Check the weather before you head to this trail. Even though it's a snowshoe trail, there might not be enough snow to even need snowshoes.
The loop trail is at Tamarack Resort. It's a marked trail through the forest and intersects several Nordic ski trails. It's also a good place to go if some members of the family prefer skiing and others prefer snowshoeing. You can start either next to the bridge near the Rock Creek Poma chairlift, or drive past it and park off the paved road in a plowed area and hike a short distance to the loop. Stop by the Nordic Area at Tamarack's main village, where you can get the $13 trail pass you will need. You also can rent snowshoes there.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take Idaho 55 north to Donnelly and follow the Tamarack signs 7 miles to the resort.
Open to: Snowshoers.
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Ideal for: A moderate to strenuous snowshoe hike.
Trailhead elevation: About 5,000 feet.
Destination elevation: About 5,300 feet maximum elevation.
Length: About 3.5 miles.
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous.
Out and back or loop: Loop.
Wildlife you might see: Not much in winter, maybe a squirrel or a fox.
Notes/bathrooms: Bathrooms, stores, restaurants, rentals, etc. are at Tamarack's main village.
Information: www.tama rackidaho.com
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