleep anywhere. Bonus of heat is mosquitoes were minimal. Lucky to have had volunteers just finish cleaning out the trail between Echo and Baldy, made for great trail conditions on 90% of the loop. It was a harder hike than we anticipated, but the extra day was good for resting up. Beautiful country and amazing views until the last day the smoke from the fires in the area was rolling in.

Excellent hike great workout

backpacking
1 month ago

Took us 2.5 days to make it around. Didn’t do any of the lake trails except lower cannon. Beautiful scenery despite the fire season smoke.

Beautiful hike! Lake was full of fish

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail close to Riggins. It starts out a bit dry and warm but once you get near the water it is a comfortable hike. We did have to deal with the poison ivy but it was easily avoided.

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing loop but you better be in shape to do it or have 3-4 days min to make it around.

Great hike today with perfect weather. Approximately an hour in and a bit longer on the way out. The road had just been graded.

backpacking
2 months ago

Had a great overnight backpacking trip on the West Fork, about 5.5-5.75 miles from the trailhead. This is a decently used and well taken care of trail with some poison ivy along the way, but you should be fine if you wear long pants. Be prepared for a climb after you cross the second bridge and take the trail up the west fork, there’s a significant elevation gain before you reach the first of the campsites. River was accessible off and on for water after the first few miles of the hike (don’t forget to filter!) Overall, beautiful views and great hike!

backpacking
3 months ago

Great views. We picked this location because the mountain trails still had snow, but it might as well have been summer here! There is at least one fish in the river. More than that, I can't confirm.

backpacking
4 months ago

Awesome! Great hike. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
5 months ago

So beautiful! I loved how one minute you’re down by the river and the next high up along the ridge.

hiking
11 months ago

Serene Lake is a sweet gem of a hike. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a trail you could easily day hike or backpack and camp.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

seven devil's is a hard hike. Lots of elevation change and at times very cool views. the original plan was to hike the whole loop, but because of time we couldn't finish the whole loop so we turned around and came back. We started the hike counterclockwise and went out to dry diggs. dry digs itself makes the hike worth it, getting multiple different views of canyons and the snake river. I would definetly recommend this hike. Only thing I would not recommend is getting a flat tire. (it sucks).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

such a beautiful, clean, well taken care of trail. The creek lives up to its name! excellent trail for dogs.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

There was a good amount of smoke due to wildfires, so a couple of us had trouble breathing for part of it. It took us 11 hours with breaks to do the whole loop (10am-9pm). The trail is mostly well marked except for a section 2/5 of the way. If you do the loop counterclockwise, you hit most of the altitude right away and you have smoother sailing for the second half. The area is very warm and dry, but there are enough creeks to fill up if you have a purifier. There is a 12 mile section without any creeks, so plan accordingly. Very beautiful route.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Another great job Ed. This is a great area to ride and you never run out of trails.

off road driving
Friday, November 11, 2016

This trail is in the Payette National Forest, not Gospel Hump.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This trail is usually not open until July due to the snowpack.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Burgdorf is also in the Payette National Forest, near McCall, Idaho, not the Gospel Hump Wilderness.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This area is usually not accessible until the middle of June due to the annual snowpack.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice hike. The lake is tucked in and takes you by surprise

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice hike

on Rapid River Trail

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Beautiful hike.

backpacking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Awesome trail, it's very well taken care of and a beautiful all day hike.

hiking
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Very nice trail. Not much shade on the trail. Very pretty

hiking
Sunday, June 15, 2014

I've hiked this loop numerous times and have always found it to be an outstanding wilderness trip. Of course, you can hike the loop in either direction but I would recommend counter-clockwise. You will want to deviate from the loop and locate your campsites at the many lakes which are located on trails which head toward the main crest. Sheep, Echo and Baldy are among my favorites. You will add to the mileage by camping off the loop, but you will also find much more scenic and enjoyable camps. The east side of the range is much drier than the west with fewer camping areas. Experienced hikers can complete this loop as an overnight, but to savor the experience, I would recommend 3-4 days at least.

The access road which is 17 miles long leaves Highway 95 south of Riggins. It is primarily dirt and/or gravel and gets a little rough near the end; best for higher clearance vehicles. There are two campgrounds near the trail head.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The trail is an old logging road and is wide enough. It is also very rough and washed out.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I just returned from camping across the road from the Corduroy Campground which was closed.

While we were there, we watched a logging operation remove beetle killed trees from Corduroy and three other area campgrounds.

The campgrounds are open again in case anyone is into winter camping. The temperatures were getting into single digits at night before I left.

The roads/trails were clear and the Carey Creek Trail is still as rough and rocky as ever.

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