Hiking & Trails

Grass Mountain Lakes Trail (Easy to moderate)

Hikes to mountain lakes often require long, steep climbs, so it's nice to occasionally find one that doesn't require a Marine Corps fitness-level to reach.

Grass Mountain lakes are popular because getting there requires a fairly short hike with modest climbing. The trail winds through a mix of forest and meadows, and there's one trail in and one out, so it's easy to navigate.

The trail is open to motorcycles, but it's a pretty rugged and technical trail, so you probably won't encounter them. But they are allowed, so if you're likely to be upset by the rumbling sound of a trail machine coming up the trail, you might want to try one of the other nearby trails.

How to get there: From McCall take Idaho 55 to the Goose Lake/Brundage Mountain Road. The trailhead is on the right side of the road about 20 miles from McCall and about seven miles past Goose Lake.

Open to: Hikers, horseback riders and motorcycles.

Ideal for: Hiking into a mountain lake without a punishing climb.

Trailhead elevation: 7,120 feet.

Destination elevation: 7,400 feet.

Length: About 2 miles one way.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: Deer, elk, wolves, chipmunks, grouse.

Information: Grab a Payette National Forest map.

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