Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Ponderosa State Park

Ponderosa State Park is one of the most popular parks in the state, and for good reason. It's a four-season place that has a lot to offer every month of the year. In the fall, the colors change, and the park shows of its brilliant reds and golds. There's a nice variety of trails, from paved paths to twisty singletrack for mountain biking and other trails dedicated for hikers only. You never know what you're going to encounter weather-wise in the fall. It can be anything from a sunny, warm day to a snowstorm, but that's part of the fun. You're never far from the visitors center or downtown McCall, so a cup of hot chocolate is just minutes away.

Know a trail? Call David Parker at (208) 672-6731 or e-mail outdoors@idahostatesman.com.

Trail of the Week

Open to: hikers and mountain bikers (some trails are closed to mountain biking). 

Ideal for: a great nature hike close to McCall.

Trailhead elevation:about 5,000 feet.

Destination elevation: varies.

Length: varies

Difficulty: easy to moderate.

Out and back or loop: There are several loops.

Wildlife you might see: More than 100 species of birds have been seen at the park.

Information: www.idahoparks.org.