Hiking & Trails

Goose Creek Falls trail (Moderate)

Cool forests, a short trail and a waterfall: It sounds like the recipe for a perfect hike.

That's why the Goose Creek Falls trail is one of the most popular on the Payette National Forest. Forest Service crews and volunteers are restoring the old trail from Last Chance Campground to the falls. They are improving the trail so there are fewer creek crossings and to give campers at Last Chance an easy opportunity to find the falls. Until then, your best option is to head up Goose Lake Road to the upper elevation parking lot and head down the trail.

How to get there: From McCall, take Idaho 55 west to Goose Lake Road. Take it to the parking area about a half mile before the ski area.

Open to: Hikers and bikers, but bicyclists shouldn't go down it unless you feel like pushing your bike back out.

Ideal for: A short, scenic hike in a cool forest.

Trailhead elevation: 5,760 feet.

Destination elevation: 5,080 feet.

Length: About 2 miles one way.

Difficulty: Moderate. It's fairly steep.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: Deer and elk.

Notes/bathrooms: Bathrooms are at the trailhead.

Information: Check the Payette National Forest map or log on to www.fs.fed.us/r4/payette

If there's 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.

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