Hiking & Trails

Little Bear Basin ski trails (Intermediate or skilled beginner)

The Payette Lakes Ski Club has expanded its Nordic ski terrain into Little Bear Basin. Skiers and snowshoers now have about 12 kilometers of trails groomed for both classic and skate skiers.

The trails wind through forests and meadows on private and U.S. Forest Service property. It adds another option to the many groomed trails currently available in the McCall area. A daily trail pass is $6 per person and an extra $2 if you have dogs. There is a fee box at the trailhead where you can pay, or you can go a half mile down the road to the Little Ski Hill lodge, which also has food and beverages.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take Idaho 55 to McCall and continue on Idaho 55 about 2 miles to the west. The parking lot is about a tenth of a mile past mile marker 147.

Open to: Cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

Ideal for: Beginner and intermediate classic and skate skiers and snowshoers.

Trailhead elevation: About 5,200 feet.

Destination elevation: Varies. Rolling terrain in forests and meadows.

Length: About 12 kilometers total, but you can do shorter loops within the trail network.

Difficulty: Intermediate or skilled beginner.

Out and back or loop: A network of loops.

Wildlife you might see: Not much in winter.

Notes/bathrooms: Chemical toilet is at the trailhead.

Information: Call (208) 634-5691 or www.littleskihill.org

If you've hiked or biked a trail you'd like to see featured, call Niki Forbing-Orr at (208) 377-6446, or e-mail outdoors@ idahostatesman.com. Articles and photos submitted to The Idaho Statesman may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.